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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.

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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.

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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."

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A bird surprises Ann during a segment with Julie Scardina on TODAY.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TODAY co-host Matt Lauer congratulates Ann Curry on her first day at the anchor desk on June 9, 2011.

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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.

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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.

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Here, Ann and Matt Lauer report from London for the nuptials of the century as Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Paramount Premiere Of "The Bad News Bears"

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.

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KHAYELITSHA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 12: US First Lady Laura Bush takes part in an interview with Anne Curry of NBC for the Today show in a classroom at the Philani training and learning center July 12, 2005 in Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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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.

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NBC-TV  "Today Show" co-host Bryant Gumbel is presented a suprise birthday cake, minus the traditional candles, on the air September 29, 1992  in New York from news anchor Ann Curry.   Co-host Katie Couric, right, watches.   Gumbel is turning 44.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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.

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