One of my favourite journalists is Ann Curry. Over the years I’ve watched her on The Today Show and on countless episodes of Dateline NBC and other NBC news specials. I think she is perhaps one of the most compassionate and real journalists today. She has the ability to really connect with the heart of an issue and with the people.
I was sad to see her departure from The Today Show this summer but it doesn’t diminish her many accomplishments and ability to endure despite losing her dream job in the public eye. A graduate of University of Oregon, Curry was born in Guam to an American father who is of Cherokee, French, German, Scottish and Irish descent and a mother who from Japan.
Curry has been known for her humanitarian spirit and this week she has done it again. Since the recent tragic shooting in Newton, Connecticut that killed 20 school children and 6 teachers, people are looking for ways to honour the lives of these innocent victims.
Curry was so touched by what happened that it left her wondering what she could do to help. She took to Twitter and suggested what could happen if everyone performed 20 acts of kindness to honor each child who died. She tweeted, “I’m in. If you are, RT #20Acts.”
The result has been staggering. Thousands of people on both Twitter and Facebook have taken this as a real opportunity to show what humanity can do. They even began to honor the teachers by adding #26Acts. The random acts is spreading like wildfire not only in America but has spread around the world. People have done everything from paying off a lay-away bill to leaving money behind and even paying for people in line at fast food restaurants.
Curry is actively involved in various charities including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, The Save the Children Fund and being an Honorary member of the Board of Directors of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation,
Curry continues to work with NBC on various news specials and reports.