By Pamela Burke/June 28, 2012
It was a moving speech from Ann Curry that closed her era as the TODAY Show co-host today. As she said her good-byes, she tried to stifle the tears of emotion after these many weeks of speculation about her future. Apparent in her parting remarks was her passion for the dream job she had at NBC, but it was the viewers who were most important to her. They were her real love. Just showing them the world through her stories and adventures was Ann’s main goal.
In this video, you can follow her journey to TODAY from interning at a small television station in Medford, Oregon where she became its first female reporter. It will give you an idea about how committed she is to her chosen profession.
The good news is that she will get to continue her role as a national and international journalist. After 15 years on TODAY, she announced that NBC is making her a correspondent-at-large to cover the world with a team of her own and the network’s platforms to display their efforts.
What a challenging and unique opportunity for her to continue her relentless search for journalism that matters. As she has said, “It’s a time when this country needs great clarity.”
This fearless reporter has jumped off bridges and out of planes as well as reported from faraway places like the South Pole and Mount Kilimanjaro. Although this must be a big psychological change for her, the new role could give her access to stories she might not have been able to tackle from behind a co-host desk.
In a recent Ladies Home Journal cover story, she talks about her love of television news. She says, “I’m in this business because I want to have a life of value. For me that means giving people information that can give them a better life.”
We wish her great luck, and we wanted include one of her moving stories from Africa where she travelled deep into Darfur in February with Ryan Boyette, a documentarian. There she witnessed the horror of children living in caves and refugee camps where women were trying to find food and weeping from falling bombs.
In the following video from forbes.com, Ann explains her loyalty to her followers and shows her determination to do a good job covering the news.
Bravo, Ann, for your commitment. We say, “Onward.” Bring us more stories with your keen eye for the human condition. We’re looking forward to your next report.