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Ann Curry is the NBC News National and International Correspondent/Anchor and TODAY Anchor at Large. Curry reports for all platforms of NBC News including TODAY, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” “Dateline,” MSNBC, and all digital properties. Curry also serves as anchor for multiple NBC News primetime specials, regularly substitute anchors for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and reports for “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”  

Curry served as co-anchor of NBC News’ TODAY from June 2011 to June 2012 and as news anchor from March 1997 to June 2011. She served as the anchor of “Dateline NBC” from May 2005 until September 2011.

Curry has distinguished herself in global humanitarian reporting, frequently traveling to remote areas of the world for under-reported stories. During the span of one year, from March 2006 to March 2007, she traveled three times to Sudan to report on the violence and ethnic cleansing taking place in Darfur and Chad. While there, she provided in-depth reports focusing on the victims who have been caught in the deadly conflict of that region, and she also conducted exclusive interviews with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Chadian President Idrsiss Deby. In February 2009, she returned to the Darfur region to continue her reporting on the humanitarian crisis and to cover the looming arrest of al-Bashir for Crimes against Humanity in Darfur. In October 2010, Curry spent a week traveling through the southern region of the Sudan with actor and activist George Clooney to shed light on the tensions building in the country. In February 2012, Curry made her sixth trip to Sudan to cover the vicious bombing campaigns targeting black African tribes in the Nuba Mountains. In spring 2008, Curry broadcast live from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she reported on the horrific struggles of the women and children from the city of Goma. She also traveled to Serbia in 2008, where she examined the deplorable conditions of Serbia’s mental institutions. Curry was the first network news anchor to report on the humanitarian refugee crisis caused by the genocide in Kosovo in 1999, reporting for NBC News from Albania and Macedonia. 

Curry has conducted numerous exclusive interviews with world leaders and dignitaries, including three notable discussions with the Dalai Lama, the first during his trip to the U.S amid violence in Tibet in April 2008, the second at his private home in India in March 2009, and the third on May 20, 2010 on TODAY, his first live on-set interview on a morning news program. Curry sat down 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. In November 2011, Curry reported live from Baghdad, Iraq and conducted an exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden, who was in Baghdad for a U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee meeting. Curry also talked to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in his first-ever interview with an American news organization. Other Curry exclusives include Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first female elected president of an African nation; the first highly sought-after interview with Thomas Hamill, the truck driver for Halliburton subsidiary KBR, who escaped captivity in Iraq; the first interview with accused spy Wen Ho Lee after he was cleared of all charges of espionage against the United States; and the first interview with the parents of the McCaughey septuplets. Curry also repeatedly landed the first exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong after his Tour de France wins.

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In the wake of the record-breaking earthquake and devastating tsunami of March 2011, Curry was one of the few network anchors to travel to Japan and provide on-the-ground coverage of the crises unfolding across the country. In January 2010, Curry was one of the first reporters in Haiti after the debilitating earthquake that hit that country. Twitter named Curry’s message calling for the Air Force to allow physicians to land in Haiti to administer aid to the injured, the #1 tweet in 2010. In February 2010, she traveled to Chile after that country’s massive earthquake, and in August of 2010, Curry reported live from Islamabad, Pakistan, covering the massive flooding devastation. While in the region, she interviewed Sen. John Kerry. In July 2006, Curry reported on the Israel-Lebanon war, and she was one of the only American reporters to file stories on both sides of the conflict from Beruit and Northern Israel.

In the summer of 2005, Curry traveled with first lady Laura Bush throughout Africa to examine the continent’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, women's rights and education. She was the first network news anchor to report from inside the tsunami zone in Southeast Asia, filing reports from Sri Lanka for all NBC News and MSNBC programming. As part of TODAY’s unprecedented Ends of the Earth series, Curry has extensively examined the effects of climate change, traveling to Antarctica and the South Pole in November 2007, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in November 2008.  Curry traveled with TODAY to Beijing in 2008 for the Summer Olympics and to Vancouver in 2010 to cover the Winter Olympics. She also traveled to London for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Slideshow: Ann Curry’s distinguished career at NBC News (on this page)

In the first two weeks following the attacks of September 11, Curry reported live from Ground Zero every day. When the United States bombed Al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan in November 2001, she reported extensively from the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, and landed the first exclusive interview with the war’s military commander, General Tommy Franks.  Curry reported from Baghdad in the weeks leading up to the war in Iraq, and then from the USS Constellation as the war began, interviewing fighter pilots who flew the first wave of bombing runs over Iraq. She also filed reports from inside Iraq, from Qatar, and Kuwait during the first weeks of the war.

Curry first joined NBC News in August 1990 as a Chicago-based correspondent.  In 1992 she was named anchor of “NBC News at Sunrise.” She later helped launch MSNBC and then became news anchor at TODAY. Before coming to NBC, Curry was a reporter for KCBS in Los Angeles. In 1981, she was a reporter and anchor for KGW, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore. Curry began her broadcasting career as an intern in 1978 at KTVL, in Medford, Ore., near her hometown, rising to become that station's first female news reporter.

Curry has earned seven Emmy Awards, four Golden Mikes, several Associated Press Certificates of Excellence, three Gracie Awards, a Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, and an award for Excellence in Reporting from the NAACP. In June 2007, Curry was honored with the Simon Wiesenthal Medal of Valor for her extensive reporting in Darfur. She has been awarded 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.

Follow Ann on Twitter at @anncurry.

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Photos: Ann Curry’s distinguished career at NBC News

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  1. Ann Curry has made waves for her compassionate reporting and humanitarianism, covering stories of hope and anguish around the world. Take a look back at some highlights from her distinguished career at NBC News.

    In the photo, Ann talks with George Clooney about his recent trip to Sudan where he witnessed firsthand the atrocious war crimes taking place against the people of the Nuba Mountains. (Lisa Berg / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Ann started 2012's Valentine's Day with a red coat. She surprised viewers when she threw her coat open to reveal a fab black frock emblazoned with the word "LOVE." (TODAY) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A bird surprises Ann during a segment with Julie Scardina on TODAY. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Al, Ann, Natalie and Savannah stand with Deion Sanders for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012. Our anchors broadcasted live from Indianapolis to kick off the big game. (Paul Drinkwater / Paul Drinkwater/NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ann stands with previous TODAY anchors Deborah Norville, far left, Katie Couric, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, and Natalie Morales during TODAYs 60th anniversary on Jan 13, 2012. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. TODAY hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry dress up as Prince William and Kate Middleton to recreate the royal wedding for the 2011 Halloween Celebration on the plaza. (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Ann Curry interviews President Barack Obama in Durham, N.C., June 2011. He addressed concerns over the debt ceiling negotiations, the Rep. Anthony Weiner scandal and how he's feeling about a second term. (Pete Souza / The White House) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. TODAY co-host Matt Lauer congratulates Ann Curry on her first day at the anchor desk on June 9, 2011. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. TODAY co-hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales say goodbye to Meredith Vieira during her last show on June 8, 2011. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Ann share a light moment with reporters during a May 9, 2011 press conference that followed the announcement that Ann would take Meredith's place as TODAY co-anchor. Meredith revealed that she would leave the show in June 2011. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Here, Ann and Matt Lauer report from London for the nuptials of the century as Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. (Mark Allan / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Ann, along with the other anchors, showed off her performance skills for the TODAY Goes Viral series. The anchors remade videos that were YouTube hits, singing an a cappella version of “Dynamite” and grooving to the Black Eyed Peas' song “I’ve Gotta Feeling.” (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Charity is very important to Ann. "I think that we have an obligation to do what we can to ease suffering," she said. Over the years, she has supported several causes, including breast cancer research, bringing aid to disaster areas and helping an AIDS orphanage in Botswana.

    Here, she's a lady in red at the Heart Truth Fall 2011 fashion show in New York City to raise awareness about the impact of heart disease on women. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Ann has reported extensively fron Darfur, Sudan, traveling there five times to shed light on violence and ethnic cleansing in the area. During her latest trip in 2010, Ann joined George Clooney on a trek through the country as the actor worked to raise awareness of the conflict. (Tim Freccia / The Enough Project via NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Dalai Lama sat down with Ann for his first live on-set interview on a morning news show in May 2010. Ann has spoken to the distinguished religious icon three times. Here, he presents her with a gleaming white silk scarf. (Virginia Sherwood / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. During times of crisis, Ann is able to provide insightful, extensive reporting, as she did from Haiti in January 2010. She was one of the first reporters in Haiti after the debilitating earthquake that hit that country. A tweet she sent helped convince the Air Force to allow physicians to land in Haiti to administer aid to the injured. Twitter named her message the No. 1 tweet in 2010. (Subrata De / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Not one to shy away from controversy, Ann travelled to Iran for an exclusive interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The 2009 interview was his first since Iranian elections and subsequent violent unrest in the country. In the wide-ranging discussion, Ann probed him about Iran’s nuclear program, his thoughts on President Obama and the legitimacy of his own presidency. (NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Ann has interviewed politicians from around the world, getting them to answer tough questions. In 2009, she sat down with former President Bill Clinton, asking him whether he should take any blame for the financial crisis. (Virginia Sherwood / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Ann nabs exclusives with people who are making news at the moment. Here, she sits down with Nadya Suleman in 2009 for her first interview after giving birth to octuplets. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. From singing about lunch with a flash mob to doing a stand-up routine about her family, Ann proves she also knows how to have a good time. Here, Ann and Meredith take a break to have some fun on Rockefeller Plaza. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. How does Ann balance her work and family? By taking time for her passion: photography. Over the years, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist David Turnley has been a mentor to Ann, helping her develop her talent. "All of us can find peace even in the chaos of our own lives if we can find that one thing we care so much about that it helps us breathe more deeply," Ann explained. "For me, it’s taking pictures." (Charles Dharapak / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Of the many world leaders Ann has interviewed, her sit-down with Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto just two months before her assasination was perhaps one of the most memorable. Ann also talked to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in his first-ever interview with an American news organization (Virginia Sherwood / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Ann’s tenacious reporting has earned her a myriad of prestigious awards and recognition, including five Emmy Awards, an Excellence in Reporting award from the NAACP and several Associated Press Certificates of Excellence. Here, Ann accepts the Simon Wiesenthal Medal of Valor in 2007 for her extensive reporting in Darfur, Sudan. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Ann has gotten exclusive interviews with some of the world's biggest celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, who has spoken with Ann several times. In April 2006, Ann traveled to Namibia to interview Jolie, Brad Pitt and their two adopted children. The star couple were there to raise money for children's education in poor nations. (Christian Martin / NBC News via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Showing off her playful side, Ann sings “Proud Mary” as Tina Turner in 2004 during TODAY’s spooktacular Halloween extravaganza. Through the years she’s been many memorable characters, including Cher, Cinderella, Amelia Earhart and a very convincing Audrey Hepburn. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Ann has often spoken about how dearly she holds her role as a mother to her two children, McKenzie and William. She also waxes poetic about her handsome husband Brian Ross, who she met while in college. Here, the family is pictured at the premiere of “The Bad News Bears” in New York in 2005. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Alongside then-first lady Laura Bush in 2005, Ann traveled throughout Africa for an in-depth look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic, women's rights and education. Here, Ann interviews Bush in a classroom at the Philani training and learning center near Capetown, South Africa. (Charles Ommanney / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Ann's got Olympic spirit! She has reported from several of the Games, including Beijing in 2008 and Vancouver in 2010. Here, she carries the torch during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay in New York City. (Todd Warshaw / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Nearly two decades after starting her broadcasting career as an intern at an Oregon station, Ann officially joined TODAY in 1997, working side by side with Matt Lauer as a news anchor. Oh, how time flies! Ann has been part of the family for 14 years. (Evan Kafka / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Ann took part in TODAY’s antics even before she was an official member of the family. In 1992, while anchoring NBC News at Sunrise, she stopped by to wish Bryant Gumbel a happy 44th birthday. Ann went on to anchor Dateline and has subbed in as an anchor on NBC Nightly News. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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