GMA Joan Lunden’s Daughter and Her 20-Year-Older Husband Are Raising 2 Adorable Boys

Journalist and TV host Joan Lunden, who co-hosted "Good Morning America" for nearly two decades, has seven children. One of her daughters is married to a businessman 20 years her senior.

Joan has been working as a journalist since 1973 when she was hired as a trainee for the news department of KCRA. Due to her performance, she was quickly promoted and started serving as a weather reporter and anchor for the station.

"When you're a new parent, you become a bit of a slave to your new responsibilities."

Joan Lunden on October 30, 2014 on the "Today" show | Source: Getty Images

Joan Lunden on October 30, 2014 on the "Today" show | Source: Getty Images

JOAN LUNDEN'S CAREER

Although she was a recognized TV personality at that time, her career skyrocketed in 1980 when she became one of the "Good Morning America" hosts next to David Hartman.

At that point, she was married to TV producer Michael Arthur Krauss and was expecting her first child, Jamie. Joan became one of the few show hosts to talk about pregnancy on air openly, and she even participated in segments addressing parenting.

Joan Lunden on October 17, 2019 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Joan Lunden on October 17, 2019 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Coming back to her romantic life, she was married to Michael between 1978 and 1992. Apart from Jamie, they have two more daughters: Lindsay and Sarah.

The second and current husband of the TV personality is Jeff Konigsberg, the owner of the summer overnight camp for kids Camp Takajo.

Joan Lunden and daughter Jamie Hess on March 14, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Joan Lunden and daughter Jamie Hess on March 14, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

JAMIE, JOAN LUNDEN'S ELDEST CHILD

Joan Lunden's children with Jeff are Jack, Kim, Kate, and Max. Interestingly, they are two sets of twins born through surrogacy.

Jamie, the oldest daughter of Joan's seven kids, is married to George Harald Hess, who is 20 years older than her. As the New York Times reported, the couple tied the knot in 2013, two years after hearing about each other through a mutual friend.

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ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN. . I knowwwww it’s sooooo annoyinggggg. But it’s true. I never had a six-pack until AFTER I had my kiddos, because I never truly had my diet under control. . A regular day in my tummy looks like this: ✨Brekkie: Pre-portioned cup of @bobsredmill oatmeal with scoop of protein powder & almond milk ✨Snack: half avocado or an apple ✨Lunch: Big, beautiful salad. Often from @sweetgreen w/ tofu, Spicey broccoli, tomatoes, hot chickpeas, onions, sometimes beets OR winter squash OR sweet potato (lite), and spinach. NO DRESSING (totally unnecessary, so much flavor already!) ✨Big almond milk latte with extra foam (☕️🤤) ✨Maybe another apple if hungry, or a bar if my energy is down. Usually @healthwarrior or @one1brands ✨Dinner - approx 6pm: @amyskitchen Lentil Vegetable soup. Nightly. I never get bored. Add red pepper flakes and YUM. ✨Dessert: Fresh cut pineapple 🍍💃🏼✨ ✨Evening: Hot herbal teas. I’m a total tea freak!! . All day.... CHUG bottles of water. CHUG!! I can’t tell you how often I think I’m hungry then chug some water and realized my mind was playing tricks on me. 💧 . That’s it. Pretty simple! I never get bored because I loveeee these things, so I look forward to and savor every meal. Apples & pineapple are my favorite snacks on the planet. I leave flexibility for dining out & vacations, but even then I stick the something very similar to this approach. The more vague I get, the harder it is for me to manage my eating intuitively. Sugar is a drug and it screws up my thinking, and I have no portion control without structure. . What do you guys do? Always love hearing what works for others! . . . . . #abs #absaremadeinthekitchen #fitness #fitfam #nycfitfam #fitchick #fitspo #nyc #centralpark #girlswholift #eatclean #cleaneats #healthy #weightlossjourney #sixpack #fitmom #momlife #boymom #diastasis #momblogget #fitnessblogger #fitnessinfluencer #bossbabe #girlboss #hustlehard #goodvibes #manifest #wellprenuer #momprenuer

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In January 2012, after chatting through Facebook, they met at a Mexican restaurant in SoHo. Apart from their age gap, the most surprising aspect of their relationship is that George had been married twice already.

As a result, he had three children. One of them is only four years younger than Jamie. Thankfully, all those things didn't matter because, according to Joan's daughter, she is an "old soul," and he has a "young spirit."

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My ride or die 👑 #soulgifted . Guys... it’s our ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND. 🤟🏼🎉✨ This king right here has put up with me for 8 years 🤪 today, and married me 7 years ago tomorrow. . This week alone, he’s supported me in my crazy work schedule while taking full command of his too... not to mention comforting our kids when they were sick, tackling dirty diapers & 2am feedings even after being out at work events until past midnight, slaying his workouts, & cooking healthy meals for our family. . Oh and lovin’ on me. 🥰 . Tomorrow we’ll celebrate our wedding anniversary with a #swolemate sweat followed by a healthy lunch and some time with our kiddos... because that’s what we TRULY like to do. . By the way... we were both crazy club kids in the 90s & 2000s, so to settle into a life where the simple things are so whole-heartedly satisfying.... well, that’s just a gift from the Universe. 🙏🏻✨ . Hess, IFLU from now ‘till eternity, babe. 💖 . 📸: @daphneyoureephotography . . . . . #soulcycle #spinclass #fitness #fitfam #fitspo #fitmom #fitdad #fitcouple #fitlife #nycfitfam #nyc #nycfitness #workout #fitnessblogger #couplegoals #happywifehappylife #fitnessinfluencer #wellprenuer #mommyblog #momblogger #momlife #dadlife #soulfam #iamwellandgood #wellandgoodnyc #boymom #marriage #anniversary

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MEETING HER HUSBAND, GEORGE HESS

On September 9, 2015, only two years after walking down the aisle, the couple welcomed a son named Mason Levi. One of Jamie's sisters, Lindsay, said about meeting the baby for the first time:

"We were getting text updates all night long, waiting for baby boy Hess to come, and finally at around 4:30 a.m., it was time. We raced over to the hospital and met little Mason and he was perfect! We couldn't take our eyes off of him."

According to Lindsay, Joan was also thrilled with the new addition to the family. The TV personality kept saying that her "first baby has a baby."

Unfortunately for the couple, having a baby significantly changed their routine. Before Mason was born, they used to run together through several areas in New York. When he joined their lives, it became almost impossible.

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Some days mindfulness comes easy, and some days it’s a struggle. 😌 . Are you a “George” or a “Mason” today? . Try letting go... Mason is struggling because he’s a 3-year-old who wants to please... so he’s trying REALLY hard to meditate (bless his heart!). . George knows that meditation is about acceptance, practice, & dismissing perfection, gently bringing the mind back to quiet when it wanders. . My favorite meditations are the ones where I simply take 3 or 4 minutes to quiet my mind & get re-grounded during a busy day. It’s AMAZING how even a 3-minute practice can turn everything around. One of my favorite meditation apps @meditationstudioapp has lots of short meditations you can check out if you’re looking for a quick break from your brain. 🧠 . Happy meditating, friends!! . . . . . #meditation #meditate #mindfulness #zen #namaste #om #bepresent #nyckids #wellness #wellprenuer #mindful #mindfulmamas #momlife #boymom #dadlife #fitmom #fitdad #iamwellandgood #wellandgoodnyc #momblogger #happy #happiness

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KEEPING THEIR ROMANCE ALIVE

Jamie pointed out that most people would tell them to go on date nights to keep the romance alive, but they eventually realized that it didn't help. The couple realized that what they missed the most was pursuing their hobbies.

Instead of hiring a sitter for their date nights, they decided to contact caregivers willing to work at dawn so that they could run together again.

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ACCOUNTABILITY. . A follower wrote me last night and asked for my best tips for getting off of sugar. . My short answer? Pull the plug. Sugar is an addiction. If your brain is wired anything like mine is, even a little bit can send me into a tailspin. 🍦🍭🍰 . That said: if it were that easy, we’d all simply DO IT. It’s not easy. It’s hard, and our food culture doesn’t set us up to make it any easier. . The truth is: she already took the first step by speaking it out loud (or at least, in writing), to me. 💬 . When we share our struggles, it removes some of their power. And when we make a commitment out loud to another human, it gives us a chance to be accountable, rather than going it in our own. . George and I use each other as accountability buddies, for both fitness & diet purposes. I also did the @goallinbyteddi program by my girl @teddimellencamp which is based around accountability and changed my life. (Wanna discount code? DM me 😉). . Don’t do it alone. Everything doesn’t have to be so hard. Get out of your head - personally, my mind isn’t a place I should visit without adult supervision. 🚫🙃 . Who can you enlist as an accountability buddy today? . (GREAT! Now send them a text/email/call/carrier pigeon. Take action!) . Happy Tuesday, friends!! . . . . . #fitness #fitfam #fitspo #swolemates #nycfitfam #fitcouple #fitmom #fitdad #fitnessblogger #fitnessinfluencer #accountability #rhobh #teddimellencamp #momlife #boymom #weightlossjourney #fitnessinspiration #eatclean #healthy #wellness #manifest #accountabilitybuddy #riseandgrind #trainhard #run #runners #runnersofinstagram

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Thankfully, the strategy worked. Apart from losing 10 pounds almost immediately, their new routine gave them the emotional support they needed and made them feel empowered. Jamie added:

"When you're a new parent, you become a bit of a slave to your new responsibilities, and it can feel a bit overwhelming. This was our outlet to reclaim the joy we had together as a couple before we had Mason."

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Well, that’s a wrap!! WHAT. A. WEEKEND!! #HalfMarathonFinishers🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♂️✨ . TBH, the race is always just the icing on the cake. The real joy is the two months of training leading up to the race: ✨To spend the summer outdoors in nature as you log your mileage ✨To push yourself a bit farther each week... and to feel so proud of the accomplishment every time ✨To enthusiastically (read: obsessively!) connect with other runners both on and off the ‘gram, sharing training tactics and commiserating over things like lost toenails (I currently have two hanging on for dear life 🤷‍♀️) . These are some of the hidden gifts of running. I am grateful to the universe for offering these gifts to us... and to us for seizing them. . I’m also grateful to the @hamptonsmarathon race organizers for doing a great job, to nature for giving us THE MOST PERFECT conditions to run in, and to our awesome babysitter for spending the weekend with us and allowing us to feel comfortable knowing our kiddos were safe & happy. . Until next time, Hamps... you’ve been a champ!! . . . . . #fitness #fitfam #fitspo #run #runners #running #runhappy #runnersworld #runnersofinstagram #halfmarathon #halfmarathontraining #marathon #marathontraining #nyrr #hamptonshalfmarathon #runthehamptons #fitmom #fitdad #fitcouple #swolemates #happy #hamptons #workout #fitnessblogger #runningblogger

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Their hobby has given them some of their "most special memories together" as they have participated in races in several places, including Amsterdam, the Mediterranean Sea, and the French Alps.

Nowadays, Joan Lunden's daughter is a fitness influencer who runs the Instagram page NYCFitFam. In it, she and her husband share motivational posts, meals, and photos of their family, including their second son Asher, born on March 30, 2019.

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