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Meredith Vieira

Special Correspondent, "TODAY"

Meredith Vieira is the host of her own nationally syndicated daytime show, titled “The Meredith Vieira Show.” Debuting September 8, 2014, the daily New York City-based show will be produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution with Vieira also serving as an executive producer.

The 14-time Emmy Award winner has launched a YouTube Channel, “LIVES with Meredith Vieira” (September 2013).  “LIVES” is a premium digital channel dedicated to exploring and championing real women of all ages.  As curator, Vieira drives the conversation between and about women with a mix of deeply personal, informative, and entertaining content created around the authentic, funny, and sometimes raw stories that make up our day-to-day existence.  The channel's tagline is:  Real Women, Real Talk, Real Time.

Previously, Vieira served as a special correspondent for NBC News and Sports programming contributing to “Today,” “NBC Nightly News” and the Olympics. For the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Vieira made history when she became the first woman to anchor NBC’s Primetime coverage of the Olympic Games. Vieira also served as producer and correspondent for a series of prime-time hour features calledMeredith Vieira Specials.”

Vieira joined “Today” in September 2006 as co-anchor, and was immediately accepted into the ranks of America’s first television family. During her five years at “Today,” Vieira also played a key role in covering the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, getting exclusive interviews with the athletes and medalists. In London and Sochi, Vieira co-hosted the opening ceremonies with Matt Lauer.

Vieira won two Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Game Show Host” (2005, 2009) for the nationally syndicated game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for which she has served as host for 11 seasons.  While at the helm, Vieira has given away over $75 million in prize money with three contestants winning the million dollar prize. With over 2,000 episodes hosted, Vieira holds the record for hosting more episodes of a game show than any other woman in history.

From 1997 to 2006, Vieira served as moderator of ABC’s “The View” where, each day, she led her fellow co-stars in discussions of current issues that ranged from social and political topics to tabloid headlines and celebrity news.

Vieira founded and is CEO of “Meredith Vieira Productions,” which develops and produces film, television, and theatre.  Credits include “Return,” starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; the critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated feature documentary “The Woman Who Wasn’t There”; and the national tour of the hit off-Broadway play “Life in a Marital Institution.”

In 1993, she started at ABC when she joined their news division as chief correspondent of “Turning Point,” which debuted in March 1994.  Prior to her work at ABC, Vieira spent more than a decade at CBS News, where she garnered five Emmy Awards for her work as a correspondent on the news magazines “60 Minutes” and “West 57th.”

Vieira is involved with several charitable organizations, including the New York chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which she is also on the Board of Directors.  In addition, she is active with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, Children’s Miracle Network, Clown Care (a program that coordinates hospital visits from specially trained clowns) and the Pajama Program (which provides warm pajamas and new books to children in need in the United States and around the world).  A native of Providence, R.I., Vieira received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She has three children, Ben, Gabe and Lily, with her husband, best-selling author and journalist, Richard Cohen.