Jane Pauley laughs that she is still feeling “the new-girl glow” as a contributor “CBS Sunday Morning,” her first gig with the network in nearly 40 years — she started her career at a CBS affiliate in Indianapolis. It happened, appropriately enough, thanks to her new book, “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life” (Simon & Schuster), about baby boomers starting new ventures in their lives.
Who approached whom?
When I was on my book tour in January, I got a call from “CBS Sunday Morning” and they wanted to do a profile. I guess that’s when the seed was planted. There wasn’t a TV program on the air that would have been a better fit for me.
What’s been the biggest surprise?
Sitting with Rand (Morrison, the show’s exec producer), I defied my own expectations. I realized I didn’t want to be the boss myself — what I wanted most was to be part of a team. I wanted to use my lifetime of experience and to stretch a bit. Which at 63 is an exciting thing to happen.
Were you nervous?
There was nervousness and excitement, but not anxiety. I even took a selfie! One day I got off the elevator and there was a big CBS sign. I don’t do selfies and, had there been a single soul around, I would not have taken that picture. But the look on my face — I look like a kid who can’t believe I’m here. I’ve been kind of aflutter ever since.
What’s the bottom line?
I’ve become one of my stories! To have a new beginning like this is a rare opportunity. I hope this is a relationship that goes on for years.