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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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In addition, Vieira's feature on the city of Baltimore's efforts to mainstream disabled students in public schools won a 1995 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award, and her interviews with the "Framingham Eight"—eight women fighting for a second chance after killing the partners they say abused them—won an award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television.
After 1997, Vieira decided she wanted to spend more time with her family. She found greater work flexibility, as well as a fresh new twist on television journalism, as a co-host of ABC's The View, a daily morning talk show launched in 1997 by newswoman Barbara Walters. With cohosts Walters, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Lisa Ling (who replaced original cohost Debbie Matenopoulos early in the show's run), Vieira offered the show's fans a diverse, multigenerational look at topics ranging from entertainment and celebrity interviews to politics and legal issues.
The View has received multiple Emmy nominations for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show, while Vieira and her cohosts earned nods for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
In 2002, Vieira added another job to her list of accomplishments—that of game show host when she took over the reins of popular syndicated quiz program Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Then in the spring of 2006, Vieira was asked to anchor NBC's The Today Show after longtime host Katie Couric left to pursue a career at CBS News. Opposite Matt Lauer, Vieira started her anchoring duties the following September.
Having fun with film work as well, Vieira has been featured in the animated romp Shrek Ever After and the comedies Gulliver’s Travels and Get Me to the Greek, all from 2010.
Realizing she wanted to have a change in quality of life for herself and her family (including her husband, who had been diagnosed years ago with multiple sclerosis), Vieira left The Today Show in 2011. She was succeeded by Ann Curry and continued with her Millionaire hosting duties until May of 2013. That same year, it was announced that Vieira had started filming a pilot for her own daytime talk show with NBC, tentatively scheduled to air in 2014 if picked up.
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