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Also Known As: Meredith Louise Vieira Died:
Born: December 30, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Providence, Rhode Island, USA Profession: journalist, TV host, game show host, TV personality

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A respected television journalist whose reporting earned her six Emmy awards, Meredith Vieira also became one of the most recognizable faces on daytime TV, thanks to her hosting duties on "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (ABC, 1999- ), as well as "Today" (NBC, 1952- ). Vieira initially began her journalism career on a local Massachusetts radio station, and later, on television as a reporter and anchor on stations in Rhode Island and New York. When she became the Chicago bureau chief for "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" (CBS, 1981-2005), Vieira's reputation and profile increased, leading to morning show work for CBS, a stint as a news magazine correspondent for ABC, as well as a host spot on "Intimate Portrait" (Lifetime, 1999- ). The key turning point in Vieira's career came when she was brought on to moderate Barbara Walter's daytime talk show, "The View" (ABC, 1997- ). The often bawdy and hilarious co-host continued to branch out, stepping in as host for the daytime version of the popular game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (syndicated, 2002- ). Vieira caused a minor stir when she chose to leave the highly successful "The View" in order to fill the position...

A respected television journalist whose reporting earned her six Emmy awards, Meredith Vieira also became one of the most recognizable faces on daytime TV, thanks to her hosting duties on "The View" (ABC, 1997- ) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (ABC, 1999- ), as well as "Today" (NBC, 1952- ). Vieira initially began her journalism career on a local Massachusetts radio station, and later, on television as a reporter and anchor on stations in Rhode Island and New York. When she became the Chicago bureau chief for "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" (CBS, 1981-2005), Vieira's reputation and profile increased, leading to morning show work for CBS, a stint as a news magazine correspondent for ABC, as well as a host spot on "Intimate Portrait" (Lifetime, 1999- ). The key turning point in Vieira's career came when she was brought on to moderate Barbara Walter's daytime talk show, "The View" (ABC, 1997- ). The often bawdy and hilarious co-host continued to branch out, stepping in as host for the daytime version of the popular game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (syndicated, 2002- ). Vieira caused a minor stir when she chose to leave the highly successful "The View" in order to fill the position vacated by Katie Couric on "Today" (NBC, 1952- ), although the deal did allow her to return to journalism with regular contributions as a correspondent on "Dateline NBC" (NBC, 1991- ). Recurring guest spots on the Tina Fey series "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006- ), and cameos in films like "Get Him to the Greek" (2010) also added an enjoyable diversion to Vieira's regular duties. Highly regarded as professional and personable, Vieira became a mainstay of American media, comfortably existing in the realms of journalism and entertainment.

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 Wish Me Away (2011)
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1975:
Started as a news announcer for WORC-Radio in Worcester, MA
1982:
Joined CBS News as a reporter for its Chicago bureau
1985:
Became a principal correspondent for CBS News' "West 57th"
1989:
Was a co-editor of the CBS News magazine "60 Minutes"
1993:
Joined ABC News in as chief correspondent for "Turning Point"
1997:
Served as the moderator and co-host of "The View" (ABC) alongside Star Jones, Joy Behar and executive producer Barbara Walters
1998:
Served as host for The Miss America Pageant
1999:
Was named the official host of Lifetime's critically-acclaimed series "Intimate Portrait"
2002:
Named host of the syndicated version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"
2003:
Made her Broadway debut as an honorary cast member, for one performance only, of the Tony Award-winning musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
2006:
Earned 3 Daytime Emmy nominations for producing and hosting "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and as co-host of "The View"
2006:
Accepted an offer to succeed Katie Couric as co-host of NBC-TV's "Today Show" for reported four-year contract worth at least $10 million a year
2006:
Joined Matt Lauer as co-anchor of NBC's "Today" and became the contributing anchor for "Dateline NBC"
2007:
Played herself on an episode of NBC's "30 Rock"
2011:
Announced in April that she is leaving the "Today" show
2011:
Announced she was leaving NBC's "Today" show to spend more time with her family
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Education

Tufts University: Medford , Massachusetts -
Lincoln School: Providence , Rhode Island -

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