Notable Oregonians: Ann Curry - Television Journalist
Ann Curry was born in Guam on November 19, 1956. She grew up in southern Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 1978. Curry began her broadcasting career at the Medford, Oregon television station KTVL, where she served as a news reporter from 1978 to 1981. She was a reporter and anchor for KGW Portland from 1981 to 1984 before working at KCBS in Los Angeles until 1990. There, she earned an Emmy Award for her live coverage of the October 1987 Los Angeles earthquake and another for her coverage of the explosion of a gas pipeline in San Bernadino.
Curry joined NBC News in 1990 and became the NBC Chicago correspondent in October of that year. She was anchor of NBC News at Sunrise, the network's early morning newscast, from 1991 until she joined MSNBC in 1996. As a correspondent for Dateline NBC, she gained an exclusive interview with the parents of the Iowa septuplets in 1997. Curry was the only reporter who was allowed full access into the hospital, the community and the McCaughey family.
She served as the news anchor for NBC's Today Show from 1997 until she became co-host in 2011. In 2012, she became the Today Show's anchor-at-large and NBC News' national/international correspondent. Curry anchored Dateline NBC from 2005 to 2011, and was also the primary substitute on NBC Nightly News. She reported extensively from the Balkans in 1999 and from "ground zero" at the World Trade Centers in New York in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Curry also reported on the devastation caused by the Asian earthquake and tsunamis in December 2004.
Curry has earned four Emmys Awards, four Golden Mikes, several Associated Press Certificates of Excellence, two Gracie Allen Awards, and an award for Excellence in Reporting from the NAACP. In June 2007 she received the Simon Wiesenthal Medal of Valor for her extensive reporting in Darfur.