By Jen Weigel
When it comes to finding your calling in life, author and television personality Jane Pauley prefers the word “reimagine” to “reinvention.”
“So many people have that yearning for something and they don’t know what ‘it’ is,” Pauley said during a recent phone interview to discuss her latest book, “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.”
“I hear myself talk about this topic with a quality that can only be described as passion. Apparently I have discovered I have a passion for storytelling in this context with a message that the later decades of mid-life can be aspirational.”
Pauley interviewed more than 20 people for her book based on her monthly series “Life Reimagined” for the “Today” show.
She worked as a co-anchor in Chicago from 1975 to 1976 on WMAQ-TV before heading to New York.
“I was 24 years old and I’d come from Indianapolis, and the local media didn’t like me very much, but I was interviewed a lot because I was the first woman to anchor a local evening newscast,” said Pauley, now 63.
“I sat beside Floyd Kalber. No one was more surprised that I ended up co-hosting the ‘Today’ show than me.”
She was with the “Today” show from 1976 to 1989 and anchored “Dateline NBC” for 11 years before hosting her own daytime program “The Jane Pauley Show” in 2004.
Now living in New York City with her husband, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, Pauley said the baby boomers are creating a “template for future generations” that will have a positive and powerful impact.
“We are the best educated generation in the history of the world and we arrived in a labor market in a time of prosperity, those of us who didn’t get drafted and go to Vietnam,” she said. “We are America’s biggest natural asset. Think of the impact we can have, if in the next decade, the boomers are inspired to do more and reimagine their lives. There won’t be reinvention books in the future, it’s simply going to be a way of life.”