No longer restricted by estranged husband Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political ambitions, Maria Shriver is heading back to NBC News, it was announced on Tuesday. She was forced to when Schwarzenegger ran for governor of California as a Republican in 2003 — and won.
NBC announced today on “Today” that Shriver will serve as a “special anchor” covering “the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life.” In addition, Shriver will be editor-at-large across NBC’s digital platforms, covering women’s issues.
Shriver tweeted the news:
I’m excited to be going forward with @NBCNews as a special anchor.
She also posted a blog entry on LinkedIn, where she said:
In 2004, I took a leave from network news to work as First Lady of California, which was also an honor and a privilege. But the truth is I never took a leave from journalism. I just took my reporter’s skills and used them in other arenas: producing The Women’s Conference, the Minerva Awards, The Shriver Report, The Alzheimer’s Project, and my own website where everyday people report from the frontlines of their lives.
Wherever and whenever I could, I’ve collected people’s stories and tried to tell them in ways that could empower them and others. The journalism is in me, so all my life, I’ve looked for platforms (films, books, live events, digital and social media) where I could engage my passions and my purpose.
After doing that for several years, I’ve come to appreciate even more how television journalism, paired with digital, can engage and elevate humanity in incredible ways — educating, edifying, impacting people’s minds and hearts. I’ve come to recognize how that powerful combination of platforms can help us get to the heart of a story, to get to the truth and tell it in a compelling way.
That’s why I’ve decided to move forward into the next phase of my life by forging a new partnership with an old partner: NBC News. I’m going forward by doing what I love to do — telling stories that I feel are important to bring to life — and doing it in some new ways.
Shriver added that in addition to the above responsibilities, she will also be profile those she likes to call “Architects of Change.” These are, she said, “groundbreaking women and men who are pushing the boundaries of society, technology, media, science, business, faith and politics.”
Shriver’s first report in her new position was an interview with playwright/activist Eve Ensler about her battle with cancer. Shriver tweeted:
This interview with @EveEnsler was my first piece in my new role with @NBCNews. I am in awe of Eve!
Schwarzenegger left office in 2011, termed out as California’s governor. Just after that, news arose that he had an affair with the couple’s housekeeper, and even fathered a child with her.
Shriver moved out and filed for divorce, although that is still pending.
Shriver’s interview with Ensler is embedded.