Award-winning journalist and photojournalist Ann Curry, a former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent, has reported on conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Serbia, Lebanon, and Israel; on nuclear tensions from North Korea and Iran and on numerous humanitarian disasters, including the tsunamis in Southeast Asia and Japan, and the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where her appeal via Twitter (@AnnCurry) is credited for helping to speed the arrival of humanitarian planes.
She has contributed groundbreaking journalism on Climate Change, interviewing scientists and native peoples, documenting glacial melt in the Arctic, the Antarctic (where she spent time inside an expedition hut left by Shackleton) and on Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as documenting the deepening drought in the American West. Ann is also known for her focused reporting from inside Iran, giving voice to its women, human rights activists and young people, including Green Revolution activists. She also first broke the news of Iran's interest in negotiating a nuclear agreement with the outside world.
For her stories Ann has also traveled to the South Pole, (from where she delivered the first live network news report to an American audience,) South Africa and Botswana, (where she tracked the AIDS epidemic,) Somalia and Kenya, (where she documented Al Qaeda's link to Al Shabaab terrorists,) as well to Syria, Chad, Liberia and Pakistan, among other places.
Ann has conducted a long list of exclusive and news-breaking interviews, which have included Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, President Ahmadinejad, President Khatami and Foreign Minister Zarif; Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and First Lady Asma al-Assad; Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto, President Ali Zadari and President Musharraf; Turkey's President Erdogan; Saddam Hussein's close advisor and Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, Sudan's President Omar Bashir and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir; Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Chad's President Idriss Deby; as well as U.S. Presidents George Prescott Bush, Bill Clinton, George Walker Bush and Barack Obama and U.S. Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton and First Lady Laura Bush, the Dalai Lama, Sir Edmund Hillary, George Clooney, Maya Angelou, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among many others.
She also reported and executive produced a twelve-hour documentary series on PBS, called “We’ll Meet Again,” about people caught in transformative world events including, the World War II, the Holocaust, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the Civil Rights movement.
She is currently a featured writer for National Geographic Magazine and is also the anchor and executive producer of the upcoming live series, “Chasing the Cure,” on the Turner Network, an initiative to connect misdiagnosed and undiagnosed patients with top doctors worldwide.
Ann has won 7 national news Emmys and numerous Edward R. Murrow awards, Gracie Allen Awards and National Headliner Awards. The NAACP has honored her an Excellence in Reporting award. Women in Communications has awarded her a Matrix. Ann has also been given numerous humanitarian awards, including from Refugees International, Americares and Save the Children. The award which she personally prizes most is a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center for her dedication to reporting about genocide.
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