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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.

Born Meredith Louise Vieira in Providence, RI on Dec. 30, 1953 to Edwin and Mary Louisa, she was the only girl and youngest child, growing up under the watchful eye of three older brothers. Vieira attended the Lincoln School, a Quaker all-girls school in Rhode Island before moving on to college and graduating magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1975 with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Her first professional journalism job came soon after graduation at WORC-Radio in Worcester, MA. She switched to television shortly thereafter as a reporter and anchor for WJAR-TV in her hometown of Providence. Vieira's professionalism and skill soon brought her to New York to work as a reporter and substitute anchor for WCBS, where a series on child molestation earned her the Front Page Award from the Newswoman's Club of New York. By 1982, Vieira was working for "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" (CBS, 1981-2005) in its Chicago bureau. Beginning in 1984, she was made Chicago Bureau Chief and covered the Democratic National Convention. In 1985, she became a correspondent for the news program "West 57th" (CBS, 1985-89), and her career flourished. For the 1987-88 season alone, Vieira received four Emmys for her reporting. During this time, she was also performing hosting duties on "Morning" (CBS, 1979-1987), the CBS daily news program.

By 1989, Vieira's status and acclaim earned her a co-editor spot on "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ), with her report on Christians who saved Jews from the Holocaust bringing her a fifth Emmy. Vieira's time on "60 Minutes" came to a halt in 1991, however, when she became pregnant with her first child by husband Richard Cohen, an educator at Columbia University. Vieira returned to reporting in 1992, first by anchoring "The CBS Morning News" (1987- ), and then moving to another network in order to become chief correspondent for the news magazine, "Turning Point" (ABC, 1993-97). Again, her reporting received the highest honors - a story on white supremacy awarded her a sixth Emmy in 1995. She also received the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for a story on disabled students. As the decade drew to a close, Vieira's television career began to grow beyond the boundaries of journalism. In 1999, she became the host of the biography series, "Intimate Portrait" (Lifetime, 1999- ) and the following year hosted "The Beatles Revolution" (ABC, 2000), a primetime special about the legendary band's impact on popular culture and music.

But her most far-reaching exposure arrived in 1997 when she signed on as co-host and moderator of "The View" (ABC, 1997- ), a daytime talk show created and co-hosted by fellow television journalist, Barbara Walters, devoted to women's issues and opinions. The show was a tremendous hit, and earned Vieira and her cast mates - Star Jones and Joy Behar, among them - Daytime Emmy nominations from 1999 to 2006. In 2001, Vieira was a celebrity contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (ABC, 1998-2002), the popular game show hosted by Regis Philbin. When the show was revamped the next year as a daytime series with the same name (syndicated, 2002- ), Vieira was tapped to host the program. She earned her seventh Emmy for her game show work in 2005, as well as being nominated for the same category in both 2004 and 2006. In addition to her reporting and hosting duties, Vieira found time to be a commercial spokesperson for Bayer aspirin in 2004-5, an entertainment journalist (she hosted a featurette on the "Desperate Housewives" season one DVD), and even an occasional actress on series like "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000) and "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), as well as in the film "The Stepford Wives" (2004). While working in New York City, Vieira resided in the upscale enclave of Westchester County, NY with her three children and husband, whose health battles with multiple sclerosis and cancer made headlines and occasionally became a topic of discussion on "The View."

In mid-2006, Vieira announced on "The View" that she had accepted the hotly debated offer to replace Katie Couric as co-host of "Today" (NBC, 1952- ) once Couric moved on to her anchor duties at "The CBS Evening News." After a bittersweet farewell in the form of a good-natured roast on "The View," that show's bawdiest cast member joined the "Today" morning team, bringing that same sauciness with her to endlessly embarrass new coworkers Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Ann Curry. In addition to her morning duties, she was a semi-regular contributing correspondent for "Dateline NBC" (NBC, 1991- ). Occasionally venturing into the realm of pure entertainment, Vieira began making recurring appearances as herself in the NBC-centric ensemble comedy "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006- ) in 2007. She also took on film work, voicing characters for the animated features "Madagascar: Back 2 Africa" (2008) and the never-ending fairy tale farce "Shrek Forever After" (2010). Vieira appeared as herself in the rock-n-roll comedy "Get Him to the Greek" (2010), in a scene where inebriated pop idol Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) makes a less-than-ideal appearance on the "Today" show. Later the same year, she had a small cameo as a Lilliputian in the underwhelming Jack Black remake of "Gulliver's Travels" (2010). In May 2011, following weeks of speculation in the media, a tearful Vieira announced she would be leaving "Today" to spend more time with her husband and children. Longtime cast mate Ann Curry was tapped to replace her as co-host.

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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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