Ann Curry was eased out of her high-profile job as co-host of the Today show in 2012 after barely a year on the job. She had been a reporter and news anchor for the NBC morning show from 1997 until 2011, when she was promoted to be the show's co-host (with Matt Lauer). Ann Curry was born in Guam to a Japanese mother and an American sailor, and spent her early childhood on a naval base in Japan. She then grew up in Ashland, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 1978. Curry was a TV reporter in Oregon at Medford's KTVL (1979-80) and Portland's KGW (1980-84), then spent six years in Los Angeles at KCBS before being hired by NBC in 1990. For the network she was a news anchor and correspondent, reporting on foreign affairs and natural disasters and interviewing the likes of Lance Armstrong, Laura Bush and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She joined the Today cast in 1997 as a news anchor, and became co-host of NBC's Dateline in 2005. Ann Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host of Today in June of 2011, but she didn't last long: She was eased out of the job in June 2012 after ratings slipped and the network decided to make a change. She was replaced as co-host by Savannah Guthrie. Curry was given the title of "anchor at large" for the show and also named an international correspondent for NBC News.
Ann Curry was the first female reporter at KTVL in Medford.