An Evening with Ann Curry: Being a Tour de Force of Determination and Making a Difference in the World
Ann Curry knows how to paint a picture of what determination looks like and feels like, because she fought her way to the top and she does not take any lesson for granted. From her years as a hotel maid to the trials and tribulations of starting in news when women were not given the same platform as men, to traveling to war torn corners of the world to report on the lives and deaths of the innocent, to becoming a mother and forever continuing to honor her own mother who taught her the meaning of determination, Ann Curry will share stories that will invigorate your audience to be fearless and inspire them to lead a passionate and bold life.
Ann Curry’s visit to HWA is filled with powerful lessons on world affairs, journalism, and human connection
Emmy Award-winning journalist ANN CURRY stopped by the Harry Walker Agency to share updates on her latest projects and a powerful message on what people need to be reminded of in these politically divisive times. A former national and international correspondent for NBC, Curry revealed how her experiences covering war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa help inform her outlook today and dedication to continue unearthing stories of human resilience and generosity even in the direst of circumstances. Her new PBS series We’ll Meet Again—for which Curry serves as a reporter and co-executive producer— is an example of exactly this kind of journalism, and reveals the human side of major world events such as the Vietnam War, 9/11, and Japanese internment during WWII. Engaging HWA’s staff with powerful anecdotes about the incredible people she’s spoken with over the years, Curry also provided crucial insights into journalism today and what can be done to address the public’s growing lack of trust in the press. Curry emphasized the need for integrity, humility and judgement in journalism, as well as what is lost when we fail to take time to listen to the other side. “Human beings are only because of each other,” Curry said, “… We’re different only because of our ideas.”
Ann Curry debuts powerful new PBS series: We'll Meet Again
Award-winning journalist ANN CURRY is the Executive Producer and reporter behind PBS's We'll Meet Again, a new series that features dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed, and then separated, at pivotal moments. Emphasizing the resilience, kindness and strength of the human spirit, We'll Meet Again reveals the human side of world changing events like the Vietnam War, 9/11, and the internment of the Japanese during World War II. In interviews with the series’ subjects, Curry beautifully draws out the power of human connection and reminds us of our overriding similarities even during divisive times. The series is already making headlines in outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, and Curry was recently sought-out for an interview on CBS’ This Morning in which she opened up about the production of We’ll Meet Again and shared insightful remarks about the need to achieve true gender equality. It’s a message Curry echoed in her recent exclusive interview with Forbes, in which she called for more women in leadership positions. On screen, Curry showcases the same passion, breadth of knowledge, and generosity of spirit she is heralded for by audiences at events. With an uncanny ability to bring current events and history to life through impactful, human-focused stories that resonate, Curry illuminates how people might take a stand or make a difference in their own lives.
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Ann Curry captivates sold-out crowd at mega-event Tapestry: A Day for You
Award-winning journalist and acclaimed news anchor ANN CURRY wowed a sold-out crowd of over 1,500 attendees as the keynote speaker at Tapestry: A Day for You. In her moving remarks, Curry drew on her experience as a war correspondent in Syria, Darfur, Serbia and Iraq to share lessons on journalism, women’s empowerment, humanitarianism and more. Her insightful professional stories were balanced with plenty of humor and personal anecdotes from her upbringing on learning the art of compassion. Curry’s passionate and informative speech was followed by a Q&A session, and she also signed autographs, shaking hands and interacting with countless enthusiastic attendees. Throughout the conference the tweets of praise came rolling in: Such an honor to meet @AnnCurry today! So inspiring, wise, & genuine; @AnnCurry you're the most remarkable individual I've ever met. Thank you for being a beautiful soul, and sharing your work; @AnnCurry Saw you at Tapestry today and was truly inspired. Thank you for being you!!
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Ann Curry moves fundraiser audience with her compassionate storytelling
Addressing an audience of 800 business leaders, philanthropists, and board members at the Tidwell Hospice Signature Luncheon, esteemed news anchor ANN CURRY struck a chord sharing her professional experiences as a journalist as well as stories about caring for her parents. A seven-time Emmy award-winner, Curry seamlessly integrated her journalistic insights with more personal anecdotes, winning over a rapt audience who tweeted throughout the event. “An amazing storyteller- Ann Curry- wove a tale of compassion and caring at Tidwell Hospice’s eighth annual Signature Luncheon”; “@AnnCurry you are a pure joy. Thank you for sharing your story and the importance of compassion @tidewellhospice. You were WONDERFUL!”; “I so miss you Ann! A voice of reason that we need so badly these days! You're one in a million!” Taking the time to sit for an interview with Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune, Curry commented on the state of journalism today and the need to push hard to find the facts. As the Herald-Tribune wrote, “Ann Curry remains a storyteller at heart.”Watch Curry’s full interview following the event >>
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Award-winning journalist and photojournalist Ann Curry is the current Executive Producer and reporter of "We'll Meet Again," a PBS series that features reunions of people whose lives crossed, and then separated, at pivotal moments and during world-changing events, A former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent, Curry has covered the wars in Syria, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Serbia, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan and Iraq, reported on nuclear tensions from North Korea and Iran. She has also reported humanitarian disasters, including the tsunamis in Japan and Southeast Asia, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where her appeal via Twitter (@AnnCurry) is credited for helping to speed the arrival of humanitarian planes. She is also the force behind groundbreaking prime time hours on Climate Change, poverty in America and Iran.
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; 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 H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George Walker Bush and Barack Obama as well as Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton and First Lady Laura Bush, the Dalai Lama, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Elie Wiesel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among others.
Ann has won 7 national news Emmys and numerous Edward R. Murrow awards, Gracie Allen Awards, National Headliner Awards. The Naacp has honored her with 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, Save the Children, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which awarded her a Medal of Valor, for her dedication to reporting about genocide.