Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life


Jane Pauley appears on the 'Today' show for Matt Lauer's birthday.

Margaret Jane Pauley was born on October 31, 1950, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Richard, a milk salesman, and Mary. She discovered that her mother suffered from ovarian cancer when she was only 13. A series of heart attacks and strokes followed and eventually led to her mother's death. Jane has a sister named Anne.

A fresh graduate of Indiana University, Jane Pauley worked at WISH in Indianapolis for three years from 1972 to 1975, and then from 1975 to 1976, joined WMAQ-TV in Chicago. At the time, she became the first woman to co-anchor a weeknight evening newscast in Chicago.


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    “I am 25 years old today and some people say that simply is not old enough. Well, I’m inclined to think it makes precious little difference how old I am.” Jane Pauley

    “I look forward to a long-running conversation with women who share many of the same issues I do and who have a lot of life experience. These are women whom I’m interested in. I want to know what they want to do next. The stories I like tend to be about some kind of transformation or an experience in which someone had to grow or learn something new.” Jane Pauley on her new show, ”The Jane Pauley Show”