Ann Curry to speak at graduation

NBC News anchor Ann Curry, who grew up in the Rogue Valley, will speak at the June commencement ceremony of Southern Oregon University, the school has announced.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. June 5 in the Mountain Arena on campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Curry graduated from Ashland High School and the University of Oregon and worked for the NBC affiliates in Medford and Portland before moving to Los Angeles to report for KCBS-TV. Then she headed to NBC News, where she has anchored "NBC News at Sunrise," "The Today Show" and "Dateline NBC."

In her 30 years in the news industry, Curry has won three Emmy Awards for news reporting, certificates of excellence from The Associated Press, and additional honors for reporting from the NAACP. Curry recently funded the Ann Curry Scholarship for the School of Journalism and Communication Broadcasting Students at the University of Oregon.

In 2005, Curry was named co-anchor of "Dateline NBC," which she continues to host along with "The Today Show."

She is known for reporting major international stories from locations such as Baghdad, Rwanda, Darfur, the USS Theodore Roosevelt during the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and the USS Constellation during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Curry's late father, Robert Curry, was an alumnus of what was then called Southern Oregon State College.

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