Forbes magazine released its annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women today, and many well-known women are on it.
These women are powerful not because of their money but because of the influence they have on others.
Ann Curry of the TODAY Show was listed Number 66.
We can learn a lot from Curry. She has perseverance. And it has paid off.
According to Wikipedia, Ann Curry, 54, is an American television news journalist and co-anchor on NBC’s morning television program Today. She is the former news anchor on Today, a role she began in March 1997, and has been host of Dateline NBC since May 2005. Curry is a Board Member at the IWMF (International Women’s Media Foundation).
Curry began her broadcasting career in 1978 as an intern and soon rose to become the station’s first female news reporter. In 1990, Curry joined NBC News and served as a substitute news anchor for Matt Lauer from 1994 to 1997 at the Today show. From 1997 to 2011 she served as news anchor, being the show’s second-longest serving news anchor. During this time, she also served as a substitute anchor for Today. Since September 2007 Curry has been one of the three anchors for TODAY’s third hour.
From 2005 to 2011, she was the primary substitute on NBC Nightly News. There have even been days when Curry has anchored all three broadcasts in one day. A segment on Today, Ann on the Run, follows Curry around a day where she must read the news on Today, tape Dateline, and fill in live for Brian Williams on Nightly News.
With credentials like those, one would think after Katie Couric left the Today in 2006 that Curry would be a shoe in for the position. However, Meredith Vieira was hired. Ann didn’t sulk. Ann did pout. What she did put her in line for the position when it became available after Vieira gave up the position on June 8, 2011. Ann Curry replaced Vieira as co-host on June 9, 2011.
In fact, her work in the years after Couric’s departure was widely seen as what earned her the coveted co-anchor spot this time around. Curry carved out a niche for herself in international reporting, and has traveled to Darfur five times since 2006 to cover the humanitarian crisis. NBC News president Steve Capus remarked that Curry “channeled that disappointment” and “in many ways re-created her career at NBC News.”
So what workplace lessons has Ann Curry taught us?
- Be patient.
- Embrace the good fortune of others.
- Carve out your own niche on the job.
- Channel disappointments (if any).
- Re-invent yourself.
- Re-create your career.
Ann, viewers in Richmond, Virginia applaud you. Know that we watch you on the Today Show on NBC every weekday.