Where the hell is Ann Curry?
Ann Curry at the Time 100 Gala in 2012
Ann Curry’s talent has never been questioned, as she is without dispute one of the greatest international journalists of our time, but why isn’t NBC using her to her (and their) full potential? I haven’t seen Ms. Curry on the networks of NBC Universal in a while (granted, I don’t watch the evening news every night, but I have seen practically everyone BUT her). It’s also a shame that in such a dire time in the Middle East with the crisis in Iraq and growing tensions further east in the Koreas that NBC would not have her reporting extensively and frequently across their NBC News affiliates.
Thankfully, someone else is recognizing Ms. Currry’s journalistic prowess, and that happens to be the LA Press Club, whose Journalism Awards were held on Sunday. Curry received the night’s highest honor, the Joseph M. Quinn Memorial Award for journalistic achievement and distinction. In an eloquent acceptance speech, Curry remarked this:
“Our credibility will only be as strong as the wall between journalists and advertisers. Our job is not to worry about increasing the bottom line of our corporate parents… It is about empowering people with the truth — even and especially when it is not pretty and not popular.”
Beautiful. She understands what journalism is, and that mixing it with sensationalism is not journalism, but a wholly different sub form of journalism — Tabloid. I would not be surprised if Curry left by the end of her contract and found a place that would truly utilize her talents. Perhaps CNN to add her alongside Candy Crowley and Fareed Zakaria who both deal with politics and foreign policy. CBS would also be a solid choice where Curry would fit right in on CBS This Morning and do reports for 60 Minutes. PBS is another possibility, as its Frontline newsmagazine recently received a large round of funding to keep its investigative and revealing reporting going.