Jane Pauley is the host of “Your Life Calling,” a new series produced by AARP and featured monthly on TODAY. “Your Life Calling” highlights people age 50+ from across the country who, by choice or necessity, are trying new things – whether it’s starting new careers, learning new skills, changing how they live or finally pursuing their dreams.
“I’ve been thinking and talking about ‘reinvention’ for more than 20 years,” said Pauley. “‘Your Life Calling’ will feature people who’ve interpreted reinvention in a wide variety of ways. I hope our stories will inspire everyone to move toward the future with a positive new spirit, focus and energy—with a little help from a powerful team; my new partners AARP and my old friends on the TODAY Show on NBC.”
As one of broadcasting’s most respected journalists, Jane Pauley has been a familiar face on morning, daytime and primetime television for more than 30 years. She served as the co-host of TODAY from 1976 to 1989, anchored "Dateline NBC" for more than a decade, and in 2004 became the host of her own daytime program, "The Jane Pauley Show." That same year, Pauley published her memoir, "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue," which became a New York Times bestseller.
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Pauley is the recipient of numerous Emmy and other awards, including the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Gracie Allen Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television. Last year, in her first collaboration with AARP, Pauley received a second Gracie Award for best national public affairs program with Picking Up the Pieces, a PBS TV special featuring families of soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, Pauley is a highly regarded advocate for mental health, children’s health and education issues. She and her husband, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, are the parents of three grown children.
Pauley hopes “Your Life Calling” will assist, inform and inspire the current and coming crop of 50+ Americans. “AARP knows the future is bright for a generation that’s going to remain healthy and vital for 10, 20, 30, 40 more years. AARP has the information and resources people need throughout their process of reinvention. This can be a time of great productivity, meaningful work, pleasure, creativity and innovation. It’s a huge opportunity.”
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