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Ann Curry

Ann Curry
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Curry at the 2012 Time 100
Born
ResidenceNew Canaan, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
OccupationJournalist
Years active1978-present
Home townAshland, Oregon, U.S.
Brian Ross (m. 1989)
Children2

Ann Curry (born November 19, 1956) is an American journalist and photojournalist,[2] who has been a reporter for more than 30 years, focused on human suffering in war zones and natural disasters. Curry has reported from the wars in Syria, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Kosovo, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan, and Iraq.[3] Curry has covered numerous disasters, including the tsunamis in Southeast Asia and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where her appeal via Twitter topped Twitter's 'most powerful' list, credited for helping speed the arrival of humanitarian planes.[4]

In June 2012, she became the national and international correspondent-anchor for NBC News and the anchor at large for the Today show. She was co-anchor of Today from June 9, 2011, to June 28, 2012, and the program's news anchor from March 1997 until becoming co-anchor. She was also the anchor of Dateline NBC from 2005 to 2011.[5]

On January 13, 2015, it was announced that Curry would be leaving NBC News after nearly 25 years.[6] In January 2015, Curry founded her own multi-platform media startup.[7] She continues to conduct major news interviews on network television, most recently securing an exclusive interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif about the Iran nuclear talks.[8]

Early life and education

Curry was born in Agaña, Guam, the daughter of Hiroe Nagase and Robert Paul "Bob" Curry.[1] Her father, an American from Pueblo, Colorado, had German and Irish ancestry. Her mother is Japanese.[9][1] Her parents met when her father, a career navy sailor,[10] worked as a streetcar conductor during the United States occupation of Japan following the Second World War.[11][12] Although he was transferred out of Japan, he returned two years later to marry Nagase.[11] Curry is the eldest of five children.[11]

Curry lived in Japan for several years as a child, and attended the Ernest J. King School on the United States Fleet Activities Sasebo naval base in Sasebo, Nagasaki. Later, she moved to Ashland, Oregon, where she graduated from Ashland High School. She graduated with a bachelor of arts in journalism at the University of Oregon in 1978.[13]

Career

1978–1989

Curry began her broadcasting career in 1978 as an intern at then NBC-affiliate (now CBS-affiliate) KTVL in Medford, Oregon.[14] There she rose to become the station's first female news reporter. In 1980, Curry moved to NBC-affiliate KGW[15] 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.

1990–2012

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 Today. From 1997 to 2011, she served as news anchor at Today, becoming the show's second-longest serving news anchor, behind Frank Blair, who served in that capacity from 1953 to 1975. During this time, she also served as a substitute anchor for Today. In May 2005, Curry was named co-anchor of Dateline NBC with Stone Phillips; she remained as the primary anchor when Phillips left in June 2007, until she replaced Meredith Vieira on Today in 2011. She was the primary substitute on NBC Nightly News from 2005 to 2011.

Curry covering the 2009 Commander in Chief's Ball, with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen

Curry has reported on major international stories, filing stories from places such as Baghdad, Sri Lanka, Congo, Rwanda, 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 former Vice President Al Gore. Curry reported from the USS Theodore Roosevelt during the invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001, and had an exclusive interview with General Tommy Franks. She reported from Baghdad in early 2003, and then from the USS Constellation as the war in Iraq began. Curry 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 Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough, England, to raise money for charity. Her jump was shown live on the Today show.

In 2009, Curry traveled to Iran, where she interviewed then-President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad days before Ahmadinejad traveled to America to speak in front of the United Nations General Assembly.

In 2011, Curry appeared in the first PBS Kids Sprout "Kindness Counts" public service announcement.

Departure from Today

In June 2012, Curry was widely reported as being replaced as co-host of Today. Curry hired attorney Robert Barnett to represent her in her discussions with NBC.[16][17][18]

On June 28, 2012, Curry announced in an emotional broadcast on the show that she was leaving Today. She signed a new multiyear contract with the network as NBC News national and international correspondent/anchor and Today anchor-at-large.

Her departure had led to some discussions about racism, particularly as one of the few prominent Asian-American journalists on the national stage. [19]

For a time, she led a seven-person unit producing content and reporting for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (for which she also was a regular substitute anchor), Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC. Curry also anchored multiple NBC News primetime specials.[20][21]

On August 9, 2012, Curry made her first postdeparture appearance on Today, when she reported a story during the show's coverage at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The reunion with her former co-anchor, Matt Lauer, was described in the media as "tense", "awkward", and "chilly".[22][23] In September 2013, Lauer said he was disappointed in the way the media reported Curry's departure.[24]

In January 2015, Curry was announced as officially leaving NBC News.[25]

2018-present

In January 2018, Curry returned to television with her six-part PBS series, We'll Meet Again. Developed by her own production company, the series focuses on 12 stories of people searching for individuals who changed their lives.[26][27]

She then appeared on The View as guest co-host on January 23, 2018, where she addressed the controversies surrounding her departure from TODAY.

Curry now hosts TNT/TBS's Chasing the Cure. [28]

Career timeline

  • 1978-1980: KTVL reporter
  • 1980-1984: KGW reporter and anchor
  • 1984-1990: KCBS reporter
  • 1990-2015: NBC News[29]
    • 1990-1991: NBC News Chicago bureau correspondent
    • 1991-1996: NBC News at Sunrise anchor
    • 1994-1997: Today substitute news anchor
    • 1997-2011: Today news anchor and substitute anchor
    • 2005-2007: Dateline NBC co-anchor
    • 2005-2011: NBC Nightly News substitute anchor
    • 2007-2011: Dateline NBC anchor
    • 2011-2012: Today co-anchor
    • 2012-2015:
      • Today anchor-at-large
      • NBC News national and international correspondent
      • NBC News special anchor
  • 2018: PBS' We'll Meet Again docuseries
  • 2019: TNT and TBS' Chasing the Cure[30]

Personal life

Curry was raised Catholic by her mother, who was a convert to the religion.[11] Curry is married to Brian Ross, a software executive, whom she met in college. They have a daughter, McKenzie, and a son, William Walker Curry Ross. The family lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.[31]

Charitable work

Awards and honors

See also

References

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External links

Media offices
Preceded by
Meredith Vieira
Today Co-Anchor
June 9, 2011 - June 28, 2012
with Matt Lauer
Succeeded by
Savannah Guthrie
Preceded by
Matt Lauer
Today Show News Anchor
1997-2011
Succeeded by
Natalie Morales
Preceded by
Jane Pauley
Dateline NBC anchor
2005-2011
with Stone Phillips 2005-2007
Succeeded by
Lester Holt

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