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GMA Welcomes Juju Chang

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Korean Beacon

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It’s the New Year and you’re finally back to work and back to your morning routine, but hopefully you’re watching Good Morning America because Juju Chang became the newsreader for ABC’s Good Morning America. For those of you who may not know, this is huge in the news media business. A job on the morning network shows is one of the most coveted roles and the next best thing is the national evening anchor seat and there are only three of them. It’s pretty awesome that Juju Chang, who started off in the news business as a producer is now firmly seated in front of the cameras every morning. Many folks here in New York know Juju Chang and the people who are most excited are here kids. ¬†We hear through a very close confidant that according to her little boys, they’re now on the same sleep schedule because she goes to bed early just like her little ones. How cute!

This week, GMA did a get to know segment on Juju Chang. Did you know she’s a graduate of Stanford? She happened to be a nationally ranked swimmer at a young age and she got her name Juju because her swim coach couldn’t pronounce her Korean name. And William Shatner of Star Trek fame was part of her wedding proposal? So get to know Juju at Good Morning America’s website.


A little bit about Juju Chang from ABC.

Emmy Award-winning Correspondent Juju Chang debuts as the news anchor of “Good Morning America” in December 2009.

As news anchor, Chang joins Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Sam Champion in the Times Square Studios where she will bring viewers the news headlines from around the country. Chang will also regularly contribute news and feature stories to “Good Morning America.” Additionally, she will continue to contribute reports to ABC newsmagazine “20/20.” Chang’s most recent Emmy was for breaking news coverage of California wildfires. She previously won a Gracie for a “20/20″ story on gender equality in the sciences. Her other recent stories include an hour-long examination of the long-term impact of foreign adoptions; the struggles of people with Albinism globally, including the plight of Tanzanian albinos; and an in-depth portrait of one family as it deals with the gender transition of the dad. Chang has also reported on the case of Hannah Overton, a young Texas mother of five, sentenced to life in prison for the salt-poisoning death of her foster son Andrew Burd. She has reported for “Nightline” on a wide variety of topics including the Heparin tainting scandal, the diet wars and the state of the in vitro fertilization industry.

Chang also won a Gracie for a story about judicial activism on PBS’ “Now,” and a Freddie for a series she hosted, also for PBS, called “The Art of Women’s Health.”

From 1999 to 2000, she anchored the early morning newscasts of ABC News’, “World News Now” and “World News This Morning.”

Chang previously reported primarily for “World News Tonight,” covering such stories as the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya, Hurricane George, and the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Chang was based in Washington, D.C. from 1996-97 where she covered the White House, Capitol Hill, and the 1996 presidential election for NewsOne, ABC’s affiliate news service.

Prior to her assignment in Washington, she was a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco, from 1995-96, where she covered a variety of state and local issues.

Before her on-air career, Chang served as a producer and off-air reporter for “World News Tonight.”

Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communication. At Stanford, she was awarded the Edwin Cotrell Political Science Prize.

She is married to Neal Shapiro and has three sons. She’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.



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