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Maria Shriver returns to NBC News as a 'special anchor'

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 GOP governor of California, has officially come home: NBC announced a little while ago that she has rejoined the network as a "special anchor" focusing on women's issues.

In a statement, Shriver — who spent a decade at NBC News, including as weekend anchor of "Nightly" — said: “I’ve always believed that television can inspire and elevate humanity, and that’s my mission with this new partnership. I look forward to shining a light on all areas of a woman's experience — from faith and finances, wellness and work, to relationships and the new realities of modern life — and exploring these issues in a way that brings the voices of men into these critically important conversations."

And per NBC:

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. In addition, she will serve as an Editor at Large for women's issues across the NBC News Digital properties, working with the teams to expand on editorial content and news programming that touches on women's multifaceted lives. Overall, the partnership with Shriver represents one of the largest commitments NBC News has made to coverage of women’s issues.

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