No Barriers

The Human Connection with Ann Curry

Episode Summary

For our 100th episode, we celebrate by speaking with the award-winning journalist and photojournalist Ann Curry. Jeff, Erik, and Ann discuss the human condition and the spirit of "Ganbaru" - the Japanese term for persistence and relentless hard work - she brings to every aspect of her life and career.

Episode Notes

Ann Curry is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist. She is a former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent and has reported on conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Serbia, Lebanon, and Israel; on nuclear tensions from North Korea and Iran and on numerous humanitarian disasters, including the tsunamis in Southeast Asia and Japan, and the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her awards for journalism include 7 Emmys. She has also been given numerous humanitarian awards, including from Refugees International, Americares, and Save the Children.  One award she especially prizes is a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, for her dedication to reporting about genocide.

She has also reported and executive produced a documentary series about people caught in transformative world events entitled “We’ll Meet Again,” anchored and executive produced a live series about medical care in America entitled “Chasing the Cure,” and is a contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine and will be a Fellow at American University spring semester 2021, where she will be teaching seminars on Journalism, including about credibility, ethics, frontline reporting and interviewing. 


Ann’s TedTalk on Restoring Journalism

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl