I’ve always been fascinated with people’s stories — lives of triumph and adversity, stories about women and men impacting the world with their voices and their lives. That’s why I chose a career in journalism way back when: to report stories that informed, inspired, and got people thinking.
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.
As a special anchor, I’ll be working across multiple NBCUniversal properties and NBC News programs. I’ll also be serving as an Editor at Large for women’s issues across the NBC News Digital properties, working with the teams to expand on editorial content and news programming that touches on women’s multi-faceted lives.
I will also be profiling people I like to call “Architects of Change,” groundbreaking women and men who are pushing the boundaries of society, technology, media, science, business, faith and politics.
I’m excited to partner with old friends I’ve known forever — and the new friends I’ve already made — to amplify the work that I’ve dedicated myself to over the last decade.
As many of you know, I’m passionate about the need to shine a light on women’s evolving roles as providers, parents, caretakers, and caregivers — the pressures they face and how our society might adapt to support them.
I’m fascinated by men’s evolving roles and how these are emerging. I’m inspired all the time by Architects of Change who influence me with their ideas and their actions.
I am grateful that my new role at NBC News allows me the freedom to continue working on outside projects — books, films, events, public appearances — and follow my voice and my interests wherever they may take me.
I will continue to post my thoughts and reflections right here on MariaShriver.com. This site will continue to be a platform for sharing the lessons of our lives, only now with the added megaphone that NBC provides.
So today I’m going forward. And I feel blessed to be doing so with faith — faith in television, faith in the news business, and faith in myself.
I hope you’ll join me.