about the Initiative

The Boomer generation born between 1946 and 1964 sent shock waves through American society and culture. They were raised on television; they tuned in, turned on, and dropped out. They took to the streets to stop the Vietnam War and later started hedge funds and issued junk bonds on Wall Street. They were a force to be reckoned with. And they still are today.

RLTV’s Boomer initiative lets viewers discover where they are today and why Boomers aren’t content to simply ride a golf cart into the sunset. Now mostly in their fifties and sixties, they still plan big things. And they’re still changing America. At RLTV, we’re bringing our viewers a front row seat on how and why it’s happening. 

What Boomers care about has changed. They’re more apt today to think about entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and taking care of larger nuclear families then they are about following the Grateful Dead and inventing entire market sectors like Silicon Valley. But they’re doing on their terms, nobody else’s.

At RLTV, our Boomer initiative reflects this new wave in the lives of boomers. Our documentary special Boomers 2.0: A Generation Re-imagined digs deep into the lives of boomers today and allows viewers to open a window on where they are going tomorrow. And our Town Hall special asks today’s thought leaders how society and culture, from Madison Avenue to Hollywood, is reflecting the changes. 

Your Host

Jane Pauley

In a career spanning four decades, she has received just about every accolade and award that may be bestowed upon a broadcast journalist.

The Indiana University political science graduate began working as a TV reporter in Indianapolis in 1972 and within three years became the first female evening news anchor at WMAQ in Chicago.

From 1976 to 1990 she was co-host of “The Today Show,” helping to launch it into first place in the morning news show ratings. Her co-host was Brokaw, last year’s Cronkite Award recipient, and later Bryant Gumbel.

Pauley also anchored the weekend edition of “NBC Nightly News,” appeared as a regular substitute for Brokaw on “NBC Nightly News” and hosted “Time and Again” – a retrospective news program on MSNBC – as well as a weekly newsmagazine, “Real Life with Jane Pauley.”

For more than a decade, Pauley anchored “Dateline NBC” with co-host Stone Phillips, appearing as many as four nights a week on the NBC primetime schedule. Pauley’s Dateline farewell, “Jane Pauley: Signing Off,” attracted record ratings. In 2004 she returned to television with “The Jane Pauley Show.”

A member of the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, Pauley has been honored with multiple Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievement, the Radio and Television News Directors Association’s Paul White Award for lifetime contribution to electronic journalism, the Gracie Allen Award for outstanding achievement by an individual from American Women in Radio and Television, and the first international Matrix Award from the Association for Women in Communication.

Pauley was the 2007 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism

She is recognized as a powerful advocate in the field of mental health. In her memoir, the New York Times’ bestseller “Skywriting: a Life out of the Blue,” Pauley wrote candidly about being diagnosed with mental illness at the age of 50 after medical treatment for hives triggered a previously unrecognized vulnerability to bipolar depression.

Pauley is a member of the Leadership Board of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. She is also a member of the advisory board of the International Council of Freedom from Hunger and chairman of the advisory board of The Children’s Health Fund.