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Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden is an American journalist and TV personality who served as co-host (with David Hartman) of Good Morning America (1980-1997).

Biographical fast facts

Full, original or maiden name at birth: Joan Elise Blunden *

Date and place of birth: September 19, 1950, Fair Oaks, near Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

Date, place and cause of death: (Alive as of 2011)

Marriage #1
Husband: Michael Krauss (m. September 10, 1978 - 1992) (divorced)
Wedding took place in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Marriage #2
Husband: Jeff Konigsberg (m. April 18, 2000)
Wedding took place at sunset in a candle-lit ceremony in Westchester County, New York, outside of New York City.

Sons: Max Aaron Konigsberg (b. June 10, 2003, Cincinnati, Ohio - twin of Kate)
Jack Andrew Konigsberg (b. March 1, 2005, Cincinnati, Ohio - twin of Kimberly)

Daughters: Jamie Beryl Krauss (b. July 4, 1980)
Lindsay Leigh Krauss (b. Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, New York)
Sarah Emily Krauss
Kate Elizabeth Konigsberg (b. June 10, 2003, Cincinnati, Ohio - twin of Max)
Kimberly Elise Konigsberg (b. March 1, 2005, Cincinnati, Ohio - twin of Jack)

NOTE: Unlike her first three children, her two sets of twins (born 2003 and 2005) were each born via surrogate mother Deborah Bolig.

Father: Erle Murray Blunden (a doctor) (b. Australia - d. January 17, 1964, Malibu Canyon, California, U.S.A., in a plane crash)
Mother: Gladyce Lorraine (Somervill) Blunden

Error correction or clarification

* At the insistence of Phil Nye at WABC in New York City, Joan changed her name in the mid-1970s. It was Doug Johnson, also at WABC, who suggested "Lunden" as her new name.


Joan Lunden began her broadcast career at Sacramento, California TV station KCRA in 1973. Initially she worked as a weathergirl and consumer reporter, but within months she'd been promoted to co-anchor of the noon news broadcast. In 1975, she moved up to the "big leagues" at WABC-TV in New York City and within a year, she was co-anchor of the weekend newscasts. Joan was working as a reporter and anchor on WABC's Eyewitness News (1976-1980), when she was first introduced to Good Morning America viewers as a consumer reporter. She continued to make appearances as a consumer reporter on Good Morning America (1976-1980).

During her long run (1980-1997) as permanent co-host of ABC's top-rated Good Morning America, she also hosted the syndicated television talk show Everyday with Joan Lunden (1989-1990). Following GMA, she acted as host and producer of the weekly A&E cable network series Behind Closed Doors (1996-2001), has been a frequent host of A&E's popular Biography, as well as the TV programs The Journal with Joan Lunden, and American Milestones with Joan Lunden.


The most in-depth of more than two dozen sources consulted for this profile, was her 1986 autobiography, Good Morning, I'm Joan Lunden, written with Ardy Friedberg.

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