Ann Curry (born November 19, 1956) is an American journalist , photojournalist, and co-anchor on NBC's morning television program . She is the former news anchor on Today, a role she began in March 1997, and was the host of Dateline NBC from 2005 2011.
Curry is a Board Member at the International Women's Media Foundation .Biography
Curry was born in Cherokee , German , Scottish and Navy man, met her mother during the U.S. occupation of Japan following the Second World War . The U.S. military initially did not allow the marriage, but her father returned to Japan two years later to marry Nagase.
Curry lived in Japan for several years as a child, attending the Ernest J. King School on a military base in Sasebo. Later she moved to Ashland, Oregon , where she graduated from Ashland High School . She graduated with a BA in Journalism from the in 1978.
Curry was raised Roman Catholic by her mother, who was a convert to the religion.
Curry is married to software executive, Brian Ross, whom she met in college. They have a daughter, McKenzie, and a son, William Walker Curry Ross. The family lives in the New York City .Professional career
Curry began her broadcasting career in 1978 as an intern at then NBC-affiliate (now CBS-affiliate) Medford, Oregon . There she rose to become the station's first female news reporter. In 1980, Curry moved to NBC-affiliate KGW in Portland , where she was a reporter and anchor.
Four years later, Curry moved to Los Angeles as a reporter for KCBS-TV and received two Emmy Awards while working as a reporter from 1984 to 1990.
In 1990, Curry joined NBC News, first as the NBC News Chicago correspondent then as the anchor of NBC News at Sunrise from 1991 to 1996. Curry also served as a substitute news anchor for Matt Lauer from 1994 to 1997 at . From 1997 to 2011, she served as news anchor at , being the show's second-longest serving news anchor, behind , who served in that capacity from 1953 to 1975. During this time, she also served as a substitute anchor for . In May 2005, Curry was named co-anchor of Dateline NBC with ; she remained as the primary anchor when Phillips left in June 2007 and has since moved off the show after replacing Meredith Viera on Today in 2011.
Curry is known for her international reporting of major stories, filing stories from places such as Baghdad , Democratic Republic of Congo , Albania , and Darfur . Curry hosted NBC's primetime coverage and highlights of the Live Earth concerts on July 7, 2007 and also contributed with interviews for the special with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Al Gore . Curry reported from the Afghanistan in November 2001, and had an exclusive interview with General Constellation as the war in began. Ann was also the first network news anchor to report from inside the Southeast Asian tsunami zone in late 2004.
On December 17, 2007, Curry bungee jumped off the world famous Middlesbrough , England to raise money for charity. Her jump was shown live on the Today show at about 8:13 am. During a February 4, 2008 appearance as a guest on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien , asked if she would ever bungee jump again, Curry said she would if O'Brien would jump with her.
Ann Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host of Today on June 9, 2011, with national correspondent Natalie Morales replacing Curry as news reader.
In 2011, Ann Curry appeared in the first PBS Kids Sprout "Kindness Counts" PSA .Volunteerism
Save the Children
Emmy Awards , presented for coverage of the 1987 Los Angeles earthquake; another presented for reporting on the explosion of a San Bernardino gas pipeline, and a third in 2007 for her reporting on NBC Nightly News about the Darfur crisis.
Golden Mic (4), presented by Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA)
Certificate of Excellence, Associated Press
, presented by The Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television
Excellence in Reporting, presented by the NAACP
National Journalism Award, presented by the Asian American Journalists Association , 2003
Pioneer Award, presented by University of Oregon, 2003
Hall of Achievement induction, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, 2002
Sexiest Newscaster and "Hottest MILF Newscaster" as voted on by readers of Ask Men magazine
Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service , presented by PNC Bank for outstanding achievements in mass communications, 2008
Honorary Doctorate in Journalism from Southern Oregon University on 6/5/2010 after giving the commencement address
Curry received an honorary degree from in Providence, Rhode Island on May 16, 2010.
She received an honorary doctorate from the on May 22, 2010. There she delivered the graduation keynote address. However, she gaffed as she cited several famous alumni, only one of which graduated from that college. The others graduated from the . Curry apologized for the gaffe.Funded scholarship
Ann Curry Scholarship for University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication Broadcasting Students, 2002References
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