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Ann Curry’s distinguished career at NBC News
From interviewing world leaders and celebrities to reporting stories of both hope and anguish across the globe, Ann Curry has done it all during her years at NBC News. Revisit some of the most colorful highlights of her career.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.