Julie Chen-Moonves is the host of Big Brother in the United States. Presenting the show since its inception in July 2000, she is the longest-serving host across any series of Big Brother worldwide. Alongside her presenting duties on Big Brother, she is also a co-host and the moderator of the CBS daytime show, The Talk.
Julie is married to former CBS, chairman, president and CEO, Leslie Moonves.
She has often come under fire for her somewhat wooden presenting style, which has lead to her being nicknamed “Chenbot”.
Julie served as Special Contributing Anchor of CBS News’ weekday morning broadcast The Early Show from 2010 to 2011, and co-anchor from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, she served as the news anchor of The Early Show and anchor of the CBS Morning News, the CBS Television Network’s early-morning, half-hour broadcast, beginning Nov. 1, 1999, when The Early Show debuted under that title.
Julie covered several major news stories for The Early Show,, including the war in Iraq, and in March 2003 she reported for the program during the conflict from Kuwait and Qatar. Over the course of her career, Julie has interviewed newsmakers such as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Queen Rania of Jordan, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, and celebrities including Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, Chris Rock and Jennifer Lopez.
Prior to The Early Show, Julie worked as a reporter and anchor for WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned station in New York (1997-1999).
Before joining CBS News, Julie was a reporter for WDTN-TV Dayton (1995-1997). She was a producer for ABC NewsOne (1992-1995), the network’s affiliate news service, and she was a desk assistant in ABC News’ Los Angeles bureau (1990-1991), where she worked on the award-winning primetime special, Anatomy of a Riot.
Julie is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. A devoted yogi, Chen says there’s no better way than yoga to start her day.
Julie was born in Queens, New York. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 1991 with a degree in broadcast journalism and English. She lives in New York and Los Angeles with her husband, Leslie Moonves, with whom she has a son, Charlie, and three stepchildren, Adam, Sara and Mike.