Julie Chen serves as host and moderator of THE TALK, CBS's daily daytime talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of female hosts. Chen hosts the show alongside Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and celebrity guest co-hosts. In addition, Chen hosts the hit summer reality series BIG BROTHER on CBS and serves as a Special Contributing Anchor for CBS News' THE EARLY SHOW.
Prior to her most recent assignments, Chen served as co-anchor of THE EARLY SHOW (2002-2010), CBS News' weekday morning broadcast. Before that, she served as the news anchor of THE EARLY SHOW and anchor of the CBS MORNING NEWS, the CBS Television Network's early-morning, half-hour broadcast, since Nov. 1, 1999, when THE EARLY SHOW debuted under that title.
Chen has covered several major news stories for THE EARLY SHOW, including the war in Iraq, and in March 2003 she reported for the program from Kuwait and Qatar during the conflict. Chen has interviewed newsmakers such as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Queen Rania of Jordan and former Defense Secretary William Cohen, and celebrities including Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Chris Rock and Jennifer Lopez.
Prior to her work on THE EARLY SHOW, Chen filled in as news anchor for the CBS MORNING NEWS and "This Morning" (June-November 1999). Locally, she served as a reporter and anchor for WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned station in New York (1997-1999).
Before joining CBS News, Chen was a reporter for WDTN-TV Dayton (1995-1997). She was a producer for ABC NewsOne (1992-1995), the network's affiliate news service, and she was a desk assistant in ABC News' Los Angeles bureau (1990-1991), where she worked on the award-winning primetime special "Anatomy of a Riot."
Chen is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. A devoted yogi, Chen admits she is striving for the day she can do a head- and handstand without using the wall.
Chen was born in Queens, N.Y. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1991 with a degree in broadcast journalism and English. Chen lives in New York and Los Angeles with her husband, Leslie Moonves, with whom she has a son and 3 stepchildren.