Joan Lunden Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Joan Lunden Net Worth

Joan Lunden has an estimated net worth of $25 million. Journalist, television personality and author Joan Lunden is best known for co-hosting ‘Good Morning America’ for nearly two decades. She earns most of her income from television shows. 

Journalist and television host Joan Lunden joined KCRA’s news department as a trainee in 1973 and quickly rose through the ranks. She was a weather forecaster, reporter, and anchor for the station by 1975. She started working at WABC that year. She became a host of Good Morning America in 1980, a position she held for the next two decades.

To calculate the net worth of Joan Lunden, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Joan Lunden
Net Worth: $25 Million
Monthly Salary: $500 Thousand+
Annual Income: $7 Million
Source of Wealth: Journalist, TV Journalist, Actor, Screenwriter, Author, Newscaster

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Early Life

Joan Elise Blunden was born on September 19, 1950, in Fair Oaks, California. Lunden, who grew up in Sacramento, lost her father, a surgeon and pilot, in a plane crash when she was 13 years old.

Lunden began his career in the news industry at the ground floor. In 1973, she was hired as a trainee for KCRA’s news department, and by 1975, she was a weather forecaster, reporter, and anchor for the station. That year, she relocated from California to New York City to work at WABC.

According to a People magazine article, Lunden was inexperienced when she arrived, and it showed in her reporting. “Her name was changed from Blunden to avoid being called ‘Blunder,'” according to the article. While it was not an easy transition, Lunden eventually found her footing and began contributing consumer reports to ABC’s national show, Good Morning America.

Big Break

Lunden became a full-time host of Good Morning America in 1980, with David Hartman serving as the show’s primary host. When Lunden accepted the position at GMA, she and her husband, producer Michael Krauss, were expecting their first child. She helped break new ground by openly discussing her pregnancy on air and doing numerous parenting segments.

For many years, Lunden was second fiddle to Hartman, who handled the majority of the serious news stories. Despite being viewed as an attractive sidekick at times, she was able to cover some major news events, including Prince Charles’ wedding to Lady Diana in 1982 and the 1984 Winter Olympics. Lunden eventually negotiated a better contract to be on a more equal footing with Hartman as her popularity grew.

Despite a hectic schedule that required him to arrive at the studio very early in the morning, Lunden found time for other projects. In 1986, she published her autobiography, I’m Joan Lunden, Good Morning, in which she discussed some of the difficulties she faced as a female journalist. That same year, she tackled a subject she was familiar with: motherhood, in Joan Lunden’s Mothers Minutes, which was also the name of a television special segment she did. Lunden followed this title with Your Newborn Baby: Everything You Need to Know about infant care (1988).

Following Hartman’s retirement in 1987, Charles Gibson was hired as Lunden’s new co-host on GMA. The show became the one to beat in the morning ratings race against NBC’s The Today Show, which featured Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley. Lunden continued to work on a variety of projects outside of GMA, including a short-lived syndicated show, Everyday with Joan Lunden, which was produced by her husband.

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After ‘GMA’

Lunden went through some personal changes near the end of her time at GMA. Joan Lunden lost a lot of weight and wrote two health books, Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking (1996) and Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living: A Practical, Inspirational Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life (1997). 

On a more personal note, she and her 13-year-husband announced their divorce in February 1997. The divorce eventually became acrimonious due to Krauss’s request for alimony from Lunden, who was earning approximately $2 million per year at the time.

While the news of her divorce surprised viewers, the official announcement of her departure from GMA in June 1997 disappointed them even more. She continued to work in television after leaving the show in September, co-creating a new series called Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden. During the show’s run, she visited the United States Treasury’s gold vaults and the Smithsonian Institution’s warehouses. In her book, A Bend in the Road Is Not the End of the Road, she also discussed personal transitions, change, and opportunity (1998).

New Directions

Lunden married Jeff Konigsberg, a summer camp owner a decade her junior, in 2000. After three years, the couple welcomed twins Kate and Max via surrogate mother Deborah Bolig. In 2005, they added another set of twins, Jack and Kimberly, to their family by using the same surrogate.

In a Good Housekeeping article, Lunden responded to critics about being an older mother while still in her fifties. She compared caring for the twins to her experiences with her 37-year-old daughter Sarah. “I weighed about 40 pounds more back then. I didn’t exercise on a regular basis. I didn’t eat enough… I truly believe I am in the best shape of my life.”

Lunden’s interest in health and parenting continued with the publication of Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now and Throughout Adulthood (2004). In 2005, she returned to television as the host of the reality show Wickedly Perfect. Lunden made a cameo appearance in the comedy film Thank You for Smoking the same year. She is a well-known public speaker in addition to her writing and television work.

Lunden revealed she had breast cancer in June 2014. She told fans about her medical condition on her website, saying, “I consider myself fortunate that I discovered this in the early stages.” Lunden also stated that her “prognosis is extremely promising.” When she had an ultrasound, the cancer was discovered, and her treatment plan included chemotherapy and surgery.

Lunden currently resides in Connecticut with her second husband and four children. Her first marriage produced three daughters, Jamie, Lindsay, and Sarah.

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