Kaity Tong is a Chinese-born American broadcast journalist who has been anchoring in New York City since 1981.
Early Life, Family & Education
Kaity Tong was born on July 23, 1947, in Qingdao, China, to parents; father George Tong and mother Anita Tong, who was a broadcaster and producer for Voice of America in Washington.
She was raised in Washington, D.C. and became a United States citizen in 1985. She is of American nationality and belongs to Asian ethnicity.
She was inspired to enter journalist by her great-uncle Hollington Tong who was an ambassador of the US from China.
Tong studied at Bryn Mawr College on an academic scholarship and she completed her graduation with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature.
Career & Awards
Kaity Tong was talented since her childhood. She induced her desire in broadcasting and then joined KPIX-TV All-News Radio as morning editor and producer. She worked there for a year as a street reporter.
In late 1979, she joined KCRA-TV and served there as a co-anchor. From 1981, she started working at WABC-TV. She has also famously worked as a newscaster for Wolf, City Hall, Marci X and Night Falls.
In early 1992, she joined WPIX as a top female anchor and has been serving there ever since. She co-anchored the station's 10 p.m. show along with Marvin Scott from January 1992 to September 1992, along with Jack Cafferty from September 1992 to October 1998, and along with Jim Watkins from October 1998 to 2010.
Kaity has received the Exceptional Achievement Award from The Women's Project. In 2018, she was awarded the Governor's Emmy Award.
Kaity Tong has been married twice in her life. She was first married to Robert Long who is a former news director. Robert is best known for serving as the vice president at Los Angeles's KNBC-TV.
The pair shares a child, a son named Philip Long, together. Unfortunately. they later ended their marital relationship with a divorce.
Following the divorce, Tong went on to date with a new boyfriend Patrick Callahan. They enjoyed a romantic relationship with each other and eventually tied the knot.
Patrick Callahan is a professional photographer and they are now married. She is happy to have him as her loving spouse. The family of three are living happily together without any divorce rumors.
Salary & Net Worth
Being a successful journalist, Kaity Tong earns a handsome amount of money from her journalism career. according to various online sources, Tong has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million.