Meredith Vieira Biography
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Meredith Vieira is an American journalist and television personality who is the host of the syndicated game show 25 Words or Less from Fox Television Stations.
She was the original moderator of The View, an ABC talk show (from 1997 to 2006). She also co-hosted the NBC News morning news program, Today (2006–2011).
Meredith Vieira Age
Vieira is 69 years as of 2022. She was born on December 30, 1953, in Providence, Rhode Island, United States.
Meredith Vieira Height
Vieira stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches.
Meredith Vieira Parents
Vieira is the daughter of Mary Elsie (Rosa), a homemaker, and Edwin Vieira, a medical doctor. Both of her parents were first-generation Portuguese Americans. She is the couple’s last child as well as their only daughter.
The family lived in East Providence where Vieira was raised. All four of her grandparents came from the Azores—three from one of the nine islands in the archipelago (Faial Island). They moved to New England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and settled around Providence, Rhode Island.
Meredith Vieira Siblings
Vieira has three older siblings; all brothers. Their names are; Jeff Vieira, Steve Vieira, and Edwin Vieira. Their family name Vieira means “scallop” in Portuguese.
Meredith Vieira Husband
Richard Cohen Meredith Vieira
Vieira is married to journalist and former senior producer for CBS News and CNN, Richard Merrill Cohen (Richard M. Cohen). The couple got married on June 14th, 1986. They live in Irvington, Westchester County, New York, and have three grown-up children.
Meredith Vieira Husband Health
Cohen has suffered from multiple sclerosis since he was 25 years old. He has also had two bouts of colon cancer, one in 1999 and the other a year later.
Meredith Vieira and her husband Richard Cohen on the Battle with MS
Linked below is an article on people.com where Meredith talks about her husband’s battle with MS.
Meredith Vieira Children
Vieira and her husband Cohen, have three children together: two sons and a daughter. Their firstborn is named Benjamin Edwin Cohen born in 1989, followed by their younger son Gabriel Anthony Cohen born in 1991.
The couple’s lastborn is their daughter who is named Lily Max Cohen She was born in 1993. The younger son, Gabe Cohen, is a reporter for KOMO-TV in Seattle, Washington. He also formerly worked at KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington.
Meredith Vieira Education
She is a graduate of both the Lincoln School, a Quaker all-girls school in Providence (1971), and Tufts University in 1975. From the university, she earned a degree in English.
Meredith Vieira The View
Meredith served as the original moderator and co-host of ABC’s daytime talk show The View from its debut on August 11, 1997, until June 9, 2006. She was responsible for opening and closing each of the show’s live episodes, introducing “Hot Topics,” guiding conversations and breaking to commercials.
On her final episode of The View, Meredith’s co-hosts gave her a roast to commemorate her departure. In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Meredith explained what led her to become The View’s moderator by making the following statement:
“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.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Meredith Vieira
Who wants to be a millionaire is an international television game show franchise of British origin, created by David Briggs, Mike Whitehill, and Steven Knight, and is currently owned and licensed by Sony Pictures Television.
At the show, large cash prizes are offered for correctly answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing (or, in some cases, random) difficulty. The maximum cash prize in the original British version was one million pounds.
Meredith was the host of the first eleven syndicated seasons of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from September 16, 2002, to November 2012. Throughout the show, she hosted more than 1,800 episodes and offered a vast multitude of contestants a combined total of over $70,000,000.
The Meredith Vieira Show
In July 2013, Meredith announced that she would begin hosting her own syndicated afternoon daytime talk show, The Meredith Vieira Show, which would start in September 2014, produced by NBC Universal Television Distribution.
It was however announced on January 4, 2016, that the show would be ending after two seasons. The talk show had been aired on September 8, 2014, and ended on May 20, 2016, with 290 episodes.
Meredith Vieira Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer was a co-host of NBC’s Today show with Meredith. He was also a contributor for Dateline NBC and he also hosted the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1998 to 2017 and co-hosted the opening ceremonies of several Olympic Games. In late 2017, he was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior after a colleague brought up the complaint.
Speaking on the issue in May 2018, Meredith described Matt Lauer’s sexual scandal as being heartbreaking. At the end of November 2017, Matt was fired by NBC News they received a detailed complaint from the accused’s colleague.
Meredith Vieira’s Net Worth
Vieira has an estimated net worth of $40 million.