Ann Curry Talks About Her Motivation For Reporting After ‘Today Show’ Departure

Ann Curry’s highly publicized exit from Today Show in 2012 has not slowed the seasoned journalist down. After spending 15 years at the NBC news desk, Curry took her stellar reporting skills to other news outlets, most recently anchoring and executive producing TNT’s live show, Chasing the Cure.

Curry recently spoke on what motivates her most about her work, and how she chose to overcome a “second mountain” after her tumultuous Today Show exit.

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A controversial ending

Reports swirled in 2012 regarding Curry’s departure from the Today Show, with many saying co-host Matt Lauer prompted her release by expressing to executive producer Jim Bell that he and Curry had no onscreen rapport. Curry’s emotional last day in June 2012 gave viewers an idea of the weight of the behind-the-scenes drama. “I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line, but, man, I did try!” Curry said on the air, according to Vulture.

Curry was interviewed by People last year, breaking her silence on leaving the show for the first time. “It hurt like hell,” she said. “It hurt so much, but I learned a lot about myself. I can say I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve been honest and true. I’ve tried to stay pure. I’ve tried to not respond in a knee-jerk manner, and I’ve stayed very close to who I am. So it hurt, but I’m also proud of myself.”

A pure motivation

Curry recently spoke on ABC’s “No Limits With Rebecca Jarvis,” sharing with the host what she sees as positive and negative motivations in journalism. “When your motivation is to make money, you are going to make decisions that are not good for journalism,” Curry told Jarvis. “A motivation that is impure affects what stories you do, what questions you ask, how it’s edited together, potentially how it’s written, how it was broadcast, who you choose to anchor it… all those motivations are not great motivations for journalism.”

The award-winning newswoman went on to share what drives her when working on a story, clearly focusing on the human aspect of reporting. “I would say that the fight is not about you or even about the profession or about where you work, it’s for the people,” Curry said. “If people are voiceless and there is something unjust that is occurring or suffering that can be changed because we connect them to the wider world we should do it. That is our job. We’re supposed to shine light in places of darkness.”

Curry is setting this example in her new live show Chasing the Cure, where she is dedicated to helping people suffering from mysterious medical afflictions, bringing them the medical attention they need on the air. “I wanted anyone who’s coming on to our live broadcast, who’s already desperate to feel embraced, to come into a situation where they’re in a circle,” she said. “I don’t want doctors to be set up in this kind of way that adds to the intimidation of sitting in front of a panel of some of the best minds in medicine in this country. I wanted a curved, warm welcoming, ‘we’re all in this together’ feeling.”

A second mountain

In her interview with Jarvis, Curry touched on her Today Show experience, referring to the aftermath of her departure as having to overcome a “second mountain.”

“When I think about that idea of the second mountain and the idea that this is actually something that all of us probably will face, whether it’s loss of a loved one or being fired at work or being challenged, we’re all facing that kind of struggle, and what I’ve learned is the person that’s hardest to forgive is yourself, and the person that’s hardest to have compassion for is yourself,” Curry told Jarvis. “I would say to never do anything that you would not forgive in yourself. Do try to have compassion for yourself and understand that you’re a human being who deserves that kindness.”

Chasing the Cure is live on Thursdays on TNT and TBS!