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Maury Povich Prior to Maury, Povich's first foray into the world of syndicated talk was as the host of the highly successful daily talk series The Maury Povich Show for Paramount. He gained national fame as anchor of the groundbreaking nightly magazine series A Current Affair, a post he held for five years. During his reign, Affair became a runaway hit in syndication and spawned a slew of imitators, due in large part to Povich's questioning glances, intelligence and light-hearted style.

"I've gone through many of the same trying experiences that our guests have when it comes to relationships with wives, children, parents, friends and co-workers," Povich says. "And for the first time in my career, I am able to relate those experiences on the air, to let people know that I have screwed up and that they have screwed up. This show is much more personal than I have done in the past."

As the son of legendary Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich, who worked at the newspaper for an astonishing 75 years, Maury was instilled with his father's sensibilities as a reporter. With his father's passing this past year at the age of 92, Povich has become even more keenly aware of Shirley's influence in his life.

"My father was a remarkable man who instilled in us a sense of values that to this day guides our lives," Povich says. "His standards of honesty and fairness in peeling away the layers of a good story are the essentials of what our show is all about."

Journalism plays a major role in the Povich family: Maury's wife, Connie Chung, whom he married in 1984, is a host of 20/20 and a correspondent for ABC News; Maury's sister, Lynn, is a consulting editor for MSNBC, following a 25-year tenure as a writer and senior editor at Newsweek and editor-in-chief of Working Woman magazine; and her husband, Stephen B. Shepard, is editor-in-chief of Business Week. Povich's brother, David, is a prominent criminal trial attorney in Washington, D.C.

Beginning his broadcast journalism career in 1966, Povich served as a news reporter and sportscaster at Metromedia's WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C.. The following year, he became the original host of the station's popular midday talk show Panorama, which brought the rising star widespread acclaim and national recognition.

From 1977-83, Povich anchored the news in such major markets as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia before returning to WTTG as news anchor and host of Panorama. When media mogul Rupert Murdoch bought the Metromedia station group in 1986, one of his first successful moves was to bring Povich to New York to host Affair.

Povich resides in Manhattan with Chung and their young adopted son, Matthew. He has two grown daughters, Susan and Amy, who live in the city with their families. Family and children's causes play a special role in the life of Povich, whose efforts to raise awareness for National Adoption Month led New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani to honor the talk show host at a special City Hall ceremony in 1995.

Maury is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. In his spare time, is an avid golfer and has 9 club championships under his belt. He is a rookie fly-fisherman and welcomes any tips.

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