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Ann Curry

Ann Curry
Curry at the 2012 Time 100
Born (1956-11-19) November 19, 1956
Guam, U.S.
Status Married
Residence New Canaan, Connecticut
Alma mater University of Oregon School of Journalism
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1978–present
Notable credit(s) Today Show   (1997–2012)
Dateline NBC   (2005–2011)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade  (2011)
Title Correspondent/Anchor
Spouse(s) Brian Ross
Children 2

Ann Curry (born November 19, 1956) is an American television personality, news journalist and photojournalist.[1] Curry has been a humanitarian 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, among others.[2] Curry has covered numerous humanitarian 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.[3]

In January 2015, after nearly 25 years at NBC News, Curry founded her own multi-platform media startup.[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 Ann Curry would be leaving NBC News.[6] 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.[7]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
    • 1978-1989 2.1
    • 1990-2012 2.2
    • Departure from Today 2.3
  • Career timeline 3
  • Charitable work 4
  • Awards and accolades 5
  • Personal life 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Curry was born in Guam to Bob Curry, an American from Pueblo, Colorado, who is of Cherokee, French, German, Scottish and Irish descent, and Hiroe Nagase, who is from Japan.[8] Her father, a career Navy sailor,[9] met her mother during the U.S. occupation of Japan following the Second World War.[10] Although he was transferred out of Japan, he returned two years later to marry Nagase.[10] Curry is the eldest of five children.[10]

Curry lived in Japan for several years as a child, attending 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 B.A. in journalism at the University of Oregon in 1978.[11]



Curry began her broadcasting career in 1978 as an intern at then NBC-affiliate (now CBS-affiliate) KTVL in Medford, Oregon. There she rose to become the station's first female news reporter. In 1980, Curry moved to NBC-affiliate KGW[12] 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 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, Democratic Republic of 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. 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 Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough, England to raise money for charity. Her jump was shown live on the Today show at approximately 8:13 am.

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" PSA.

Departure from Today

It was widely reported in June 2012 that Curry would be replaced as co-host of Today. Curry hired attorney Robert Barnett to represent her in her discussions with NBC.[13][14][15]

On June 28, 2012, Curry announced in an emotional broadcast on the show that she was leaving Today. She signed a new multi-year contract with the network as NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and Today Anchor at Large. She leads a seven-person unit producing content and reporting for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, for which she also is a regular substitute anchor, Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams until it was canceled before the end of its first season, Today, and MSNBC. Curry also anchors multiple NBC News primetime specials.[16][17]

On August 9, 2012, Curry made her first post-departure 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".[18][19] In September 2013, Lauer said he was disappointed in the way the media reported Curry's departure.[20]

Career timeline

  • 1978–1980: KTVL reporter
  • 1980–1984: KGW reporter & anchor
  • 1984–1990: KCBS reporter
  • 1990–2015: NBC News[21]
    • 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 & 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
  • 2015-present: TBA

Charitable work

Awards and accolades

  • Emmy Awards, presented for coverage of the 1987 Los Angeles earthquake; another presented for reporting on the explosion of a San Bernardino gas pipeline,[24] and a third in 2007 for her reporting on NBC Nightly News about the Darfur crisis.[25]
  • Golden Mic (4), presented by Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA)
  • Certificate of Excellence, Associated Press
  • Gracie Award, 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[9][24]
  • 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 Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island on May 16, 2010.
  • She received an honorary doctorate from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts on May 22, 2010,[26] where she also delivered the keynote address to the graduating class. The address briefly gained national news attention as she cited several famous alumni in her speech, only one of whom had graduated from the college. All the other "alumni" had graduated from the Wheaton College in Illinois. Curry later apologized for the gaffe.[27]

Personal life

Curry was raised Catholic by her mother, who was a convert to the religion.[10]

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.[30]


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  12. ^ David Stabler (May 15, 2011). co-anchor post, stays grounded in Oregon roots"Today"Ann Curry, about to take over .  
  13. ^ "Ann Curry Being Replaced". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "NBC discussing plan to remove Ann Curry as host". Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Rumors of Ann Curry's departure from 'Today' pick up steam". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  16. ^ Page, Susan (June 28, 2012). Today' co-host Ann Curry will bid farewell today"'". USA Today. 
  17. ^ "Talent Biography - Ann Curry". NBCUniversal. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ Ravitz, Justin (August 9, 2012). "Ann Curry Has Tense Reunion With Matt Lauer on First TODAY Show Appearance Since Ouster". Us Magazine. 
  19. ^ "Ann Curry and Matt Lauer back together at Olympics for an awkward moment". New York Daily News. August 9, 2012. 
  20. ^ Fussman, Cal. "MATT LAUER: WHAT I'VE LEARNED". Esquire. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  21. ^
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  23. ^ "Afterschool". Moffly Media. 2011. 
  24. ^ a b "Ann Curry: the Today show queen". Irish America. April–May 2005. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006.  (archived 2006)
  25. ^ Gold, Matea (2007-09-25). "PBS is star of news Emmy show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  26. ^ "Ann Curry offers words of wisdom". Wheaton College. May 22, 2010. 
  27. ^ Dykes, Brett Michael (May 2, 2010). "Ann Curry dispenses graduation advice to the wrong student body". Yahoo! News. 
  28. ^
  29. ^ "The Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon". UO. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  30. ^ "Waking Up on the Wrong Side of a Rating War".  

External links

Media offices
Preceded by
Meredith Vieira
Today co-host (with Matt Lauer)
Succeeded by
Savannah Guthrie
Preceded by
Matt Lauer
Today Show News Anchor
Succeeded by
Natalie Morales
Preceded by
Stone Phillips & Jane Pauley
Dateline NBC
Co-Anchor with Stone Phillips from 2005 to 2011 solo from 2007 to 2011
Succeeded by
Lester Holt
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