Meredith Vieira is an American journalist and television show host, who has appeared on numerous talk shows over the past three decades. Vieira is best known for her work on the ABC talk show ‘The View’, co-hosting the NBC show ‘Today’ as well as being the second host for the American show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’. Vieira currently continues to work for various programs on the NBC network. Her work in the television industry has compiled her an approximate net worth of $40 million dollars.
Vieira was born on December 30th, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island where she spent most of her early years growing up. She attended university in Medford, Massachusetts at Tufts University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1975. Vieira started her career in broadcasting during that year, but it wasn’t until 1982 that she gained recognition. Vieira worked as a CBS broadcaster in Chicago from 1982 to 1984 before moving on to work for three CBS series: ‘West 57th’, ’60 Minutes’ and ‘CBS Morning News’. Vieira left CBS in 1993 after nine years with the network.
Vieira began working with the network ABC in 1994 as a correspondent for their program ‘Turning Point’ until the year 1999. She continued working with the network, switching to their most recognized show ‘The View’ in 1997, in which she hosted for nine years until 2006. During this period, Vieira also participated in numerous other projects including the Lifetime Network’s series ‘Intimate Portraits’ from 1995 to 2004 and ABC’s own game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ from 2002 until 2013. During Vieira’s eleven years with the game show, she also helped to produce the show as the co-executive producer from 2005 until she left the program in 2013.
Vieira departed from The View in 2006 to take a position as co-anchor of NBC’s show ‘Today’ and ‘Dateline NBC’ while she continued to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. In 2011, she departed as co-host from Today but remained with the program as a special correspondent. Currently, Vieira continues to host Dateline NBC as well as making various appearances on the network.