With years of newscasting experience, Julie Suzanne Chen has made quite a name for herself in the entertainment industry. The Queens, New York native is a television personality, news anchor, and journalist, in addition to being a producer for CBS.
Despite being born in America, her family traveled to various parts of China when she was growing up. Her mother grew up in Burma, where Chen’s grandfather became known as a leading journalist. Meanwhile, her father was born in China and was one of the Kuomintang government’s top leaders. Eventually, they all flew to Taiwan.
Attending high school in Queens, Chen was voted "Most Intelligent and Most Likely to Succeed.” Later on, she attended the University of Southern California and earned her degrees of broadcast journalism and English in 1991. However, before she graduated, she took on a job at CBS Morning News in 1989. There, she answered phones and copied faxes for distribution. The next year, she worked for ABC NewsOne as a desk assistant and was promoted to producer for the next three years. Her next job was as a newsanchor for WDTN-TV from 1995 to 1997, forcing her to travel to Dayton, Ohio. She had also been a reporter and weekend anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City.
In 1999, Julie Chen became the anchor for two early morning shows: CBS Morning News and The Early Show. Since 2002, she co-hosted the latter on CBS. However, she gained more fame upon being the host of the American version of the reality series Big Brother. While she was widely criticized for her scripted delivery on the program, she admitted that she doesn’t take offense at being nicknamed “Chenbot” at all.
In 2004, Chen was married to Leslie Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS television. Five years later, it was announced that she was pregnant with their first child. He was born in 2009 and they named him Charlie.
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