AAJA Calls on NBC to Keep Diversity a Priority as Ann Curry Exits ‘Today’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — When NBCUniversal named Ann Curry as co-host of the “Today” show more than a year ago, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) applauded the move. The hiring confirmed the network’s strong commitment to diversity, so her departure from such a high-profile role is all the more disappointing.

“We wish Ann all the best as she moves forward. She has always been a supporter of AAJA’s mission, and we have rejoiced in all her career successes,” said Doris Truong, AAJA National President. “We hope that NBC News keeps diversity at top of mind as it makes on-air assignments for ‘Today,’ especially considering that Asian Americans are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population.”

AAJA stands ready to assist NBCUniversal in finding journalists with diverse experiences to help report on stories that matter to the viewers of “Today.”

Media Contact: AAJA Executive Director Kathy Chow

  • E-mail: kathyc@aaja.org
  • Telephone: 415-346-2051 | Fax: 415-346-6343
  • Mailing address: 5 Third St., Suite 1108, San Francisco, Calif. 94103

The Asian American Journalists Association is a nonprofit professional and educational organization with more than 1,500 members across the United States and in Asia. Founded in 1981, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA’s mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of AAPIs, and to increase the number of AAPI journalists and news managers in the industry. AAJA is an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists, along with the Native American Journalists Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. For more information about AAJA, visit www.aaja.org.