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Kaity Tong is a Chinese-American beautiful broadcaster. She was born on the 23rd day of July in the year 1950 in a place called Qingdao in China. When she was four years old, her family moved to the United States of America and she was not to be left behind. Her parents changed their Chinese names to English names George and Anita Tong. They settled in Washington, D.C. where Kaity grew up. Her uncle Hollington K. Tong, who was also an ambassador to the US from China as well as an acclaimed author, is the one that inspired Kaity to become a journalist and he had to be mentioned in her biography. Interestingly, Kaity’s mother worked as a broadcaster cum producer for the famous Voice of America TV located in Washington, D.C.
Kaity got an academic scholarship and attended Bryn Mawr College. She was very hard working and successfully finished college, obtaining a Bachelors degree of arts with a specialization of English Literature. Later on she got admitted to Stanford University, one of the best universities in the USA to do her Doctoral program in Chinese and Japanese literature even though she wanted to teach English literature. She eventually finished her postgraduate studies which she worked hard for given that she was working on a very busy schedule at the same time.
Kaity began her career as a TV reporter with KPIX-TV in San Francisco. She worked there for three years starting at the year 1976 till 1979. Tong is so good that at the time she got hired there, her job was actually to be a writer. Little did she know that after an air test she would be promoted to become a reporter, even f it meant that she would hustle down the streets.
In December1979, Kaity joined KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, as a co-anchor of the 5pm - 11 p.m. newscasts. Sooner than later, she was ranked on top of the list and was rated as the best out of all the television news personalities in Sacramento.
Later in the year 1981, Kaity Tong moved to a New York stationed TV station called WABC-TV. She co-hosted news with other big names in the industry such as Tom Snyder and Ernie Anastos.
She eventually became a solo anchor after her anchoring partner left the station. Her news was meaningful and informative, covering a wide scope of issues. Her firing from WABC-TV in 1991 shocked her fans and the word. It was unexpected and many reasons including her background and age were cited by different sources. The management of the Station however said her high salary was the reason for her dismissal.
In the year 1992, Tong got into WPIX and was undeniably the top female anchor. She still works there to date.
Kaity has starred in a number of movies as a newscaster like in the famous Spider man, Woolf, Lost Souls, the Manchurian Candidate, and many others.
Kaity Tong and her first husband Robert Long have a son together, Philip Long. Her husband was a director and a vice-president at other TV Stations. After their divorce, she married a photographer by the name Patrick Callahan. Rumor has it that she undergoes plastic surgeries to keep on looking young and beautiful. All the same, she is beautiful and has a good salary. In fact, she allegedly has a net worth of 4.5 million dollar.
Due to her exceptional performance, she has won several awards. She was even the first woman to be honored by Rotary International with their Paul Harris Fellowship. The New York Women’s Agenda also honored her with a Star award. She has further been recognized by the Chinese America Arts Council due to her outstanding excellence in communication. Other awards that she has include the Distinguished Woman award from the Chinese-American Planning Council, an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, a Champion of Excellence Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans and many more.
Kaity is a great news anchor that is never out fashioned for younger ones. Her ambition and determination that has earned her a lot of recognition is something rare that anyone and everyone should or would admire.
Last Modified: Apr 10, 2020