Professional since 1975, Meredith Vieira, an American broadcast journalist, and television personality got a breakthrough to success as moderator of The View (1997- 2006).
Formerly, the 60 Minutes correspondent, Vieira’s fortune received further aid after she became the host of the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2002- 2013) and Today (2006-2011).
What Is Meredith Vieira Currently Doing?
Since 2019, 66-year-old Vieira hosts the syndicated weekday game show 25 Words or Less.
Moreover, she serves as a contributing anchor in NBC’s TV newsmagazine show Dateline NBC (2006- Present) alongside Kate Snow and Natalie Morales; as for a fact, since 2011, Lester Holt is working as its anchor.
Vieira Is A Millionaire: Net Worth & Salary?
With over 4 decades as a TV personality, Meredith’s venture in many shows of ABC News, CBS, and NBC News, has garnered her million dollars shower.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Meredith Vieira has a net worth of $40 million as of April 2020.
All thanks to her notable career in ABC’s The View (1997- 2006) as a moderator that earned her $500,000 per year. In 2002, the TV journalist’s salary rose up to $5 million after she announced to join Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
In 2002, the Providence, Rhode Island-born TV personality joined as host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire & later became concurrently the co-anchor of Today (The Today Show) in 2006 alongside Matt Lauer.
Reported, she made $15 million in 2006, through the areer in those two aforementioned shows.
As per IMDB, from 2007 to 2009, Meredith earned a salary of $10 million per year from Today (2006- 2011).
Later, during Vieira’s last year in Today, her payroll rose up to $11 million in 2011.
Did you know? She served as host & executive producer of her own show The Meredith Vieira Show (2014- 2016); it reportedly earned her $5 million-a-year.
Career Began Through Local Radio Station & TV Channel
The 1971 graduate of Tufts University, Meredith started broadcasting through Worcester, Massachusetts-based radio station, WORC in 1975.
Thereafter, she became anchor & local reporter for WJAR-TV and subsequently became an investigative reporter in WCBS-TV (1979- 1982).
Breakthrough To Success
In 1982, Vieira joined the CBS News & worked for 2 years as Chicago based reporter for CBS till 1984 & later became correspondent of West 57th (1985- 1989).
In 1989, she became a part-time correspondent of 60 Minutes but was fired in 1993. From 1992 to 1993, Meredith was co-anchor of CBS Morning News with John Roberts.
After moving to ABC, the American TV personality served as correspondent of Turning Point (1993- 1997) & became a moderator of The View in 1997 throughout 2006 & left the channel.
As for a fact, while at ABC, she hosted the first syndicated version of TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2002- 2013) & was succeeded by Cedric the Entertainer.
Did you know? For her work in the game show, ‘Millionaire’ Vieira won Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2005; she became 2nd female to achieve it after Betty White for Just Men! (1983).
Joined NBC News & Career Journey
In April 2006, Meredith Vieira joined the NBC News & by September that year, she succeed Katie Couric as co-anchor of the channel’s morning TV show Today.
There, she worked until June 2011.
Moreover, since 2006, the TV personality serves as a contributing anchor in Dateline NBC.
In June 2011, the TV personality became NBC News special correspondent & also served as correspondent of Rock Center with Brian Williams (October 31, 2011 -June 21, 2013).
She covered the 2014 Winter Olympics for NBC.
Furthermore, Meredith was co-host of PBS’ week-long Royal Wedding Watch with Matt Baker in May 2018, covering the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Real Estates: What Properties She Owns & Her Residence?
Currently, Meredith Vieira lives in Irvington, Westchester County, New York, with her husband Richard M. Cohen.
As per Variety, the TV journalist paid $2.1 million in June 2000 for a 2.08-acre estate in the Hudson River-side enclave of Irvington.
Furthermore, the former The Today Show host owns a midcentury contemporary house in Hollywood Hills. She & her husband bought the 3-bedroom & 2-bathroom property spread on nearly 1,800- sq. ft. for a reported $1.115 million in August 2012.
The West Coast home also features vaulted ceilings, two fireplaces and offers a view of the city & mountains.
According to Variety, she has another property in New York, a penthouse spread on 2,500 sq. ft. in Eldorado building on Central Park West, purchased in December 2014, for an undisclosed sum.
But it is reported that 3-4 bedroom & 4 bathrooms property was lastly in the market for $8.85 million, after the first listing of $10.3 million in September 2013 failed to lure a buyer.
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Supports Charitable Organizations
Meredith is an active charity worker & has associations with many non-profit organizations:
- Adrienne Shelly Foundation
- Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
- Human Rights First
- Love Our Children USA
- Save the Children
Mother Of 3 Children: Who Is Her Husband?
Meredith is the mother of 3 children with her husband Richard M. Cohen, a journalist for CBS News. Reportedly, Cohen teaches journalism at Columbia University.
She & Richard married on June 14, 1986, and are together ever since. They are parents to 2 sons: Benjamin (born. 1989) & Gabriel Anthony (b. 1991) and a daughter named Lily Max (b. 1993).
Reportedly, her husband has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis since the age of 25.
Moreover, Cohen already underwent 2 surgeries for colon cancer; one in 1999 & another in 2000. Since the second surgery, he is considered free of cancer.
Meredith Louise Vieira was born on December 30, 1953, in Providence, Rhode Island, the USA. She is the youngest of 4 children of Edwin Vieira, a medical doctor and Mary Elsie, a homemaker.
Vieira has 3 elder brothers: Edwin, Steve and Jeff.
Raised a Roman Catholic, Meredith attended Lincoln School, an all-girls school in Providence & graduated in 1971. Then, she enrolled at Tufts University & obtained a degree in English in 1975.
An American by nationality, Meredith Vieira hails from mixed ethnicity; she has Portuguese American ancestry.