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.
Journalist Ann Curry, a vanguard for women, honored with the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement award for her dedication to reporting the truth
Seven-time Emmy Award-winning journalist ANN CURRY has been awarded the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award for her dedication to giving people caught in wars and humanitarian disasters a chance to be heard. In a career spanning more than three decades, Curry has become a trusted name in journalism. She has been a news anchor and national and international correspondent traveling the world for NBC News, a producer and reporter for the PBS docu-series We’ll Meet Again, and a producer and anchor of the TNT/TBS medical program Chasing the Cure, and has become renowned for her defense of the truth in journalism. As Curry said in her powerful TED Talk How to restore trust in Journalism, “rarely is the truth one-sided; it tends to be nuanced.” In a compelling talk with students as part of the 46th annual Murrow Symposium, Curry shared what she believes are the most vital parts of the job: serving others by amplifying underrepresented voices and informing others for the public good. Curry brings the same passion, insight, and inspiration she's known for as a reporter to events with groups like Colgate University and the prestigious Davos Global leadership Summit, providing audiences with a thought-provoking and captivating perspective on the world.
Curry regularly receives rave reviews such as: "The event went very well and Ann was a 'BIG' hit; receiving a standing ovation from the group after her inspiring speech. She was most gracious" (Volunteers of America, Oregon); "As evidenced by your standing ovations at the luncheon, you were fantastic! The event was a tremendous fundraising success" (YMCA Hartford Region); and "The event was a total success, due in large part to Ann Curry – she was warm, humorous, and intelligent and her speech captivated our audience. We are going to have a tough time topping her for next year... " (Hospital Hospitality House).
Ann Curry is a passionate advocate for the environment
Emmy Award-Winning journalist ANN CURRY reported extensively on the links between extreme weather and climate change. From documenting glacial melts in the Arctic, Antarctica, and on Mount Kilmanjaro, to the deepening droughts in the American West-- Curry brings remarkable first-hand accounts and research to the climate change conversation. She has interviewed scientists and indigenous populations in the regions of her reporting, bringing to light a remarkable diversity of viewpoints. On Earth Day she addressed hundreds of students at Colgate University, sharing insights on the climate crisis and the future of journalism. Known for her passion, and ability to connect with her audience, Curry receives praise such as: "I continue to receive wonderful feedback...We all were touched by your genuine interest, your insights, compassion for others... Your message was inspirational and continues to remind me that there are people in the world who care about the things in life that really do matter..." (Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc.)
Ann Curry's powerful TEDTalk on journalism today: "How to restore trust in Journalism"
Emmy Award-winning journalist ANN CURRY delivered a compelling, crucial, and passionate TEDTalk on the state of journalism and how the credibility of the profession is at stake. Highlighting the weaponization of information that is being used to divide people worldwide, Curry shared how people are yearning for journalism they can trust and how the media can rise to meet this call. Drawing on her tremendous breadth of experience as a former national and international correspondent, Curry revealed how the best journalism reveals truth, which in turn generates trust, fosters understanding, and leads to a humanity that has the power to unite us all.
Curry quickly rose to global prominence thanks to her high-profile interviews and in-depth coverage of natural disasters and active war zones, and her reporting is a testament to the power of journalism to connect us all. Curry brings the same passion, insight, and inspiration to each of her engagements, providing audiences with a thought-provoking and utterly captivating perspective on the world. Her recent rave reviews include: "Her passion and emotion brought tremendous encouragement and delight to all who heard her speech, and they rose to their feet in applause. Her message supports our mission and will continue to inspire us to accept the challenge of reaching our goals..." (Girls Scouts of the USA); "The event was a total success, due in large part to Ann Curry – she was warm, humorous, and intelligent and her speech captivated our audience. We are going to have a tough time topping her for next year..." (Hospital Hospitality House)Watch Ann Curry's TedTalk >>
Award-winning journalist Ann Curry, a former NBC Network news 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, (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, Pakistan, and more.
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, Vice-President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton as well as First Lady Laura Bush, Jill Biden, Ukraine’s first Lady Olena Zelenska, UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-moon and António Gutteres, the Dalai Lama, Sir Edmund Hillary, George Clooney, Maya Angelou, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among many others.
She has also reported and executive produced a twelve-hour documentary series about transformative world events for PBS, We’ll Meet Again, and anchored and executive produced a groundbreaking live series with Lionsgate about medical care in America, Chasing the Cure, which connected long-suffering patients with top physicians nationwide and led to breakthrough diagnoses that changed lives.
She has written for National Geographic Magazine about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the Dalai Lama, taught journalism ethics and war and humanitarian reporting as a fellow at American University and speaks regularly, including a TedTalk about trust, compassion, and journalism.
Ann has won numerous awards for journalism, including 7 national news Emmys and many Edward R. Murrow awards, Gracie Allen Awards, and National Headliner Awards. The NAACP has honored her with an Excellence in Reporting award. Women in Communications has awarded her a Matrix. The Centre for Responsible Leadership honored her for Truth in Media. In 2022, she was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award. Ann has also been given numerous humanitarian awards, including from Refugees International, Americares, Save the Children, and most recently, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship. An award she especially prizes is a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center for her dedication to reporting about genocide.