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Jane Pauley Slated at Annual Meeting

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: December 3rd, 2013

Jane Pauley, one of the nation’s most acclaimed broadcast journalists, will speak at the closing general session of the 72nd NRECA Annual Meeting.

Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley

The former co-host of NBC’s “Today” show will address thousands of electric cooperative leaders during the morning of March 5 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

“We are excited to have Jane Pauley as a featured speaker at our annual meeting,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson. “Her message of inspiration and possibilities truly reflects the spirit of Co-op Nation.”

Pauley’s latest book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life, is scheduled for release in January by Simon & Schuster. In it, she asks readers to consider how they will choose to spend the rest of their lives in a way that makes the world a better place.

Partnering with AARP, Pauley is currently contributing to “Today” in a series, “Your Life Calling,” which features members of the baby boom generation who have reinvented the way they work or live.

Her remarks on redefining later life will come a day after a general session that will focus on youth and the 50th anniversary of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

Pauley’s network television career began as co-host of NBC’s signature morning show in 1976, when she was 25 years old. She spent 13 years greeting early morning audiences and later spent a dozen years as a founding co-anchor of “Dateline NBC.”

A member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, Pauley has been honored with multiple Emmys and other awards, including the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement.

Her best-selling 2005 book, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, is a memoir of self-reflection and wellness in which she revealed how medical treatment for hives triggered bipolar depression at the age of 50.

An advocate for mental health, children’s health and education issues, Pauley is married to Garry Trudeau, the syndicated Doonesbury cartoonist, and will appear in an upcoming episode of her husband’s Web-based “Alpha House” series.

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