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Maurice Richard "Maury" Povich (born January 17, 1939) is an Americanmarker TV talk show personality, who currently hosts his self-titled talk show Maury. He is married to journalist Connie Chung.

Personal background

Povich is the son of Washington Post sportswriter Shirley Povich and Ethyl Povich and was the second of three Povich children, with older brother David and a younger sister Lynn. He graduated from The Landon School in 1958 and later moved to the University of Pennsylvaniamarker in 1962 with a degree in television journalism. From 1962 to 1979, Povich was married to Phyllis Minkoff but later married news anchor Connie Chung in 1984, whom he met while working in the news department at WTTG-TV in Washington. With Minkoff, Povich had two daughters, Susan and Amy; in 1995, Povich and Chung adopted a son, Matthew Jay Povich.

Television news anchor duties (1962-1983)

Not long after graduation, Povich got his first job on Washington, D.C.marker radio station WWDC, where he did publicity and worked as a reporter. By 1966, Povich became a news reporter and sportscaster for DC television station WTTG-TVmarker. In 1967, he became the original co-host of the station's popular midday talk show, Panorama, which brought the rising star widespread acclaim and national recognition. From 1977 to 1983, he worked as a news anchor at stations in Chicagomarker, Los Angelesmarker, San Franciscomarker and Philadelphiamarker. He finally returned to Washington, D.C., in June 1983.

A Current Affair (1986-1990)

When media mogul Rupert Murdoch acquired the Metromedia TV station group in 1986, one of his first moves was to bring Povich to New Yorkmarker to host A Current Affair. The show began in late July 1986, and while it was considered a tabloid infotainment show that often focused on celebrity gossip, it also made time for compelling human interest stories. Critics praised the show for trying to be both informative and entertaining, much like "a good afternoon newspaper." Povich hosted Affair until 1990. He also anchored newscasts at WNYWmarker.

The Maury Povich Show (1991-1997), Maury (1998-Present)

Povich served two consecutive terms as president of the New York Chapter of the National Television Academy. In September 1991, he left A Current Affair to host The Maury Povich Show, which was nationally syndicated and distributed by Paramount Television in partnership with Povich's production company "MoPo Productions" and in national syndication from 1991 to 1998.

For raising awareness of National Adoption Month, Povich was honored by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1995. In 1998, the show was taken over by Studios USA (then a division of USA Networks, later renamed Universal Television after being sold to Vivendi Universal; and NBC Universal Television after VU Entertainment was sold to NBC owner General Electric). When they took over the show's production, they renamed it Maury. The program is dramatized and often scripted to aid entertainment. The show often veered into what critics called trash TV, and in 1998, it became known for a segment called "Who's Your Daddy?" during which men who were denying paternity (or who wanted to know if they really were the father) were given DNA tests and the results were revealed on the air.

Twenty One, MSNBC program with wife Connie Chung

On January 9, 2000, Povich hosted the short-lived primetime revival of the classic game show, Twenty One on NBC. Reruns of the show have been seen on GSN.

In November 2005, MSNBC announced Povich would co-host a weekend news program with his wife, Connie Chung. The program—entitled Weekends with Maury and Connie -- debuted on January 7, 2006, but was cancelled due to low ratings. ("MSNBC Canceling Connie Chung, Maury Povich Talk Show," Associated Press, 15 June 2006) The final episode aired on June 17, 2006.

Personal life

Povich and his first wife Phyllis were divorced in 1979; they have two daughters. Povich married anchorwoman Connie Chung in 1984. They adopted a son, Matthew Jay Povich, on June 20, 1995.

In May 2007, Povich launched the Flathead Beacon, a weekly print newspaper and online news source in Montana's Flathead County, where Povich has a home.

Povich in popular culture

  • In the comic strip Get Fuzzy, Bucky Katt thinks the sign of the end of the world is Maury Povich (to which Satchel Pooch said to Rob, "Hold Me").

  • In 1996 Povich appeared in the music video for "Stakes Is High" by the hip hop group De La Soul which they played guests on his talk show during the video.

  • In the song "Just One Step" by Jason Robert Brown from his revue, "Songs for a New World", the lady who is about to jump off a building notices Maury Povich and Connie Chung in the crowd below.

  • There is also a song by Shawty Putt and Lil Jon called "Dat Baby (Don't Look Like Me)" that parodies the paternity tests on Maury.

  • Povich briefly appeared in a segment on the Late Show with David Letterman in which Letterman stated that a group of Egyptologists discovered several fetuses in King Tut's tomb. The Egyptologists were unsure, however, if Tut was the father of the fetuses. Povich appeared to be giving the results of a DNA paternity test to discover if Tut was indeed the father.

  • Povich appeared in the NBC sitcom Wings as a TV show host for people who are convicted of murders.

  • Popular R&B-soul artist Syleena Johnson has a baby-mama drama song called "Maury Povich" on her 2009 album Chapter 4: Labor Pains; where a certain woman takes her lover to Povich's show to confront him, telling him to own up and be a father.

  • On the American sketch comedy series MADtv, Povich and his wife Connie Chung have been parodied in several skits titled "The Crazy Life of Maury and Connie".

  • On Norbit Rasputia was watching the Maury Show

  • On the TV Series Boondocks,episode Shinin' Riley's archenemy Butch Magnus appears on Maury where they send their kids to Boot Camp.


  1. Connie Chung Offers Personal View of Maury Povic
  2. Gildea, William. "Povich Off to Chicago." Washington Post, 8 December 1976, p. B1.
  3. Jo Ann Harris. "Channel 5's Panorama Team." Washington Post, 23 March 1969, p. TV3.
  4. Corry, John. " A Current Affair: Tabloid Journalism". The New York Times, 20 August 1986, p. C22.
  5. Waldman, 2007

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