Ann Curry — the Ashland High School graduate whose TV journalism career began in Medford — is returning to PBS to tell the harrowing tales of survivors of major historical events.
The former “Today” show co-anchor, who was unceremoniously dismissed from her NBC post in 2012 and has remained relatively mum on the recent firing of her former costar Matt Lauer, is heading up “We’ll Meet Again,” a six-part historical series on PBS that premieres on Jan. 23.
Curry serves as executive producer and the main reporter on the program, which is co-produced by Blink productions and Ann Curry, Inc. The program explores some of history’s most dramatic events through the personal stories of those who experienced them, PBS said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Each episode reveals the powerful bonds forged among people who now, against the odds, have had the opportunity to reunite with those who transformed their lives,” the announcement said.
Some of those stories include tales from the children of World War II, a Vietnam War baby searching for her American father, a military chaplain who helped a stranger through the events of 9/11 and civil rights workers who lived through the 1960s South.
“This is human history — not from the point of view of kings or politicians or generals — but of everyday people on the front lines of massive events they have no way to control,” Curry said in a statement. “Their stories tell us something about what we are made of.”
After Curry left “Today,” the network tried to repair the damage from her departure by giving her a new contract and her own production company unit. She also occasionally stepped in to anchor “NBC Nightly News,” but generally received very little air time. So she negotiated an early exit from her NBC News contract.
The journalist then formed her own production company and worked on the PBS documentary series “Lidia Celebrates America.”
Curry's controversial 2011 exit from "Today" returned to the headlines following the November ouster of Laurer for alleged workplace sexual harassment. In an interview with People magazine short after Laurer was fired, Curry said was "still processing" the situation, but added that she was proud to see the number of women who had come forward with their stories.
"This kind of behavior exists across industries, and it is so long overdue for it to stop," Curry told the magazine. "This is a moment when we all need to be a beacon of light for those women, for all women, and for ourselves."