With ten seasons and nearly 2,000 episodes of Millionaire under her belt, Meredith Vieira is the most prolific female game show host in television history. She has won a total of fourteen Emmy Awards, including two Daytime Emmys for her hosting duties on Millionaire (2005 and 2009). With her first Millionaire win in 2005, she became just the second woman to ever win an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host. “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” will premiere its eleventh season in September, 2012.
Vieira’s career spans over three decades and includes prominent roles in news, television and film. Vieira is a veteran journalist and has earned seven Emmys for her extraordinary news coverage on acclaimed news magazines “West 57th,” “60 Minutes” and” Turning Point.”
Most recently, Vieira was the co-anchor of NBC’s “TODAY” (2006 – 2011), where she won four Daytime Emmys for Best Morning Newscast. In September, 2011, Vieira was named as a special correspondent for NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” She also is a regular contributor to other NBC News programs and will cover the 2012 London Olympic Games for the network this summer.
At the end of 2008, Vieira founded her own TV/film/theatre production company, Meredith Vieira Productions. She Executive Produced feature film RETURN, starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, and John Slattery, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and the critically-acclaimed feature documentary THE WOMAN WHO WASN'T THERE, which broke network ratings records on Investigation Discovery. She is a producer of the national tour of the hit Off-Broadway play, LIFE IN A MARITAL INSTITUTION (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour), with a slate of other projects in the works.
Vieira helped launch ABC Daytime’s “The View” in 1997 and spent nine years as co-host and moderator of the critically acclaimed chatfest. “The View” won the Emmy award for Outstanding Talk Show in 2003 during Vieira’s tenure. Vieira started at ABC in 1993 when she became the chief correspondent for ABC News’ “Turning Point.”
Prior to her time at ABC, Vieira spent more than ten years at CBS News where she served as principal correspondent for CBS News’ “West 57th,” co-editor at “60 Minutes” and a contributing correspondent for the primetime series “Verdict,” reporting on actual courtroom trials.
Vieira kicked off her career in 1975 as a news announcer for WORC-Radio in Worcester, Massachusetts. She moved on to be a reporter and anchor at WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, and soon after, made the jump to New York City, where she was a reporter for three years at WCBS-TV.
Vieira’s list of television credits includes appearances on “30 Rock,” “Extreme Makeover Home Edition,” “Ghost Hunters,” “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” “The Practice” and the British show “Doctor Who.” She had a cameo in the 2004 remake of the feature film “The Stepford Wives,” made a cameo appearance as a news reporter in “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” and an appearance as Broomsy Witch in “Shrek Forever After.” She also appeared as herself in the 2010 film “Get Him to the Greek.”
Vieira is a frequent contributor to several charitable foundations, including the New York chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which she serves on the board. She also is active with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, Children’s Miracle Network and Clown Care, a program that coordinates hospital visits from specifically trained clowns.
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Vieira received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She and her husband, journalist and author Richard Cohen have been married since 1986. They live in Irvington, NY with their three children, Ben, Gabe and Lily.