Nearly 6 years after leaving the Today show, Ann Curry is revealing how she made it through dark times — and her life away from the morning grind.
The anchor opens up for the first time about her exit from the NBC morning show in 2012.
After her farewell on June 28, 2012 — “I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line, but, man, I did try!” she said at the time — Curry, 61, who has won seven Emmys, interviewed world leaders, covered natural disasters and reported from war zones, was suddenly open to new opportunities.
“It hurt,” she says. “It hurt so much, but I learned a lot about myself. I can say I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve been honest and true. I’ve tried to stay pure. I’ve tried to not respond in a knee-jerk manner, and I’ve stayed very close to who I am. So it hurt, but I’m also proud of myself.”
Curry — who began as an intern at an Oregon NBC affiliate and worked her way up to Today‘s couch, earning a reputation for being earnest and empathetic — stayed remarkably mum after her co-hosting gig with Lauer ended after barely a year.
“Experience has taught me, as a journalist, the No. 1 thing you have to be is humble,” she says. “It’s not about you.”
And the mother of two, who returns to TV on Jan. 23 with the new six-part PBS docuseries We’ll Meet Again, isn’t fueled by bitterness.
We’ll Meet Again, the first series developed by her own production company focuses on 12 stories of people searching for individuals who changed their lives.
“I’ve always thought of journalism as a service profession,” she says. “I’m in it to give, not to get. This show lets me explore people’s beautiful wishes to reconnect with the people who helped them survive.”