Kaity Tong Biography
Kaity Tong is a Chinese-American Emmy Award-winning anchor/reporter working for WPIX in New York. She serves as the anchor for the PIX 11 News at 5 and 10 on weekends. She joined the station in 1991.
Kaity Tong Age
Tong is 74 years old as of 2021. She was born on 23 July 1947 in Qingdao, China. She celebrates her birthday on the 23rd of July every year.
Kaity Tong Height
Tong stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Kaity Tong Family
Tong was born to Television producers Anita Tong and George Tong. Her parents anglicized George and Anita Tong for their names. In 1985, she became a resident of the United States. Growing up in Washington, D.C., she was influenced by her great-uncle, Hollington Tong, a Chinese ambassador to the US as well as an acclaimed poet, to become a journalist. Her mother worked as a broadcaster and editor in Washington, D.C. for the Voice of America.
Kaity Tong Husband
Tong was previously married to Robert Long, former news director and vice-president of Los Angeles KNBC-TV until September 25, 2009. Together they were blessed with a son who they named Philip Long. Later on, she was married to Patrick Callahan who is a photographer.
Kaity Tong Net Worth
Tong has an estimated net worth of between $ 1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned through her career as a journalist.
Kaity Tong Salary
Tong earns an annual salary ranging between $ 45,000 – $ 110,500.
Kaity Tong Education
Tong had no idea what she wanted to do with her life after graduating with honors on an academic scholarship from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in English Literature, so she searched for the longest graduate program she could find, only to stay in school! Fortunately, she was admitted into the Chinese and Japanese studies Ph.D. program at Stanford University.
Kaity Tong Career
Tong serves at WPIX as a news anchor for the 5 and 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It was when she was at Stanford when by mistake, Kaity started her broadcasting career, having what she assumed was only a summer job as a morning editor and producer for San Francisco’s KCBS All-News Radio.
The summer work turned into a year-long stint at the San Francisco Top All-News Radio Station. Kaity was able to complete her master’s degree in Asian Studies, but was sidetracked by the news industry and never finished her doctoral thesis.
As a reporter for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, she started her television career. Originally employed as a station journalist, Kaity was asked to do an on-air test and promoted to a street reporter on the spot, where her first story was on the “new” carts transporting individuals around the airport.
Shortly after that, Kaity was recruited as the number-one co-anchor at 5 p.m. Yes, and 10 p.m. Newscasts in Sacramento, CA on KCRA-TV, the NBC affiliate. While at KCRA, the Unified Way, the California State Legislature, and the Sacramento City Council honored her community service and participation in civic politics.
Two years later, before co-anchoring the 5 pm and 11 pm newscasts, Kaity was hired by WABC-TV and moved to New York, where she started as a general reporter and co-anchor of the ‘Weekend News Edition’. When at WABC, Kaity collaborated with Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel, and Tom Snyder, veterans of the press.”Kaity joined WPIX after 10 years at WABC’s “Eyewitness News,” where she co-anchored at 10 p.m. Almost 20 years of reporting.
In winning the “Exceptional Achievement Award” from The Women’s Project, Kaity joined Gloria Steinem and Beverly Sills and was the first woman recognized by Rotary International with its “Paul Harris Fellowship.” She was also honored by the New York Women’s Agenda with a “Star” award. Kaity has been honored for her achievement in collaboration with the Chinese American Arts Council.
She won a Chinese-American Planning Council “Distinguished Woman” award and a Champion of Excellence Award from the Association of Chinese Americans. Kaity, a naturalized citizen, is exceptionally grateful to have received for her work the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The famous page, Fabulous Over Fifty, recently honored her.
She is closely involved with the Manhattan Children’s Museum, the Developmental Diabetes Foundation, the Hard of Hearing League, the China AIDS Fund, Plate to Plate, and just to name a few, the Alliance for Asian American Children and Families.
Kaity Tong PIX-11
Tong is working at PIX-11 where she works alongside other famous PIX-11 anchors and reporters including;
- Andy Adler
- Mr. G
- Kori Chambers
- Marissa Torres
- Marysol Castro
- Ben Aaron
- Ojinika Obiekwe
- Vanessa Freeman
- John Muller
- Dan Mannarino
- Justin Walters
- Erica Grow
Kaity Tong Social Media Platforms
Tong is active on her social media accounts and often posts on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has over 10.7k followers on Twitter, over 8.9k followers on Instagram, and over 20k followers on Facebook.