The award-winning journalist has had an incredible career fueled by ambition, power, and Hershey’s Kisses.
You might not have heard from Ann Curry since her tearful goodbye from the Today show after being replaced by Savannah Guthrie in 2012. But after Matt Lauer was fired by NBC in November for alleged sexual misconduct, she’s back in the spotlight with a new PBS docuseries of her own. The award-winning journalist gave PEOPLE an exclusive interview that hits newsstands on Friday, but you might still have some questions about Curry aside from her morning talk show ordeal. Here, seven things you didn’t know about Ann Curry.
She has a sweet tooth.
Curry starts every day with a kiss—a Hershey’s Kiss, that is. “I’m a chocoholic and there’s nothing I’m going to do about it,” she told PEOPLE in 1998.
She was once saved by the Boy Scouts.
She moved around a lot as a child.
Curry's dad Bob, a U.S. Navy officer, met her mom, Hiroe, in Japan, where he was stationed in the late 1940s. Ann was born in Guam, and her and her four brothers and sisters moved from state to state before moving to Ashland, Oregon, where her parents lived for many decades. Hiroe died in 2001 and Bob died in 2008.
She is an avid photographer.
After a breast cancer scare in the 2000s, Curry’s doctor told her she needed to slow down. She decided to take 30 minutes a week to walk around her neighborhood and take photos, she told O, The Oprah Magazine. “I take pictures for fun, but when I’m in a stressful situation, photography allows me to relax and be connected,” she said in a 2009 issue of PEOPLE.
She met her husband in college.
Curry and her husband, Brian Ross, met while studying at University of Oregon. The two were married in 1989 and have two children, Mackenzie and William Walker. Brian and Mackenzie wished Curry luck on her first day at the Today show back in 2012.
She has two Primetime Emmys.
She runs her own production company.
Wondering what Ann Curry is doing now? Well, she is the head of a production company, Ann Curry Inc., as her current job. The company’s first series We’ll Meet Again features reunions between people separated after major historical events. The show premieres on PBS on January 23.