Ann Curry. Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME.
By Cindy Clark, USA Today
Amidst reports that Ann Curry is soon to be ousted from her gig on NBC's Today show, Ladies Home Journal has published an interview with the morning show host. Curry opens up in their August issue (out July 10) about her job, her critics and staying true to herself.
On the Today show vs. Good Morning America ratings war: "It's hard not to take it personally. You worry, Am I not good enough? Am I not what people need? Am I asking the right questions? When people say negative things or speculate, you can't help but feel hurt. I know NBC pays my salary but I have never doubted who I work for. I think about the people who watch. They're the ones who matter to me. I want to feel I haven't dropped the ball when it comes to them."
What she'd change about herself: "I don't always understand my worth. I think it's a chronic condition for women. I'm not talking about professionally. I'm talking about in our personal lives. We constantly punish ourselves with degrading thoughts when we look at ourselves in the mirror. We allow people to treat us poorly, we allow our husbands or boyfriends to get away with things or we have relationships with girlfriends or colleagues who don't treat us well. We don't defend ourselves as we would our own children. Women have demanded and gotten better jobs and more power. But the one thing we deserve is a better relationship with ourselves. We waste too much time beating ourselves up. I think at my age of 55, it's time to stop doing that."
Where she sees herself in five, 10 years from now: "I've been at Today for 15 years and I'd love to make it to 20. I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation."
What she loves about TV news: "I'm in this business because I want to have a life of value. For me that means giving people information that can give them a better life."