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Meredith Vieira is an Emmy-winning TV journalist and personality who has co-anchored The Today Show and co-hosted The View.
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Meredith Vieira was born on December 30, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island, eventually entering broadcast journalism. She's worked on the CBS news programs West 57th and 60 Minutes, has been a co-host of ABC's The View and co-anchor of NBC's The Today Show. A game show host as well, Vieira has won multiple Emmy Awards.
"If I weren't a reporter, I believe I'd be doing something with animals or kids. A few years ago, I did a story on the Big Apple Circus' outreach program known as clown care. I was allowed to take on a clown persona…Dr. Ditsie…and come along with the other clown doctors as they visited sick children at a local hospital in NYC. … It was one of the most moving experiences I have ever had."
Meredith Vieira was born on December 30, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island. Upon graduating from Tufts University in 1975 with a degree in English, Vieira immediately began pursuing her dreams of a career in broadcast journalism. She started as a news announcer for a Worcester, Massachusetts radio station, but soon started working as an on-air reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City.
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.
From 1989 to 1991, Vieira was a co-editor of CBS's acclaimed newsmagazine 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 program.
Vieira had her second son, Gabe, in 1991 and her daughter Lily in 1993. In October 1993, she joined ABC News as chief correspondent for 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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