Famous American Journalist, activist, and author Maria Owings Shriver was born to Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver on 6th November 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. She is the niece of former American President John F Kennedy. Shriver completed her early education from Westland Middle School in Bethesda and earned a graduation from Stone Ridge College of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda in 1973. Shriver’s BA Degree was in American Studies which she received from Georgetown University in 1977. Shriver began her career as a news writer on KYW-TV in Philadelphia in 1977. She was introduced to actor and bodybuilder, by her colleague during that time, and they tied a knot on 26th April 1986.
Along with Forrest Sawyer, she anchored The CBC morning news from August 1985 till August 1986. She also worked as an anchor on NBC nightly news for a few years. Shriver became the First Lady of California after her husband’s victory in 2003 November 17 elections. Last Action Hero, a 1993 movie had Shriver playing herself in it. She appeared in an episode of a television series named That’s so Raven in 2006. After a few years of break, she returned to television as a host of a Panel Discussion, Larry King Live on CNN. In response to the excessive media coverage of Anna Nicole Smith, she told the media that she would not return to the news media. American Idealist, a documentary which featured the life, achievements and visions of her father Sergeant Shriver had Shriver as an executive producer.
Her mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver found an organization called ‘International Board of Special Olympics’ in 1968 in which Shriver was a member. Lovin’ Scoopful, an ice-cream company that she launched with her brother Tim Shriver, provides its benefits to Special Olympics. She was the Executive Producer of ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’ which is a documentary series. The series bagged two Emmy Awards. This series expressed how this disease affects the patient and the immediate society. One part of this series was based on Shriver’s own book.
She launched Shriver report in 2009 which described the role of American women workforce. Shriver report continued in coming years covering various issues. She returned to News media in 2003 and joined “Today.” After a long time relationship, Shriver and Schwarzenegger divorced on May 9, 2011. They had four children: Katherine, Christiana, Patrick, and Christopher. Shriver wasawarded Pathfinders to Peace award in 2009. She got Peabody awards for television journalism. Shriver authored six books which became bestsellers. Currently, she is working on “Today.”