Maria Shriver Returns to NBC News in New Role

Maria Shriver (Photo: Getty Images)

Maria Shriver is returning to NBC News after a nearly nine-year absence, the network announced Tuesday.

Shriver, 57, will have the title of “special anchor.” She will be seen on various NBC News broadcasts and platforms reporting on a single, but wide-ranging subject: Women’s issues.

She’ll also have the title of “editor at large” for women’s issues — which means she’ll have a great deal to say about how NBC News covers the evolving role of women in society, particularly on its many Web sites, NBC said.

Shriver and NBC News previously parted company in 2004 as she assumed her new role as First Lady of California with her husband, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Her life has changed a lot since Schwarzenegger’s two terms as governor ended in 2011. That was the year Schwarzenegger divulged that he had fathered a child with a housekeeper. Later that year, Shriver filed for divorce.

Before leaving NBC in 2004, Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family (she’s a niece of John, Robert and Edward Kennedy), had worked in the network’s news division since 1986.

The NBC announcement didn’t way when Shriver will first be seen on NBC under her new arrangement.

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