On Thursday morning, Ann Curry teared up as she announced her departure from the Today Show. After having finished only one year of her three year contract, Curry will leave her post as co-host but will continue working at NBC.
After 14 years of working as newscaster on the Today Show, she became an anchor last year. Now she will work with her own seven-person unit, which will cover major international news stories. She will also produce network specials and pieces for NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Rock Center, and even Today.
NBC is making a mistake. Curry doesn't have the warmth and charisma of Katie Couric, but Curry brought important international coverage to morning show viewers. She sounds like a rockstar when she reports in her low throaty voice on global issues that frankly more Americans need to know about.
Here are 9 of her greatest moments on NBC:
1) May 21, 2010. She brought the Dalai Lama to his first morning show appearance.
2) January 21, 2011. She interviews Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and gets the Today Show to sneak in a camera into her country for footage.
3) November 15, 2008. She climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro.
4) September 18, 2009. She was the first to interview Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, after his hotly contested elections that year. She asked if he “stole” the election and what he thought about the highly publicized death of Neda Agha-Soltan.
5) September 15, 2011. She interviewed Ahmadinejad again. Media outlets criticized her for framing him as a “hard worker,” but she did what she could with the man who has hounded foreign journalists for years. She pressed him on his nuclear policy, calling him out on not saying “no” to nuclear weapons. He told her to take what she will from that.
6) June 9, 2011. She began her role as Today's co-host, telling the world she was filling in “for nobody this morning - just me, myself, and I.
7) February 26, 2012. She reported on the bombings and killings of south sudanese in the Nuba Mountains in South Sudan, bringing news of the “new Darfur” to morning television.
8) December 17, 2007. She bungee jumps from the Middlesbrough Bridge in England, raising $10,000 for charity.
9) October 8, 2008. She performs stand-up comedy, conquering one of her biggest fears.