“Getting older is a
of life. But looking and
feeling older is really up
to each one of us.”
—Joan Lunden, age 57Joan Lunden is one of America's most recognized and trusted television personalities. For almost two decades Lunden helped viewers greet each new day as host of ABC-TV's Good Morning America, making her the longest running host on early morning television. During her tenure she reported from 26 countries, covered four Presidents, five Olympics, and two Royal weddings and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.
An award-winning broadcast journalist, Lunden executive produced and hosted the weekly series Behind Closed Doors for ABC TV, which gave viewers unprecedented access to places few have seen like the CIA Headquarters and the Secret Service Training Grounds. She delighted viewers with her on-air daredevil adventures like bungee jumping, mountain climbing, performing as a Las Vegas Showgirl and diving to the bottom of the sea with Oceanographers.
One of the most visible moms in America, Lunden has seven children; Jamie, Lindsay, Sarah and twins Kate and Max, and Kimberly and Jack. She has candidly shared her life story on balancing work and motherhood, gracing the covers of over 30 magazines. In sharing her personal experiences, Lunden has become a vocal parenting advocate. She was voted Mother of the Year by the National Mother's Day Committee and Career Mother of the Year by the National Institute of Infant Services. Lunden has dedicated much of her career to educating parents, hosting the award-winning Mother's Day program for Lifetime TV, Miracle Babies for PAX-TV and the video Your Newborn Baby.
A best selling author, her books include Joan Lunden's Healthy Living, Wake-Up Calls, A Bend In The Road Is Not The End Of The Road, Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood, Mother's Minutes, Your Newborn Baby and Good Morning I'm Joan Lunden.
Lunden's dedication to her family, her work and her civic responsibility have earned her numerous honors and awards, including the Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Yeshiva, National Women's Political Caucus Award, New Jersey Division of Civil Rights Award, Baylor University Outstanding Woman of the Year and the YWCA Outstanding Woman's Award. The New York Women in Communications honored Lunden with a Matrix Award for her outstanding contributions to the broadcasting field.