Maria Shriver, who left NBC News in 2004 after she took a more visible role as first lady in her then-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration as California governor, has officially come home. NBC announced Tuesday she has rejoined the network as a "special anchor" focusing on women's issues.

Shriver also announced her return during yesterday's "Today" show, to which she'll contribute.

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Shriver, 57, has filed for divorce from Schwarzenegger. She is expected to remain in California, where she runs a documentary production company.

After a long career that began in local TV in Philadelphia, in 1987 Shriver joined NBC News, where she became one of the news division's stand-out stars -- most notably as a "Nightly News" weekend anchor, and "Dateline NBC" contributor and anchor.

She resigned in February, 2004 saying at the time that "After much soul-searching, I have asked to be relieved of my duties at NBC News," though the news division president Neil Shapiro -- now president of WNET/13 -- called her departure "an extended leave of absence."

Published reports at the time said that Shriver, a high-profile newswoman, had played a role in California budget talks.

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In a statement Tuesday, the network said, "through a series of special projects, prime-time reports and appearances across multiple NBCUniversal properties -- including NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports -- Shriver will examine the profound impact that women's rising influence and leadership has had on all aspects of American culture and society."