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Ann Curry makes debut as 'Today' co-anchor

Ann Curry had her first day Thursday as co-anchor with Matt Lauer on television's top-rated morning show. Her predecessor, Meredith Vieira, had an on-air going-away party Wednesday.

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In this photo released by NBC, 'Today' show co-host Matt Lauer congratulates Ann Curry on her first day at the anchor desk on the 'Today' show, on June 9, in New York.

After 14 years as the understudy, Ann Curry is in the big chair now at NBC's "Today" show.

She had her first day Thursday as co-anchor with Matt Lauer on television's top-rated morning show. Her predecessor, Meredith Vieira, had an on-air going-away party Wednesday.

Curry has been on the show since 1997 as the regular newsreader, and has filled in as co-host dozens of times.

She referred to that in her opening, saying, "I'm Ann Curry, in for I guess nobody this morning — me, myself and I. It's nice to be able to say that, isn't it?"

Lauer welcomed her, saying she had already been on the show so long that "it's a little bit like a member of the family moving to a new seat at the table."

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