Tufts Grad Tapped To Host NBC's 'Today'
Emmy-award winning journalist Meredith Vieira, a 1975 Tufts graduate, will replace Katie Couric as co-host of NBC’s top-rated morning news program, the “Today” show.
Medford/Somerville, Mass. [04.07.06] Tufts graduate and award-winning journalist Meredith Vieira announced April 6 that she will replace Katie Couric as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, which has been America’s top-rated morning news program for more than a decade. Vieira, who currently hosts ABC’s “The View” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” will take her seat alongside “Today’s” Matt Lauer in September.
"Not only is the 'Today' show a great program within a superb news organization, it's also where America turns to begin the day,” Vieira, who graduated fromTufts in 1975, said in a statement. “I am honored to accept this amazing opportunity."
Vieira, an eight-time Emmy winner who is nominated for two more daytime awards this year in both the Outstanding Talk Show Host and Outstanding Game Show Host categories, signed a four-year contract with NBC worth nearly $10 million per year, The New York Times reported.
While Vieira admitted that her decision to leave “The View” after nine years was not easy, she said that she is eager to move forward in her career.
"If you're going to grow, you have to be willing to change,” Vieira, 52, said during an emotional moment on “The View.” “I'm thrilled, I'm really thrilled."
Over the course of her nearly 30 years in the news business, Vieira has worked as a correspondent for high-profile programs, including CBS’ “60 Minutes” and “West 57th” and ABC’s “Turning Point.” Her reporting on issues ranging from white supremacy to the Holocaust has earned her Emmys, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and an award from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television.
Vieira launched her journalism career soon after graduating from Tufts, working first as a news announcer for WORC-Radio in Worcester, Mass., and then as a reporter and anchor at WJAR-TV in her native Providence, Rhode Island.
NBC News officials praised Vieira for her record as a seasoned journalist and skilled talk show host.
"It's a tribute to everyone at 'Today,' and all of NBC News, that someone of Meredith's caliber has joined our team," NBC News President Steve Capus said in a statement. "She is an eight-time Emmy award winner, a 60 Minutes veteran and real pro - her skills will be invaluable at 'Today' and throughout the division. We can't wait to get started."
Her new co-anchor, Lauer, shared in Capus’ excitement.
"Meredith is a real pro, and I think it speaks volumes that NBC has brought her here to 'Today,'” he said. "I have been her fan for years, and I can't wait to be her partner.”