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    Ann Curry
    Ann Curry
    Co-host, NBC's "Today"

    “It's a pleasure to switch gears from Hollywood to hard news,” says Curry, 56, who replaced Meredith Vieira as Today co-host in June 2011. Sometimes the two collide head-on: In the past few years, Curry has made three trips to the Sudan with George Clooney, traveled to Africa with Angelina Jolie and spent time with Jolie’s partner, Brad Pitt, in New Orleans as he continues his post-Katrina rebuilding efforts.

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    “Angelina was careful to really smarten up on all the topics,” says Curry, who began her broadcasting career at an NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore., before landing at NBC as a Chicago news correspondent in 1990. (Her future at Today may be a source of speculation, but her co-host Matt Lauer and NBC News president Steve Capus have officially pledged their full support.) “I’ve known George for years, and he has become one of the most informed voices on Sudan — anywhere.”

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    Curry’s passion for covering the war-torn region was clear in an October 2010 blog entry she posted: “While I am wary of the dangers, I know I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing right now.”

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