Joan Lunden (born September 9, 1950) is an American journalist, author and television host. She was the co-host of ABC's Good Morning America (GMA) from 1980–97, and has authored eight books. She has appeared on the Biography program and Biography Channel.
As of 2014 she is a special correspondent for NBC's Today show.
Lunden was born as Joan Elise Blunden in Fair Oaks, California, the daughter of Gladyce Lorraine (née Somervill) and Dr. Erle Murray Blunden, a physician.
She earned a liberal arts degree from Sacramento State University.
She attended California State University, Sacramento and later studied Spanish and anthropology at the former Mexico City campus of Universidad de Las Americas. She was a visiting instructor at Montclair State College in New Jersey, where she taught a course in broadcast journalism. Her first news anchor job was at Channel 3 (KCRA). She began her broadcasting career in Sacramento, California, where she worked for Channel 3 (KCRA) and Radio as co-anchor of the daily noon television news program. She produced the noon news broadcast and hosted KCRA's television specials...
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