She was hired as a trainee for KCRA’s news section in 1973, but immediately rose up the rankings. By 1975, she was a weather man, reporter, and anchor for the station. That year, she took employment at WABC. In 1980, she joined Good Morning America as a host, where she’d stay for almost another two decades.
On Good Morning America for almost two decades, Lunden was among the most famous television cohosts. Growing up in Sacramento, Joan lost her dad, a surgeon and pilot, in a plane crash when she was just 13 years old.
Lunden began in the ground level in the news business. She was hired as a trainee for KCRA’s news section in 1973, but immediately rose up the rankings. By 1975, Lunden was a weather man, reporter, and anchor for the station. That year, she left her native California for New York City to take work at WABC. An article in People magazine that Lunden was quite inexperienced when she arrived and it revealed in her reporting. “Her name was switched from Blunden to prevent being called ‘Blunder,'” the article said. While it wasn’t the easiest transition, Lunden finally located her way and even started giving consumer reports to ABC’s national program, Good Morning America (GMA).
In 1980, Lunden joined GMA full time as a host, with David Hartman serving the primary host for the show. She helped break new ground by discussing openly on air about her pregnancy and did many sections on parenting. For a long time, Lunden played second fiddle to Hartman who managed the majority of the serious news pieces. Despite occasionally being seen as just an appealing sidekick, she could cover some important news events, including Prince Charles’s wedding to Lady Diana in 1982 along with the 1984 Winter Olympics. With her ever increasing popularity, Lunden eventually negotiated an improved contract to be on more even ground with Hartman.
Despite a frantic schedule that typically included getting to the studio incredibly early each day, Lunden found time for other endeavors. She wrote her autobiography, I am Joan Lunden, Good Morning, in 1986, where she discussed a few of the challenges she faced as a female journalist. The exact same year, she handled a topic she knew well—motherhood—in Joan Lunden’s Moms Minutes, which was also the name of a specific section she did on television. Lunden followed up this name with the baby attention publication, Your Newborn Baby: Everything You Should Understand (1988).
Outside of GMA, Lunden continued to work with several jobs, including a short lived syndicated show, Everyday with Joan Lunden, that has been produced by her husband.
While the news of her divorce could have surprised audience, they were even more dismayed by the official statement about her departure from GMA in June 1997. Throughout the show’s run, she investigated such areas as the gold vaults of the U.S. Treasury and the warehouses of the famous Smithsonian Institution. She additionally researched private transitions, change, and chance in the publication, A Bend in the Road IsN’t The Conclusion of the Road (1998).
In 2000, Lunden wed summer camp owner, Jeff Konigsberg, a guy nearly a decade her junior. 3 years after, the couple welcomed twins, Kate and Max, via a surrogate mother, Deborah Bolig. Utilizing the exact same surrogate, their family grew to contain another pair of twins, Jack and Kimberly, in 2005.
Handling motherhood in her fifties, Lunden replied critics about being an elderly mom in a Good Housekeeping post. She compared caring for the twins along with her encounters along with her daughter Sarah who she’d at age 37. “Back then, I weighed around 40 pounds more. I did not work out often. I did not eat correctly … I really feel like I am in the top form of my entire life.”
Along with writing and television work, she’s a well-known public speaker.
In June 2014, Lunden shown that she’d breast cancer. She discussed her medical condition with fans on her site, describing that “I consider myself lucky that I discovered this in the initial phases.” Lunden also wrote that her “prognosis is really promising.” The cancer was found when she had an ultrasound and her treatment strategy contains chemotherapy and operation.
Lunden lives in Connecticut with her second husband as well as their four kids. She’s three daughters, Jamie, Lindsay, and Sarah, from her first marriage.