Monday, May 24, 2010
Ann Now For The News
Ann Curry is our "really? a National Journalism Award, really?" hero! Ann Curry (born November 19, 1956) didn't go to Wheaton College in Illinois, but is an American television news journalist and news anchor on NBC's morning television program Today since May 1997 and host of Dateline NBC since May 2005. Along with Lester Holt, she is the primary substitute for Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News. Curry was raised in Ashland, Oregon, where she graduated from Ashland High School. In 1978, she graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Ann is married to software executive Brian Ross whom she met in college. They have a daughter, McKenzie, and a son, Walker Ross. The family lives in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City.
Curry is known for her international reporting of major stories, filing stories from places such as Baghdad, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Albania, and Darfur. Curry reported from the USS Theodore Roosevelt during the invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001, and had an exclusive interview with General Tommy Franks. She reported from Baghdad in early 2003, and then from the USS Constellation as the war in Iraq began. Ann was also the first network news anchor to report from inside the Southeast Asian tsunami zone in late 2004. Curry has been known at NBC News for anchoring three of the four major broadcasts. She has read the news on The Today Show since 1997, she has anchored Dateline NBC since 2005, and has been the primary substitute on NBC Nightly News since 2007 after Lester Holt took over weekend editions.
The crowd at Saturday's Wheaton College Massachusetts commencement may have wondered that while listening to Ann Curry's speech to grads. The "Today" show anchor gave a shout-out to a few distinguished Wheaton alums, including; evangelist Billy Graham, horror director Wes Craven, and 9/11 hero Todd Beamer, who was a passenger on United Airlines flight 93.
"She gave a great speech," said Wheaton College Massachusetts spokesman Michael Graca. "She went out of her way to meet with students before her speech and to get information about the college."
Oops - Nice reporting Ann. I think I'll watch the Today program with a new note of skepticism. Plus, do you really think any college wants to take credit for Wes Cravens, come on Ann wake-up.
OK, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THIS COUNTRY AIN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR 2 WHEATON COLLEGES. I'M SICK AND TIRED OF EXPLAINING THAT EVERYTIME I HAVE A JOB INTERVIEW.
I declare a challenge to Wheaton College of Massachusetts! We challenge your best & brightest 5 students to a Bible sword drill to be held on the TODAY show at 8:30am EST, September 11th, 2010. Make it happen Hot Curry!
(HT NOMINATION: M.H.)