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Vieira, Meredith 1953(?)-

Vieira, Meredith 1953(?)-


Full name, Meredith Louise Vieira; born December 30, 1953 (some sources cite 1951), in Providence, RI; daughter of Edwin (a physician) and Mary Elsie Rosa (maiden name, Silveira) Vieira; married Richard M. Cohen (a professor of journalism), June 14, 1986; children: Benjamin Edwin, Gabriel Anthony, Lily Max. Education: Tufts University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1975.


Agent—David Glantz, Headline Media Management, 888 Seventh Ave., Suite 503, New York, NY 10106.


Actress, broadcast journalist, producer, and writer. WORC-Radio, Worcester, MA, news announcer, 1975; television reporter and anchor in Providence, RI, 1970s; WCBS-TV, New York City, reporter, 1979-82; CBS News, New York City, reporter from Chicago, 1982-85, member of news staff, 1985-91; ABC News, New York City, member of news staff, 1993—. America Online, host of The Regal Women's Show, 1999. Appeared in commercials for Bayer aspirin, 2004-05.

Awards, Honors:

News and Documentary Emmy Awards, outstanding investigative journalism, for "Men of God: Borrowing on Faith," outstanding informational, cultural or historic programming segments, for "Children in Crisis: Saving Face," outstanding coverage of a continuing news story, for "Homeless in America: Suffer the Children" and "Pat Robertson," all 1989, for West 57th; News and Documentary Emmy Award, outstanding informational, cultural, or historic programming segment, 1991, for "Thy Brother's Keeper," 60 Minutes; Front Page Award, Newswomen's Club of New York, 1991; Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, 1995; News and Documentary Emmy Award, outstanding background or analysis of a single current story, 1996, for "Inside the Hate Campaign: America's Terrorists," Turning Point; Daytime Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding talk show or service show host, annually, 1998-2006, for The View; Daytime Emmy Award nominations, outstanding game show host, 2004, 2006, 2007, and outstanding game show or audience participation show (with others), 2006, 2007, all for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; Daytime Emmy Award (with others), excellence in morning programming, 2007, for Today; Daytime Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding special-class special, 2007, 2008, for The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; named woman of the year, Portuguese American Women's Association.


Television Appearances; Series:

Chicago bureau chief, CBS News with Dan Rather, CBS, 1982-84.

Substitute coanchor, Morning, CBS, 1984-85.

Correspondent, West 57th, CBS, 1985-89.

Correspondent, 60 Minutes, CBS, 1989-91.

Reporter, Verdict, CBS, 1991.

Coanchor, The CBS Morning News, CBS, 1992-93.

Chief correspondent and anchor, Turning Point (also known as 20/20 Wednesday), ABC, 1993-97.

Cohost, The View, ABC, 1997-2007.

Healthy Kids, 1998.

Host, Intimate Portrait (series of specials), Lifetime, 1999-2003.

Host, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, ABC, 2001.

Cohost, Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 2003, 2006—.

Host, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, syndicated, between 2004 and 2007.

Narrator, Intervention, Arts and Entertainment, 2007-2008.

Also correspondent for Dateline (also known as Dateline NBC), NBC.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Regional correspondent, Campaign '86: Election Night, CBS, 1986.

America's Toughest Assignment: Solving the Education Crisis, CBS, 1990.

Narrator, America Becoming, PBS, 1991.

Narrator, Like Anybody Else, PBS, 1992.

60 Minutes25 Years, CBS, 1993.

Correspondent, Whiz Kids, ABC, 1995.

Reporter, Inside the Hate Conspiracy: America's Terrorists, ABC, 1995.

Correspondent, Deadly Game: The Mark and Delia Owens Story, ABC, 1996.

Chief correspondent, Heroin: The New High School High, ABC, 1997.

Host, Ending Welfare as We Know It, PBS, 1998.

Host, The 78th Annual Miss America Pageant, ABC, 1998.

Host, I Am Beautiful, Lifetime, 1999.

The Great American History Quiz: Heroes and Villains, History Channel, 2000.

Narrator, Open Sesame: The Making of "Arabian Nights," 2000.

Host, The Beatles Revolution, ABC, 2000.

Host, Countdown to Oscar 2000, ABC, 2000.

Host, Come Together, ABC, 2001.

Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, ABC, 2002.

Host, The View: His & Her Body Test, ABC, 2003.

Cohost, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 2006, 2007.

Narrator, The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America, PBS, 2007.

The View: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2007.

Narrator, Fat: What No One Is Telling You, PBS, 2007.

Host, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NBC, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, "The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee," Sports Night, ABC, 1998.

Herself, "The Marry Caitlin Moore Show," Spin City, ABC, 2000.

Herself, "True Story," Bette, CBS, 2001.

Contestant, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, ABC, 2001.

June Bellwether, All My Children (also known as AMC), ABC, 2001.

Bree, General Hospital, ABC, 2003.

Security guard, "Burnout," The Practice, ABC, 2003.

"Elisabeth Hasselback's Baby Shower," Party Planner with David Tutera, 2005.

Hi-Jinks, 2005.

Herself, All My Children (also known as AMC), ABC, 2005.

Herself, "Greenzo," 30 Rock, NBC, 2007.

(In archive footage) Just In with Laura Ingraham, Fox News Channel, 2008.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1999, ABC, 2000, NBC, 2001, 2003, NBC, 2004, CBS, 2005, ABC, 2006.

New York 360 Presents: The 2007 Matrix Awards, 2007.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1990.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002.

Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, 2000.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2003, 2007.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2004, 2005, 2006.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008.

Guest host, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2005.

Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show and Letterman), CBS, 2006.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2006, 2007.

The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition, and Jon Stewart), Comedy Central, 2007.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as Entertainment This Week, E.T., ET Weekend, and This Week in Entertainment), syndicated, 2007, 2008.

The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, multiple appearances, 2008.

Television Work; Series:

Coeditor, 60 Minutes, CBS, 1989-91.

Co-executive producer, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, syndicated, 2002.

Film Appearances:

Host of Balance of Power, The Stepford Wives, Paramount, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Guest cast member, Thoroughly Modern Millie (musical), Marquis Theatre, New York City, 2003.


Television Series:

Turning Point (also known as 20/20 Wednesday), 1994.



Newsmakers, Issue 3, Gale, 2001.


Current Biography, April, 2002, pp. 78-82.

Family Circle, September, 2007, p. 280.

Good Housekeeping, September, 2006, p. 104; November, 2007, p. 144.

Ladies' Home Journal, November, 2001, pp. 116-119.

Newsweek, April 17, 2006, p. 42.

New York Times, September 14, 2006, p. E1.

New York Times Magazine, August 13, 2006, pp. 22-27.

Parade, July 22, 2007, p. 16.

People Weekly, November 29, 1999, p. 99.

Saturday Evening Post, July-August, 2008, p. 48.

TV Guide, February 12, 2000, pp. 40-42; August 24, 2002, p. 6; January 25, 2003, p. 46; April 17, 2006, p. 9; May 1, 2006, pp. 34-35.

USA Today, May 15, 2006, p. 1D; October 9, 2006, p. 4D.

Woman's Day, August 3, 2004, p. 26.

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