NBC News' Curry to give Salant lecture
Her talk, "From the Front Lines of Journalism," is the first of several events planned to commemorate the anniversary year of what would have been Salant's 100th birthday and the 20th anniversary of the lecture series, which began with Andy Rooney in 1994.
Curry is the national and international anchor for all the platforms of NBC News. She also anchors NBC News prime-time specials and is the chief substitute anchor for "NBC Nightly News." She has distinguished herself in global war and humanitarian reporting, having traveled to some 40 nations, frequently traveling to remote areas of the world for under-reported stories.
Curry has traveled six times to Sudan and neighboring Chad to report on the violence and ethnic cleansing taking place in Darfur. She has broadcast live from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to report on war crimes against women and children. She has revealed deplorable conditions of Serbia's mental institutions and was the first network news anchor to report on the humanitarian refugee crisis caused by the genocide in Kosovo and the first network anchor to report on the tsunami in southeast Asia, in addition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She covered the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Curry has interviewed the Dalai Lama, Benazir Bhutto, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and the presidents of the United States, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Liberia, Syria, Pakistan and Iran. Most recently, she was granted the first worldwide exclusive interview with Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani.
For 15 years, Curry delivered the news on the "Today Show," during which time she jumped out of airplanes and off bridges, and also climbed Mount Kilamanjaro and planted the NBC flag on the South Pole.
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She has more than 1.4 million Twitter followers and was named Twitter's No. 1 in its list of top 10 most powerful tweets of 2010, for a 50-character message asking the Air Force to allow physicians to land in Haiti to administer aid to the injured and dying.
In 2011, Curry was named in Forbes magazine's 100 most powerful women in the world. Her awards include a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, five Emmy Awards, four Golden Mikes, Certificates of Excellence from the Associated Press, four Gracie Awards, an International Matrix Award, and an award for Excellence in Reporting from the NAACP.
The Richard Salant Lecture and the library's Richard Salant Room are named for the late president of CBS news, whose tenure in the 1960s and `70s included the news challenges of the Vietnam War and Watergate. Salant lived in New Canaan for 37 years. He died in 1993. Earlier Salant lecturers have included Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Andy Rooney, Charles Osgood, Lesley Stahl, Brian Williams, Bob Schieffer, Connie Chung, Cokie Roberts, Tom Brokaw, Sean McManus and Roger Goodman.
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