Brought up in Queens by mother Wan Ling Chen, she attended Junior High School and later graduated from St. Francis Preparatory School. Attracted to media world as a young girl, she went on to attend the University of Southern California majoring in broadcast journalism & English, and graduated in 1991.
Chen’s professional journey started off as an intern at CBS Morning News along with Andy Cohen in early 1990. She firstly landed the job of answering phones and copying faxes for distribution. While still in school, she landed a job of desk assistant for ABC ‘NewsOne’ but she was subsequently promoted to work as a producer for next three years.
While seeking for a place in the major station, Chen worked as a news anchor for the WDTN-TV from the year 1995 to 1997, before being hired by CBS Morning News in 1999. From 1999 till 2002, she anchored CBS Morning News, CBS This Morning and The Early Show. She served as weekend anchor and reporter for the WCBS-TV in New York City prior to working for the CBS News.
The Chinese-American charm got a major turn in her career when she began hosting the American version of the popular show Big Brother. Criticized by fans and critics for her heavily scripted and wooden delivery while interacting with studio spectator, she earned a nickname ‘Chenbot’ but her never giving up and always learning attitude helped her reach the position she is at present.
Chen started as a moderator of CBS daytime talk show ‘The Talk’, since its premiere in October 2010 alongside the co-anchors Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Sara Gilbert.
From all her hosting and reporting stints associated in major CBS station, she has accumulated an attractive net worth amounting $8 million. Perhaps, CBS is offering her hefty paychecks