Ann Curry's Career in Pictures

Veteran NBC reporter Ann Curry tearfully announced her departure from her role as co-host of the "Today" show this morning. Click to see more of Ann Curry through the years.

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Veteran NBC reporter Ann Curry tearfully announced her departure from her role as co-host of the "Today" show this morning. Click to see more of Ann Curry through the years.
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Curry's new role will have her traipsing the globe once again to cover major news stories such as the civil uprising in Syria and the political concerns of women in Egypt.
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It was just over a year ago, on June 9, 2011, that Ann Curry officially took over Meredith Vieira's coveted spot as co-anchor of the "Today" show, the top-rated morning news show and NBC's most profitable program.
Vieira was still considered the "newbie" on the "Today" show when she was picked to co-host in 2006. Curry, meanwhile, was well established as a globe-trotting reporter, filing stories from Pakistan, Baghdad, Sri Lanka, and Darfur.
EMPTY_CAPTION"I feel like the high school computer nerd who has just been asked to the prom by the quarterback of the football team," Curry said of being chosen to co-host "Today" alongside NBC's golden boy Matt Lauer.
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As a child, Curry lived in Japan for several years, later moving to Oregon and graduating with a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon. Here, former "Today" co-host Bryant Gumbel is presented a surprise birthday cake from Curry, minus the traditional candles, on the air on September 29, 1992.
In 2006, Curry reported from Beirut on the Lebanon War, where Israeli air strikes wreaked havoc. She has received three Emmy awards for her news coverage, including one for covering the 1987 Los Angeles earthquake and another for her coverage during the Darfur crisis.
In March 2006, co-anchor Katie Couric cut Curry's hair for the Locks of Love charity...
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... and later that year, Curry interviewed Oprah Winfrey in New York's Broadway Theater for "Dateline NBC." Winfrey talked about spirituality, the future, her thoughts about her fame and fortune, and how "The Color Purple" transformed her life.
Curry is also an accomplished photographer. Her photos have been featured in multiple exhibits, including "Exposing Darfur," at the Washington School of Photography, and "Empathy," at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. She told the Palm Beach Post, "My travels have convinced me that no human being is really foreign to another."
Curry traveled to Mount Kilimanjaro in November of 2008 to document the dramatic retreat of the mountain's glaciers as part of the "Today" show's globe-spanning Ends of the Earth special report.
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Curry was the first to interview Nadya Suleman, aka "Octomom," after she gave birth in 2009. The single mom received intense media scrutiny as it appeared that she did not have an immediate source of income to take care of her children — 14 in all.
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Curry in Chad, February 2009. She is quoted as saying, "We have so much in common; the truth is we are surrounded by our sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, each life precious. It is time for us to stand up against the suffering caused by genocide, war and ignorance. If we care enough about our human family, we can change the future."
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This photo was taken by Curry, and it reveals intimately the intense suffering in Sudan's battered Darfur.
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Curry with refugees in Darfur. From her Twitter: “In one refugee camp a boy sits down before me, his eyes full of suffering. Around his neck, the amulets that are supposed to protect him.“
Revealing the show's lighter touch, "Today" Halloween episodes are always an occasion for elaborate costumes and viewers eagerly anticipate each year's theme. In 2009, Curry dressed as Darth Vader from "Star Wars"
Curry and George Clooney traveled to Sudan in 2010, after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir on counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He was eventually charged with genocide.
Curry said of the trip, “Clooney, who helped tell Americans what was happening in Darfur, puts it this way, ‘If you knew a tsunami, or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?’”
EMPTY_CAPTION"As the war drums sound, my job is to give voice to people who are rarely if ever heard by the outside world," Curry wrote in a blog post at the time. "And while I am wary of the dangers, I know I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing right now."
EMPTY_CAPTION"For what may be the first time in history, our cameras aimed to document a war of potential atrocities, possibly even genocide, as it unfolded in real time," Curry told Dateline NBC.
Here, Curry speaks with former first lady Laura Bush about her book, "Spoken From the Heart," on the "Today" show.
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