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From 1976 to 1989, she was the co-host of The Today Show. While not the first female anchor of the show, she became a symbol for professional women, more specifically female journalists, in the 1980s. She shared anchor duties with Tom Brokaw and, later, Bryant Gumbel. In 1989, Pauley was abruptly replaced with Deborah Norville in a highly-publicized incident that led to accusations of ageism from Pauley, as she was thirty-nine at the time and Norville was only thirty. She took a sabbatical from journalism around this time.
She hosted Dateline NBC from 1992 to 2003, when she announced her retirement. In 2004, she returned to television in The Jane Pauley Show, a syndicated chat show. On the show, she has discussed, at length, her problems in dealing with bipolar disorder. Pauley is known for revealing very little, if anything at all, on her private life, so the recent revelation came as a surprise to much of America.
Pauley is married to cartoonist Garry Trudeau and they have three children.
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