NBC Today Show anchor and Oregon native Ann Curry discusses her news career on November 5 at Reed College
PORTLAND, OR (October 6, 2005) – Today Show news anchor and Oregon native Ann Curry will speak about her experiences in journalism at noon on Saturday, November 5 in Kaul Auditorium at Reed College. Curry is the final speaker in the Reed College Women's Committee (RCWC) Forum 2005 entitled "Media: Our Link to the World."
Tickets are available for Linda Wertheimer on October 20 and Ann Curry on November 5 by calling 503/777-7787 or visiting web.reed.edu/womenscommittee/forum.html. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Student tickets are $5 with a student ID (Reed College students are free). All proceeds benefit the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship Fund.
Ann Curry has been the news anchor for NBC News' Today since March 1997. She is also a contributing reporter for Dateline NBC, and is a substitute anchor for the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News. She is a four-time winner of the Golden Mike award. In addition, she has received several Associated Press Certificates of Excellence and won a NAACP Award for Excellence in Reporting.
Growing up in Ashland, Oregon, the child of a Japanese mother and Anglo father, Curry would go on to graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 1978. She began her broadcasting career at Medford, Oregon's NBC affiliate KTVL, where she served as a news reporter from 1978 to 1981. She was promoted to the Portland station KGW, where she worked from 1981 to 1984.
She moved on to Los Angeles and KCBS where she earned Emmys for her coverage of the 1987 Los Angeles earthquake and a San Bernardino gas pipeline explosion. From there she became the anchor or the NBC morning show News at Sunrise from 1991 to 1996, before becoming the Today Show news anchor in 1997.
Immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Curry reported extensively from "ground zero" at the World Trade Center site, interviewing firefighters, local officials, emergency workers and victims of the attack. She followed that assignment up in November 2001 with a trip aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt stationed in the Arabian Sea, during a week, which culminated in an exclusive interview with General Tommy Franks at Ramstein Air Force Base.
As a correspondent for Dateline NBC, Curry scored an exclusive interview with the parents of the Iowa septuplets in 1997. Curry was the only reporter who was allowed full access into the hospital, the community and the McCaughey family. Since then, she has conducted follow-up interviews each year, updating viewers on the children's progress. Curry also traveled to the Balkans in April 1999 to report on the humanitarian refugee crisis in Kosovo. She was the first network news anchor on the scene, filing reports from Albania and Macedonia.
Most recently, Curry has covered the aftermath and recovery from Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.
Forum 2005 "Media: Our Link to the World"
From September 6 through November 5, the RCWC Forum 2005 has featured major media figures, including documentary filmmaker Sandy Northrop, war reporter David Lamb radio show hosts The Satellite Sisters, National Public Radio correspondent Linda Wertheimer (October 20), and Today Show news anchor Ann Curry (November 5) to share their experiences and their insights into the world of the media.
Reed College Women's Committee
The proceeds of Forum 2005 support the Reed College Women's Committee Scholarship Fund, established to enhance Reed's diversity and to benefit women with financial need who face access challenges to education, such as returning to college after a long absence, child rearing, or physical challenges, or who meet similar criteria.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2006, the Reed College Women's Committee was founded in 1956 as an educational and social liaison between the college and the community. The mission of the committee includes enlarging and enhancing the reputation of Reed College in the community; raising funds for additional educational opportunities at Reed College; providing the public with stimulating and intellectual activities; and developing a continuing and ever-increasing circle of friends for Reed College.
To learn more about the committee or membership, contact Dawn Thompson in the Reed College Relations Office at 503/777-7587.
For further media information or to receive images from Forum 2005, please contact Beth Sorensen, office of public affairs, at 503/777-7574 or at email@example.com.