Joan Lunden Biography

Joan Lunden is an American journalist and television host. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements, and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: September 19, 1950

Nationality: American

Famous: Journalists American Women

Also Known As: Joan Elise Blunden

Sun Sign: Virgo

Age: 67 Years

Born in: Fair Oaks, California

Famous as: Journalist

Height: 1.63 m

Spouse/Ex-: Jeff Konigsberg (m. 2000), Michael A. Krauss (m. 1978–1992)

father: Dr. Erle Murray Blunden

mother: Gladyce Lorraine Blunden

children: Jack Konigsberg, Jamie Krauss, Kate Elizabeth Konigsberg, Kimberly Konigsberg, Lindsay Kraus, Max Aaron Konigsberg, Sarah Emily Krauss

City, States, Provinces & Districts: California

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education: California State University, Sacramento, Universidad de Las Americas

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Joan Lunden, born as Joan Elise Blunden, is an American journalist and television host. As of 2014, she was a special correspondent for NBC's news and talk program ‘Today’. She has also served in the network ABC in the past when she was the co-host of ‘Good Morning America’. In addition, she is known for hosting the A&E cable network program ‘Biography’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’ as well as the lifetime series ‘Health Corner’. She is also a writer and has authored numerous books including ‘Joan Lunden's Healthy Living ', 'Mother's Minutes', 'Your Newborn Baby' and 'Joan Lunden's Healthy Cooking '. Talking about her awards and honors, Lunden has received many accolades till date, including the National Women's Political Caucus Award, Spirit of Achievement Award from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New Jersey Division of Civil Rights Award, YWCA Outstanding Woman's Award, Matrix Award from The New York Association for Women in Communications and Baylor University Outstanding Woman of the Year award. Also, National Mother's Day Committee honoured her with the title "Mother of the Year" for her dedication to motherhood. The American journalist earned the WWE's second annual Warrior Award in 2016.

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Joan Lunden
Career
  • Joan Lunden started her journalistic career at KCRA-TV. Then she went on to work in New York's WABC-TV’s program ‘Eyewitness News’ in 1975. She began co-anchoring the weekend newscasts as well. After this, she joined GMA as a feature news reporter and later served as a fill-in co-host for ABC's coverage of Winter Olympics.
  • Lunden spent many years of her journalistic career hosting with ABC's Charlie Gibson. From the 1970s through the 1990s, her popularity on the GMA program gave her the opportunity to interview many U.S. Presidents and First Ladies including Gerald and Betty Ford, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and George and Barbara Bush, to name a few.
  • As a host, Lunden hosted the A&E cable network show ‘Behind Closed Doors’. She also guest-hosted the network’s show ‘Biography’ on several occasions. Besides these, she hosted DirectTV's series titled ‘Hometown Heroes’ and also ‘America's Invisible Children’. Currently, she hosts the Lifetime series ‘Health Corner’.
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Personal Life
  • Joan Lunden was born as Joan Elise Blunden on September 19, 1950 in Fair Oaks, California, USA, to Gladyce Lorraine and Dr. Erle Murray Blunden. She received her liberal arts degree from the California State University, Sacramento. After this, she studied anthropology and Spanish at the Universidad de Las Americas.
  • Talking about her love life, the American journalist was married to TV/radio personality Michael A. Krauss from 1978 to 1992. The couple had three daughters: Sarah Emily Krauss, Lindsay Leigh Krauss, and Jamie Beryl Krauss before getting divorced. Lunden then went on to marry Jeff Konigsberg in 2000. The couple has four kids. On June 24, 2014, the journalist disclosed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She then underwent surgery to remove the cancerous lumps, followed by chemotherapy and radiation to completely destroy the remaining cancer cells. As of 2018, she is healthy and cancer-free.
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