Maury Povich
Talk Show Host / Broadcast Journalist / Newspaper Owner / President
MoPo Productions
Maury Povich
Talk Show Host / Broadcast Journalist / Newspaper Owner / President
MoPo Productions

Maury Povich is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) – the longest running daytime talk show host in television broadcast history. 

As host of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution’s syndicated hit talk show “Maury,” Povich is the only person in the history of syndicated television to have back-to-back-to-back successes. His string of winners spans 37 years, beginning with the groundbreaking Fox newsmagazine “A Current Affair” (1986-1990), Paramount’s “The Maury Povich Show” (1991-1998), and “Maury” (1998-present).

Maury has phenomenal social media followers – a combined total of almost nine and a half million followers on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. 

(Facebook 5.3 million; YouTube 1.9 million; Instagram 597K; Twitter 98.6K and TikTok 1.5 million)

Povich’s broadcast journalism career began at the age of 16.  Now, 67 years later at 83, he has retired, however his show “Maury” will continue on-air.   Povich started in radio in sports in Washington, D.C. where he was born and raised.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Maury switched to news reporting at a local radio station.  He moved on to television, an early burgeoning industry, doing a local talk show, anchoring local news and sports on WTTG-TV, a local Metromedia station.  Povich was an original tri-anchor host of a two-hour daily live news and talk show, “PANORAMA,” which became a staple for those working on Capitol Hill, at the White House and throughout political Washington.  It was the only midday news/interview program in the nation’s capital, long before 24-hour cable news was created.
 
During the tumultuous 60’s and 70’s, Povich covered the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, riots in Washington following the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., anti-war demonstrations during the Vietnam War and then Watergate, the story of that decade.
 
In 1977, after 15 years in Washington broadcast journalism, Povich left his hometown and over the next seven years anchored newscasts and hosted talk shows for ABC, CBS and NBC owned-and-operated stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. While in Los Angeles at the CBS station, Povich co-anchored the news with his future wife Connie Chung. He then returned to WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C. to solo host “PANORAMA” and the 10 o’clock news in 1983.  His friend and New York Times Reporter and Esquire columnist fondly wrote, “Maury is going national, city by city.”

WTTG-TV and the Metromedia group were sold to Rupert Murdoch in 1985 and became Fox Television. In 1986, Murdoch brought Povich to New York to create and host the maverick newsmagazine “A Current Affair,” which became an instant hit and changed the face of network and cable news. 

Povich served two consecutive terms as president of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Previous presidents of the New York Chapter of NATAS have included such luminaries as Ed Sullivan and Walter Cronkite. In March 2006, Povich received the prestigious Governor’s Award from the New York Chapter of NATAS.  And in 2017, NY NATAS inducted Povich in the Gold Circle for his 50+ years in broadcasting.
 
Quite an entrepreneur, Povich created a successful advertising and promotion company Smashpoint and MoPo Entertainment, which produced original programming.  Povich executive produced “Twin Towers,” which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in 2003.
 
In May of 2007, Povich and his wife, Connie Chung, launched the “Flathead Beacon”, a newspaper in Flathead Valley, Montana, where they have a home. The “Beacon” and “Flathead Living,” a quarterly glossy magazine, acquired in 2013 have won every state award each year from“Best Weekly” and “Best Magazine” to “Best Investigative Reporting” and “Best On-line Digital Newspaper.” Povich created the Beacon in homage to his father, Shirley Povich, the legendary sports columnist for the Washington Post.  The paper is a great source of pride in today’s journalism world, as local print news struggles to survive.  Povich also created a production arm of the newspaper and magazine in 2015, now called “Flathead Beacon Productions” to service the local community in professional production from print and broadcast advertising to video production.

In 2009, Povich and the “Maury” show formed a strategic alliance with The National Campaign To Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a nonprofit organization which aims to educate and inform about teen pregnancy rates through themed segments on “Maury,” public service announcements and events.

Povich’s personal dedication to helping the disadvantaged through education and sports is evident in his widespread and extremely generous philanthropy.

Povich has been married to television broadcast journalist Connie Chung since 1984.  They have two married daughters, Susan Povich and Amy Povich Agus and their son Matthew Povich, plus four grandchildren.

Povich is a dedicated golf addict, a player who shoots well below his age.  That’s par for the course for The G.O.A.T.