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Monday, May 9, 2011

Ann Curry

Ann Curry (born November 19, 1956) is an American television news journalist and news anchor on NBC's morning television program Today since May 1997 and host of Dateline NBC since May 2005. Along with Lester Holt, she is the primary substitute for Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News.
Curry is a Board Member at the IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).

Professional career

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 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. During this time, she also served as a substitute anchor and news anchor for the NBC news shows Today and Weekend 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. She also continues as news anchor at Today, and is the show's second-longest serving news anchor, behind Frank Blair, who served in that capacity from 1953 to 1975. Since September 2007 Curry has been one of the three anchors for TODAY's third hour. She is also a substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News.
Curry has been known at NBC News for anchoring three of the four major broadcasts. She has read the news on The Today Show since March 11, 1997, she has anchored Dateline NBC since 2005, and has been the primary substitute on NBC Nightly News since 2007 after Lester Holt took over weekend editions (Holt had previously been the primary substitute but left that position to become weekend anchor, giving Curry the position). There have even been days when Curry has anchored all three broadcasts in one day. A segment on Today, Ann on the Run, follows Curry around a day where she must read the news on Today, tape Dateline, and fill in live for Brian Williams on Nightly News.

Curry was born in Guam to Bob Curry, of French, Irish, Dutch descent from Pueblo, Colorado, and Hiroe Nagase, originally from Japan. Her American father, a career Navy man, met her mother during the U.S. occupation of Japan following the Second World War. The U.S. military did not initially allow the marriage, but her father returned to Japan two years later to marry Nagase.
As a child, Curry lived in Japan for several years, attending the Ernest J. King School on the military base in Sasebo, later moving to Ashland, Oregon, where she graduated from Ashland High School. In 1978, she graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon.
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 (Billy). The family lives in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City.

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
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,
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

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