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Ann Curry Fights for Journalism

July 5, 2012

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Curry covering the 2009 Commander in Chief's Ball, with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen.
Curry covering the 2009 Commander in Chief's Ball, with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen.

Ann Curry won't let her departure as co-anchor of NBC's "Today" show steer her away from her first love -- journalism.

Curry will become "Today" show anchor-at-large and NBC News national/international correspondent. Despite the move being out of her control, she continues to advocate a journalist's duty.

"I have loved you and have wanted to give you the world. And I still do," Curry said during her farewell episode.

Curry, 55, began her broadcasting career in 1978 as an intern at then NBC affiliate (now CBS affiliate) KTVL in Medford, Ore., after graduating from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism. Eventually, she went on to become the first female news reporter for KGW in Portland.

Later, she moved to Los Angeles to work for KCBS-TV from 1984 to 1990 -- a gig that garnered her two Emmy Awards. Next, Curry was hired at NBC in 1990 -- a broadcasting company she would stick with to this day.

In 2011, she began co-anchoring "Today," but about a year later, NBC executives announced they would replace Curry with Savannah Guthrie as Matt Lauer's co-host.

However, with Curry's track record and admitted love for her profession, the world will see a lot more of the journalist.

On May 12, Curry tweeted this photo at a New York subway station and wrote: "Thinking like trains, old media might survive, if it remembers its purpose is to serve people."

Just this week she responded to University of Oregon student Neil Kirkpatrick (@nkirkpatrick91) on Twitter, who wrote: "@AnnCurry I'm a student at the #sojc. You're an inspiration."

Curry wrote back to him and said: "@nkirkpatrick91 then study hard. This world needs great journalists."

NBC is experiencing some backlash over their decision to replace Curry. Fans of the journalist have written messages on the "Today" show's Facebook page, such as:

"The TV is off in our house .. boycotting."

"Yeah GMA was good this morning. Today show who??"

"No more TODAY SHOW. Why couldn't have been handled better?why couldn't NBC have HYPED it as "Ann is being promoted to a bigger and better positionn.?" Some of the TOP BRASS @ NBC NEEDS TO ALSO BE CANNED. Absolutely NO CLASS in this demotion of Ann Curry. Any person deserves BETTER than this."

"How about we all stop making negative comments about possible new anchors and just praise Ann for being the better person in this situation. We all know she was treated unfairly, but are we any better when we make mean comments about possible replacements. Make your voice heard by switching to GMA and unliking the Today Show. The show will implode sooner or later."

And simply, "I miss Ann..."

Related story: "'Grateful' Ann Curry Steps Away at 'Today'"

Jim Bell, "Today" executive producer, had this to say about Curry upon her leaving the show, according to "I know of only one journalist who in just a matter of years has travelled to Sudan six times, broken exclusive world news with top world leaders, and broadcast live from both the South Pole and Mount Kilimanjaro.

"Ann has quite literally reached amazing heights in her career, and with this new role, she will continue her intrepid climb bringing viewers her signature brand of humanitarian reporting," he added.

Below in the YouTube video titled "#140conf NYC 2011: Ann Curry, 'Journalism in the State of Now,'" Curry explores social media and its power.

"What I love is to gather important information and send it out to people in a way that's useful. I want to be a force for good. And I know knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have, according to studies, you live longer, you make better choices, and it's about loving you," she said. "That has been my motivation for years, to put myself out there on live television ... so that you can have the possibility of helping people."

Watch the video below:

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