Julie Chen is an American television personality, producer and news anchor at CBS. She has known both as the host and hostess of CBS’ The Talk and as the host of the US version of the reality shows Big Brother since its premiere in 2000.
Chen was also the co-host of CBS News’ weekday morning show The Early Show. She also served as the show’s contributing anchor for nearly two years. She worked as a journalist and covered many news stories for the show, including the Iraq war and the conflict between Kuwait and Qatar.
She has also interviewed a handful of prominent politicians and celebrities around the world, including Jennifer Lopez, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Tom Cruise, Queen Rania of Jordan, Ben Affleck and Chris Rock.
In 2017, Chen won an Emmy for outstanding entertainment talk show host Daytime for the first time, alongside Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Sara Gilbert.
Julie Chen is the daughter of Chinese immigrants (Wan Ling Chen and David Y Chen), who was born on January 6, 1970, in Queens, New York City. She has two older sisters, Gladys and Victoria.
Chen was well educated, she began her education at Whitestone Junior High School, Queens, before attending St. Francis Preparatory School, which she graduated from in 1987. She also graduated from the University of Southern California in 1991 with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and English.
Julie revealed in an interview that from the first moment she saw an Asian named Kaity Tong as a news anchor on ABC, she knew she would be a media personality. Back then, it was a big deal to see an Asian woman as a newscaster, and her mother pointed out to her that she could actually do that.
She put it this way: “It was as if she had planted that seed and I watered it myself. From then on, I just didn’t know any other way.”
She started as an intern at CBS Morning News alongside Andy Cohen. As an intern at the station, she answered phones and copied faxes for distribution.
While still a student, Chen worked as a desk assistant at ABC’s NewsOne for a season. After doing a good job as a desk assistant, she was promoted to producer and stayed with ABC for the next three years.
In 1995 she moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she worked as a news anchor for WDTN-TV until 1997. During her stay in Dayton, Chen underwent blepharoplasty – a surgical procedure that made her eyes appear larger.
From 1999 to 2012 she hosted the CBS news programs Morning News, This Morning and The Early Show alongside Maggie Rodriguez, Bryant Gumbel, Rene Syler, Harry Smith, Jane Clayson, Erica Hill, and Hannah Storm.
Prior to anchoring CBS News, Chen worked as a reporter and weekend host at WCBS-TV in New York City. In 2000, she became the host of the American version of Big Brother.
Julie also appeared as a guest on the NCIS: Los Angeles episode of In The Line of Duty, where she acts as their ambassador. She also appeared in the following movies: Madam Secretary, Jane the Virgin, The Comeback, The Fairly OddParents, The Millers and Life in Pieces.
The net assets of the award-winning anchor are estimated at $15 million.
Julie Chen’s Husband, Son
Chen has been married to CBS Television’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Leslie Moonves, since 2004.
The couple began meeting when Leslie was still married to Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves. Nancy filed for divorce in 2003 citing irreconcilable differences. After so many disagreements over their financial arrangements, the couple finally went their separate ways in 2004.
On December 23, 2004, Chen and Moonves tied the knots in a ceremony at a private home in Acapulco, Mexico, in the presence of a few friends and family. On September 24, 2009, the couple welcomed their first child, Charlie Moonves.
Julie is also the mother of Leslie’s children from his previous marriage, Adam Moonves, Michael Moonves, and Sara Moonves.
Chen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is a devotional yogi, according to her, there is no better way to start your day than yoga. She is active in social media and can be followed on Twitter @JulieChen and Instagram @juliechencbs.
Quick Facts About Julie Chen
Full Name: Julie Chen
Date Of Birth: January 6, 1970
Place of Birth: Queens, New York
Occupation: News anchor/Media Personality
Net Worth: $15 million
Height:5 ft 5 in / 164 cm
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Leslie Moonves