Maria Shriver was born on November 6, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were Sargent Shriver, a politician, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, whose brother was slain U.S. president John F. Kennedy. In 1977, Shriver graduated from Georgetown University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. Just after graduation, she began working in Philadelphia at the WKYW television station. Next, Shriver moved on to the CBS News bureau in Los Angeles. In 1983, she began work as a national reporter for "PM Magazine". Shriver then served as Forrest Sawyer's co-anchor on the CBS Morning News until the late 1980s (Steyn 14B).
On April 26, 1986, Shriver married Austrian born actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The marriage set off a media firestorm, Shriver came from the Kennedy family, staunch Democrats, while Schwarzenegger was a Republican stalwart. Certainly, a union between Shriver and Schwarzenegger, who came from such obviously different backgrounds, was unexpected. The two now have four children, and spilt their time between Los Angeles and Sacramento (Nicholas 5B).
In 1986, Shriver made a career move as well, as she joined the staff at NBC. During her eighteen plus years there, she held a variety of positions (Nicholas 5B). Shriver served as anchor for shows such as "Sunday Today," "Weekend Nightly News," and the children's show, "Main Street." She also substituted regularly as anchor on the "Today Show." Shriver also did reporting for the news program "Dateline," which earned her both an Emmy award, as well as a Peabody award for her report on Wisconsin welfare reform (http://www.firstlady.ca.gov).
In mid-2004, Shriver resigned from her position at NBC, citing a conflict of interest as her husband had been elected governor of California. Shriver felt that her own journalistic integrity, as well as that of NBC, would be jeopardized if she continued to work for the station as a reporter. Instead, ...