'Nightline' co-anchor Juju Chang's biography

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Juju Chang

Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.”

Chang’s work often involves in-depth personal narratives set against the backdrop of pressing national and international issues. Her long-term reporting has examined the impact of toddlers raised behind bars by incarcerated moms; the most extensive face transplant ever attempted on a former firefighter; the epidemic of newborns detoxing from painkillers; and the multi-year coming of age odyssey of a transgendered teen.

Chang has covered breaking news for decades for ABC News, including most recently the tragic nightclub shooting in Orlando. She’s reported from the scene of the Boston marathon bombing, the mass shootings in Newtown, CT, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in Thailand. Her coverage of global issues includes a recent three-country trip through Boko Haram territory in Central Africa for the latest on the #bringbackourgirls saga.

She often explores stories involving LGBTQ, gender equality, and sexual assault. In 2016, she anchored a full “Nightline” special from Penn State about “Consent on Campus”. Her hour-long primetime reports include the story of murdered 8th grader Larry King, which examined the issues of anti-gay bullying.

Chang received one of her two Emmys for coverage of California wildfires and one of her two Gracies for a “20/20” piece on gender equity in the sciences. Her work has been awarded a Peabody for Superstorm Sandy and a Murrow for the “Nightline” series “Face to Face” with her story about children visiting their fathers in prison. She earned a DuPont as a producer on a series on “Women’s Health” and a Front Page award for chronicling the transgendered teen’s transition from “Natalie to Nathan.”

She’s profiled a wide variety of artists and celebrities: from Tom Hanks to Channing Tatum; Celine Dion to Nicki Minaj; Oprah to Ellen. Her extensive feature reporting covers parenting dilemmas, dieting dramas and digital addictions.

A former news anchor for “Good Morning America,” Chang previously anchored the early morning newscasts “World News Now” and “World News This Morning” in 2000. She joined ABC News as a desk assistant in 1987 and eventually became a producer for “World News Tonight.” She began her on-air career in 1995 as a local reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco and spent 1996-97 in Washington, D.C. covering the White House, Capitol Hill and the presidential election for NewsOne, ABC’s affiliate service.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in Northern California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communication. At Stanford, she was awarded the Edwin Cotrell Political Science Prize.

Chang is married to WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro and has three sons. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.