Joan Lunden Bio, Age, Height, Husband, Salary, Net Worth, PBS

Joan Lunden Bio, Age, Height, Husband, Salary, Net Worth, PBS

Joan Lunden
Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden Biography

Joan Lunden is an American television host, author, and journalist who currently serves as the host of the PBS program Second Opinion. She officially joined PBS in 2021. Lunden is a retired co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America. She served the channel from 1980 -1997.

As a writer, she has written and published eight books. Further, she has emerged on the Biography Channel and Biography program as well. As of 2014, she worked for NBC’s Today as a special correspondent.

During the early years of her occupation, she was a visiting instructor at Montclair State College in New Jersey. Her main function there was to teach a course in broadcast journalism. Her first news anchor job was at KCRA-TV. Lunden began her broadcasting career in Sacramento, California.

While there, Joan served as co-anchor of the daily noon television news program for Channel 3 and radio. She as well created the noon news broadcast and also hosted KCRA’s TV specials.

Joan Lunden Age

Joan Lunden was born on September 19, 1950, in Fair Oaks, California, United States. Joan is 71 years of age.

Joan Lunden Height

Lunden is a woman of above-average stature and stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches ( Approximately 1.7 meters).

Joan Lunden Family

She was born to her mother Gladyce Lorraine and her father Dr. Erle Murray Blunden on Sep 19, 1950, in Sacramento County, California, United States. Her father worked as a physician.

Joan Lunden Husband

She was wedded to her ex-husband named Michael A. Krauss in 1978. Nevertheless, their marriage ended up in a divorce in 1992.  When she wedded Michael, Joan transformed into Judaism. On Apr 18, 2000, she devoted herself to another marriage by marrying the owner of Camp Takajo named Jeff Konigsberg. Joan and her current husband have four kids.

Before she divorced her ex-husband Michael A. Krauss, they were gifted with three daughters i.e. Jamie Beryl Krauss, born Jul 4, 1980, Lindsay Leigh Krauss, and Sarah Emily Krauss. Furthermore, with her current husband Jeff Konigsberg, the duo has two sets of twins called Jack and Kim who were born in 2005, and Kate and Max who were born in 2003.

Joan Lunden Education

Lunden graduated from the State University of California, Sacramento with a Liberal Arts degree. From there, she joined the former Mexico City campus of Universidad de Las Americas where she studied anthropology and Spanish.

Joan Lunden Salary

Lunden receives an annual salary of  $72,533. This is according to PBS anchor’s/reporters’ salaries.

Joan Lunden’s Net Worth

Lunden has an estimated net worth of 25 million US dollars.

Joan Lunden Career

She presently works as the host of the PBS program Second Opinion since joining in 2021. Prior to that, Joan served on NBC Today as a special correspondent. She served for the network from Sep 30, 2014, until 2021. From 1997 -2000, she worked as a correspondent for ABC News.

Before that, she was a Good Morning America co-anchor from 1980 -1997. Prior to that, she worked as a Good Morning America correspondent and fill-in anchor between 1976 -1980. From 1976 -1980, she was a WABC anchor and reporter.

Lunden officially joined New York’s WABC-TV Eyewitness News in 1975. A year thereafter, she became the co-anchor of the weekend newscasts. She then joined GMA in the fall of 1976 where she worked as a feature news/consumer reporter.

Thereupon, she became a fill-in co-host when former co-host Sandy Hill departed to join ABC’s coverage of the 1976 Winter Olympics. Her popularity resulted in her quick upgrade to become the co-host with David Hartman who was the program’s original host, in 1980.

Thereafter, she spent the majority of her profession serving with ABC’s Charlie Gibson. She conveyed from 26 countries and covered two royal marriages, 5 Olympic Games, and 4 presidents. Due to her rage on the GMA program from the 1970s through the 1990s, she had a golden opportunity to interview public figures such as former U.S. Presidents and First Ladies Gerald and Betty Ford, Bill and Hillary Clinton, George and Barbara Bush, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Further, she covered the administrations and inaugurations of 3 presidents i.e Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush. She was one among the 3 American journalists who were permitted to interview Prince Charles during his 1983 visit to the United States of America. Joan left GMA following serving for 17 years as a co-host. Her last day hosting the show was on Sep 5, 1997.

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