She was born in Chicago, Illinois, as the first child of the politician Sargent Shriver and his wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Her mother is a sister of the assassinated American President John F. Kennedy.
She has been a TV news reporter for NBC's Dateline since 1989. She formerly co-anchored CBS Morning News. She has won Peabody and Emmy awards and is the author of two best-selling books: What's Heaven and Ten Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World.