Meredith VieiraMeredith Vieira
(born December 30
) is the host of a network talk show
, a syndicated game show
, and a cable biography series
on American television
The talk show is ABC's The View, which she moderates and co-hosts with Barbara Walters, Joy Behar and Star Jones. Vieira has been its moderator since the show's inception in 1997.
She also performs hosting duties for the U.S. syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was a 2002 spin-off of the U.S. broadcast version hosted by Regis Philbin.
The cable show is Lifetime's Intimate Portrait, which covers the lives of women in art, entertainment, politics, business, science, journalism and sports. She has hosted that show since 1999.
Prior to her various hosting duties, she first came to national recognition as a CBS reporter and correspondent for news magazine shows such as 60 Minutes. She moved to ABC initially as a news journalist, but made the career switch when, as she recalls:
- Once I realized I was a reporter who didn't want to report because it required a tremendous amount of travel, nobody was too interested in having me work for them. I had to reinvent myself.
Vieira was born in Providence, Rhode Island
. She began her career in 1975
as a news announcer for WORC radio in Worcester, Massachusetts
, after graduating magna cum laude
from Tufts University
- Divided Lives: The Public and Private Struggles of Three American Women (ISBN 038548447X).