Birth Date: December 30, 1951 / Age: 65
Birth Place: Providence, Rhode Island
Biography: Meredith Vieira (born December 30, 1951) is the host of a network talk show, a syndicated game show, and a cable biography series on American television.
Vieira has been the moderator of ABC's The View, since 1997. She introduces the "Hot Topics," guides the conversations, and breaks to the commericals. She stars each show by saying "Hello! And welcome to The View," and ends each episode by saying "Take a little time and enjoy the view!"
She also performs hosting duties for the U.S. syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which was a 2002 spin-off of the U.S. broadcast version hosted by Regis Philbin. In 2005, Vieria won a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Game Show Host."
The cable show is Lifetime's Intimate Portrait, which covers the lives of women in art, entertainment, politics, business, science, journalism and sports. She has hosted that show since 1999.
Prior to her various hosting duties, she first came to national recognition as a CBS reporter and correspondent for news magazine shows such as "West 57th" and 60 Minutes. She moved to ABC initially as a news journalist, but made the career switch when, as she recalls:
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.
Vieira was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She began her career in 1975 as a news announcer for WORC radio in Worcester, Massachusetts, after graduating magna cum laude from Tufts University.