Indiana University

Alum and broadcaster Jane Pauley to lead first segment in IU Alumni Association's new webinar series

  • May 13, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Alumni Association is launching a new webinar series geared toward professional enrichment topics, giving IU alumni access to expert speakers.

The first event in the series on June 6 will feature veteran broadcast journalist Jane Pauley, a 1972 graduate of IU.

“Jane Pauley is an extraordinary alumna with great insight,” said J T. Forbes, executive director and CEO of the IU Alumni Association. “She is the perfect person to kick off this initiative, which is all about leveraging the power of IU’s global alumni network.”

Pauley, one of America’s best storytellers, relates her personal reinvention stories, along with those of people across the country, in her 2014 book, “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.” The New York Times best-seller was based on her award-winning series on "Today," which ran from 2009 to 2013, about people age 50-plus starting different careers, learning new skills, making a difference or pursuing their dreams. “Your Life Calling” will also be the title of the June 6 webinar.

Pauley notes that her book is not a guide to finding a job but a series of real-life stories meant to inspire others looking for a change, by choice or necessity.

“Inspiration is everywhere, but you have to be looking,” she said in a recent interview. “It is an active process.”

Co-host of NBC’s “Today” show from 1976 to 1989, Pauley anchored “Dateline NBC” for 11 years. In 2004 she hosted her own daytime program. She teamed with the American Association of Retired Persons to provide “Life Reimagined” segments for “Today,” and she now contributes to “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Pauley is the recipient of multiple Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement and the Gracie Allen Award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television. She is a member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame and the author of another New York Times best-seller, the memoir “Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue” (2004). 

A longtime advocate in children’s health and education, Pauley is also a highly regarded spokeswoman in mental health. She and her husband, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, are the parents of three grown children.

The webinar will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 6. Registration is available online and open to the public. Cost is $25 per person.

About the IU Alumni Association

The IU Alumni Association is a global alumni organization that brings more than 580,000 IU graduates together to support one another and Indiana University throughout their lives. The IUAA activates IU’s powerful network through live events, webinars, scholarship programs and seriously fun traditions.

Media Contacts

Caroline Dowd-Higgins