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Meredith Vieira is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist and the current co-anchor of The Today Show.
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Among her early assignments were the 1980 Republication National Convention in Detroit and an award-winning series on child molestation. In January 1982, Vieira became a reporter for CBS News in its Chicago bureau; she was named a correspondent two years later. In Chicago, she met Richard Cohen, a TV news producer; the couple married in 1986, a year after Vieira moved back to New York and began working as a principal correspondent on the CBS newsmagazine West 57th. In 1989, Vieira won four Emmy Awards for stories she reported on West 57th during its 1987-88 season.
60 Minutes. She worked on the award-winning segment Ward 5A, about the first AIDS ward in San Francisco, and won a fifth Emmy Award for Thy Brother's Keeper, a report about Christians who saved Jews during the Holocaust. Vieira also frequently anchored CBS Morning News and worked as contributing national correspondent on CBS Evening News With Dan Rather. In June 1991, she became contributing correspondent for the CBS News primetime series Verdict as well, reporting on actual courtroom trials.
After the birth of her first son, Ben, in 1989, Vieira had scaled back her work on West 57th, and her limited schedule had continued when she started working for 60 Minutes. But in 1991, when she became pregnant with her second child, 60 Minutes producer Don Hewitt announced that the show needed a full-time correspondent. Their dispute became public, and Vieira subsequently left the show.
Turning Point, which premiered in March 1994. In 1995, she won her sixth Emmy Award for the report “Inside the Hate Conspiracy: America's Terrorists," about a white supremacist group.
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