Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley


10/31/1950, Indianapolis, Indiana (USA)

Birth Name

Margaret Jane Pauley


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Jane was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended Indiana University,where she received a B.A. in political science. Jane is well known as the long-time morning broadcaster for NBC's Today Show (where she worked from 1976-1989), and as a co-host for NBC's popular news magazine, Dateline. She also hosted…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jane Pauley vs. Deborah Norville appeared as #92 on 2004's 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops on the E! network.

    • The Jane Pauley Show was filmed in the same studio (8G) where Tom Brokaw introduced Jane to the nation in 1976.

    • Jane's talk show debuted in 201 markets, including 148 out of the 150 largest markets. The show was canceled 8 months later.

    • In 1978, Jane received an honorary Doctorate from Depauw University. She was the youngest recipient of the honor ever.

    • Jane and Garry renewed their wedding vows on their 25th wedding anniversary.

    • In 2006, Jane sued The New York Times for allegedly tricking her. She claimed they interviewed her and then used her image and words in a prescription drug advertisement.

    • Jane's mother passed away in August, 1997.

    • Tom Brokaw introduced Jane to her husband, Doonesbury creator, Gary Trudeau.

    • Jane released her autobiography Skywriting: A Life Out Of The Blue in 2004.

    • In 1971, Jane earned her B.A. in political science from Indiana University.

    • In 2004, Jane admitted to having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

    • While working for NBC news, Jane appeared in 5 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know campaign. Her topics were self esteem, a teacher tribute, immunization, breast cancer and school volunteerism.

  • Quotes

    • Jane: My goal is to see that mental illness is treated like cancer.

    • Jane: I have been fiercely private, in part because I could never understand how a journalist could be otherwise. I was also the mother of small children, and security concerns were paramount.

    • Jane: (On her husband)
      The big difference between us professionally is that I am absolutely wedded to the concept of objectivity and fairness, and Garry will point out that, as a satirist, unfairness is his stock and trade.

    • Jane: (In 1989)
      Nobody calls me silly. That is not a word that applies to me.

    • Jane: (On Bryant Gumbel)
      I love the guy and he loves me back. I've always said that one of us will be speaking at the other's funeral -- if I go first, he'll be funnier.

    • Jane: I am not one of the great journalists of my time.

  • Talented and original!

    I have loved Jane Pauley since she was on the Today show back in the 1980's and on Dateline NBC

    Very talented and wished that she was back on tv

    More but has since not appeared on tv ever since she

    Left Dateline NBC. Not just pretty on the outside but also

    Seems to be pretty on the inside as well!