Connie Chung from 1980

Here is a gem from May of 1980 featuring a then-33 year-old Connie Chung, delivering stories on a couple of long-forgotten names in the news. Connie occupied the KNXT Channel 2 in Los Angeles (now KCBS) anchor chair from 1976-1983. The station’s news anchor alumni includes many recognizable names, including Connie’s now-husband, who currently hosts a successful trash TV talk show.

Connie is often credited for paving the way for a lot of Asian-American news journalists since she began her career back in the early 70s, as a correspondent for the CBS Evening News, then anchored by the iconic Walter Cronkite. A few of her more notable interviews were with Claus von Bülow, Magic Johnson, and Martina Navratilova. Probably her best (but not fondly) remembered pairing was with Dan Rather when they did the CBS Evening News together from 1993-1995. Her most infamous stunt was her farewell to her and her hubby’s short-lived 2006 talk show, when she “sang” a lyrically-altered version of “Thanks for the Memory” in an evening gown.

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