Ann Curry Announces Her New Role as NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and 'Today' Anchor at Large

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June 28th, 2012

via press release:

NEW YORK – June 28, 2012 - - This morning on NBC News’ “Today,” Ann Curry announced that she will be taking on a new role as NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and “Today” Anchor at Large. Her new expanded assignment is effective immediately and also includes a long-term deal with NBC News.

“I will still be a part of the TODAY show family but I'm going to have a new title and a new role,” Curry said on this morning’s broadcast. “I am so grateful, especially to all of you who watch because Matt and I and everyone who sits on this couch, we often call ourselves a family,” she said. “They're giving me some fancy new titles which essentially means that I'm going to get tickets to every big story we want to cover with a terrific team of my choosing… I love all of you, especially all of you who are behind the scenes, behind the cameras.”

In her new role, Curry will report for all platforms of NBC News including “Today,” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” “Dateline,” MSNBC, and she will have a major presence across all digital properties. A newly created NBC News multi-person unit will be dedicated to cultivating and producing each of Curry’s stories and will work closely with all of the news division’s franchises. Curry will also serve as anchor for multiple NBC News primetime specials.

Statement from Steve Capus, NBC News President: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ann for nearly 20 years, and have seen firsthand how her passion for reporting has made her one of America’s most trusted journalists. She’s the definition of a trailblazer, always broadcasting with an unmatched combination of grit and humanity. This new role allows her a bigger platform to do what she does best – to tell the stories that might not otherwise be told.”

Statement from Jim Bell, “Today” Executive Producer: “I know of only one journalist who in just a matter of years has travelled to Sudan six times, broken exclusive world news with top world leaders, and broadcast live from both the South Pole and Mount Kilimanjaro. Ann has quite literally reached amazing heights in her career, and with this new role, she will continue her intrepid climb bringing viewers her signature brand of humanitarian reporting.”

Curry has been a member of the “Today” family for more than 15 years. She served as co-anchor of the broadcast from June 2011 to June 2012, and as news anchor from March 1997 to June 2011. Curry also served as anchor of “Dateline NBC” from May 2005 until September 2011. She regularly substitute anchors for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and reports for “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”

Curry has distinguished herself in global humanitarian reporting, frequently traveling to remote areas of the world to cover under-reported stories. She has travelled to Sudan six times since 2006 to report on the violence and ethnic cleansing taking place in Darfur, Chad and the Nuba Mountains. Curry has conducted numerous exclusive interviews with world leaders and dignitaries including three sit-downs with Dalai Lama, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s first-ever interview with an American news organization, and an interview with former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, just two months before her assassination in December 2007. In September 2011, Curry was granted the first-ever behind-the-scenes access to the daily schedule of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was in this exclusive interview that Curry broke the news of his plans to free the much-publicized two American hikers who had been held hostage since 2009.

Curry has traveled the world reporting from war-torn areas, and she was the first network news anchor to report on the refugee crisis caused by the genocide in Kosovo in 1999. As part of “Today’s” unprecedented Ends of the Earth series, Curry spent ten days in Antarctica and the South Pole in November 2007, and she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in November 2008 to shed light on the global effects of climate change.

Curry has covered the major news stories of the past decade-and-a-half including three presidential elections, the September 11 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Hurricane Katrina. She spent a week in Japan covering the destruction from the massive earthquake and tsunami of 2011. In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, she travelled to Pakistan to report live on the developing situation on the ground in that country, and in November 2011, Curry travelled to Baghdad for an exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden.

Curry has earned eight Emmy Awards, four Golden Mikes, several Associated Press Certificates of Excellence, three Gracie Allen Awards, a Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, and an award for Excellence in Reporting from the NAACP. In June 2007, Curry received the Simon Wiesenthal Medal of Valor for her extensive reporting in Darfur. She has been honored by Americares, Save the Children, Women of Concern, the Anti-Defamation League as a Woman of Achievement, and the Asian American Journalists Association, receiving its National Journalism Award in 2003. She has also won numerous awards for her charity work, primarily for breast cancer research.

Curry graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 1978.

 

 
  • adanskii

    Ann Curry is an amazing journalist, this is more of her thing, hard hitting news, today show wasnt right for her. I am very happy she is still part of NBC News

  • Cath

    Why does NBC continue to humiliate its employees in this fashion? I don’t watch The Today Show but I did see a replay of Ann Curry’s goodbye. Everyone sitting near her was uncomfortable and, quite frankly, looked upset with her for her remarks. It was as if she had cooties and they wanted to stay as far away from her as possible. She was obviously upset but who wouldn’t be. The money and continued assignments would be small solace for basically being thrown under the bus for bad ratings. Even if she was responsible for the dip her removal was badly handled. It should be a lesson to everyone who works for NBC as to how disposable they are. I hope her replacement has learned this lesson because that individual is next. The backlash over this is not going to strengthen the ratings in the short run. The other networks let people go and for the most part manage to avoid this kind of media circus. Amazing that even with the ownership change at NBC this kind of public execution still seems to be a part of the NBC culture.

  • DryedMangoez

    Ann Curry’s been doing solid work for what, almost two decades on Today and for NBC News and they, as gently as NBC could, leave her out to dry. Hopefully her “fancy new titles” does allow her to do some bigger, deeper stories because she’s always been more of a hard news type than a fluffy morning show host anyway.

  • Carl Winstead

    Ann Curry was not only a hard new journalist but a big advantage to the Today Show. How can one co-anchor be jeopardized by falling rating of the show? I think it is more about programing. The show has turned into entertainment show rather than a news show. All of the food section and style section are not what we want to see first thing in the morning.

    I’m disappointed to see that Matt Lauer and Al Roker did not speak out in support of her. I am now a CBS Morning new fan. Good bye NBC

  • Ralph Hahn

    Ann’s new business card will be a 3 x 5. Can’t fit the title in the standard size. My own business card has lines in fonts I didn’t think they made that small. People need to use the Hubble-scope to read mine.

    I’m still trying to find out if she got the $10 million buy-out of her “Today” co-host contract. These days, if you really want to know what’s going on in the entertainment industry FAST, go to TMZ.com.

    Although he’s 68, “Today” should have signed WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough instead of handing Matt Lauer a $25 million a year contract. Chuck is now without the co-anchor he’s had for over thirty years when WNBC sent Sue Simmons packing. Chuck has a lot of credibility covering news in NYC. Fair and objective.

  • Chris

    Matt Lauer seemed today as hypocritical as Jay Leno did a few years ago. If I were Ann, when Matt caressed her shoulder I would have thrown that hand back in his face.

  • David

    I am not a fan of the Today show, NBC News, and NBC in general. BUT … the way they handled and blamed Ann Curry was shameful. She is a solid, credible, honest journalist with a good reputation. She may be a better news anchor than host of Today’s fluff and stuff, but she did not deserve how she was treated.

    I watched her farewell comments, and I felt bad. She was thrown under the bus because NBC and Jim Bell needed someone to blame instead of themselves. In my eyes, when they hired Kathie Lee Gifford to anchor Today’s fourth hour of drinking — their ship started tanking. No wonder their Today show is #2 to Good Morning America.

    Times change, anchors come and go. So do viewers. Our viewing habits change. We choose what to watch. The crap that is the Today show is definitely NOT the same Today show of the past. Savannah and Natalie can share the chair for now — but don’t get too comfy. The Today show will keep falling in the ratings until the suits at NBC realize that they way they handle their employees is whats causing their ratings to fall.

    Wait until Kathie Lee Gifford jumps to the first 2 hours of Today and slides in next to Lauer and Roker. Won’t that be fun, credible, and a show of great journalism in the works.

    Brian Williams … watch out. You are next.

    Go ABC News — strong, knowledgeable, honest and deserving of being #1.
    Ann Curry — good luck, better tomorrows. ABC News probably will welcome you with open arms just as they did with Katie Couric.

  • Jan

    Matt is a RAT.
    Ann is a scapegoat
    NBC is a petting zoo

  • Rob R

    Ann is such a classy, lovely woman. She was not the best co-host of Today, but who says that should be the end-all, be-all? She will fill this new role wonderfully, and it will play to her true talents. Congratulations to her and I hope I see her often on TODAY, making her reports.

  • Doreen

    Ann, I have watched you all these years . . . Have gone to the show many times and u are always the most gracious and friendly person on the plaza. Your ability and compassion as a journalist is second to none. Don’t believe for one minute that you are to blame for the ratings drops. The lack of in depth hard news coverage and the excessive amount of fluff that the Today show has espoused is to blame. Matt and Al should have had your back. In your new position, When your superb in depth pieces catapult the show’s ratings, you will have your day and the NBC suits will get their due. Hope they gave you a ton of money and and the ability to call all your own shots. You go girl !!

  • john conners

    Some solid BS comming out of NBC. Two faced at best. It’s the programming stupid….Capus is a douche bag. How would u like to have him as a “FRIEND of 20 years”?

  • PinoyTvCritic

    what they did is part of business. it is not a reflection of what NBC News is. This hullabaloo doesn’t mean ABC is better. NBC has a strong and multi-platformed news organization.

    the decisions of some executives should not put the hard work of the men and women of NBC News to waste.

  • DOUG FOX

    IF ANN GOES I GO OFF ALL NBC SHOWS. IF MATT GOES I WILL BE BACK.

  • KirbbDogg

    I read on Mediaite that Capus got fired and Jim Bell took his spot. And it was Bell who had final say if Ann stayed or not. I think Bell and Matt and his bad press is what made the Today show go down in the ratings. It easy to say Ann was not good as the host becuase she’s wasn’t. But the iusse I have is it’s not the resion Ann was removed. That Matt wanted her gone. I think NBC put there hopes on Ryan Seacrest taking Matt’s spot. And when Seacrest said no. And I knew he would due to the fact he was not going to give up American Idel. When that didn’t workout. Matt got levage to stay on. NBC news going to go down even more.

  • Jay

    I like Ann a lot and I feel terrible for her over what went down, but at the end of the day, she was a much better anchor than a Today host. She just doesn’t have the type of personality required for the job.

    I definitely wasn’t impressed with Matt’s demeanour during her good bye though.

  • richard

    BRIAN WILLIAMS SHOULD LET ANN DO A COUPLE NIGHTS OF THE NIGHTLY NEWS BEFORE THE OLYMPICS. SHE HAS DONE IT MANT TIMES AND THIS WOULD SHOW THE PUBLIC THAT NBC RESPECTS HER, SHE SHOULD BE ON THE WORLD EVENTS MORE AND MORE SHE’S VERY GOOD AT THIS.

  • Madeleine

    Has everyone on this network lost their minds? Ann has been bypassed for
    Meredith who was boring. Along with Matt, boredom personified. Has any
    noticed the comments by Matt over the last several weeks about Savannah..
    “she’s adorable, gorgeous, so smart, yakety yak”. Matt’s wife should pay
    attention to this. Ann Curry is why I have followed this show. I tape many
    episodes and go directly to her. She is a classy lady, but more importantly
    she is a great journalist. The bottom line is, I will be watching ABC and
    Charlie and Gail. Much more professional. Please stick Matt back in the old
    shoe where you found him. All betrayers. Natalie Morales better get her
    skates on, because she’s great, smart, and beautiful. Doesnt belong on desk.

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