Ann Curry

Curry in 2010, lev radin /

Place of Birth: Agana, Guam (now Hagåtña, Guam)

Date of Birth: November 19, 1956

*father – English, Irish, Scottish, German
*mother – Japanese

Ann Curry is an American television personality, journalist, and photojournalist.

Ann was born in Guam, the daughter of Hiroe (Nagase) and Robert Paul Curry. She is married to software executive Brian Ross, with whom she has two children. Curry is the surname of Ann’s step-grandfather Everet Curry.

Ann’s father was an American, from Pueblo, Colorado, and served in the U.S. Navy. He had English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry. He is also said to have had French and Cherokee Native American roots. It is not clear if this French and/or Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Ann’s mother is Japanese.

Her parents met during the U.S. occupation of Japan after World War II. Her father, a career navy sailor, was working as a streetcar conductor in Japan. Ann was raised in Sasebo, Nagasaki and Ashland, Oregon. She has said, “my face announces to the world that I come from a long line of very open-minded lovers.”

Ann has traveled to Japan to find her mother’s ancestry. Her journey can be seen here.

Ann’s paternal grandfather was Charles Earl/Edward Wright (the son of David A. “Dick” Wright and Margaret Hill). Charles was born in Montrose, Colorado. Margaret was the daughter of William Henry Hill, who was born in Devonshire, England, and of Margaret Ann Casey, who was Irish. William and Margaret were homesteaders in Colorado. Ann did not know the identity of her grandfather until her appearance on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2019).

Ann’s paternal grandmother was Edith Eva Thompson (the daughter of Calvin S. Thompson and Mary V. Simmons). Edith was born in Kansas. Calvin was the son of Caleb Phillip Thompson and Sarah Pryor. Mary was the daughter of George Wesley Simmons and Sarah A. “Sally” Wimer/Wimmer.

Source: Genealogy of Ann Curry (focusing on her father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

6 Responses

  1. LizzieLana says:

    It’s Hagåtña, not Agana.

  2. pookerella says:

    In her interview she states she grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

  3. levangelista36 says:

    Oh, she quit the Today Show. Ahhh.

  4. levangelista36 says:

    Wikipedia says her father, Bob Curry, is of Irish, Scottish, German, French, and Cherokee descent and that her mother is Japanese.

    Wikipedia is not reliable nor a credible source, but it does have a source for this. You should check it out just in case there is some extra information there.

    Either way, she’s still Eurasian. Haha. But I just thought you might be interested if there was more to her father’s side.

  5. levangelista36 says:

    Why has she been in the news so often lately?

    I figured she was Eurasian.

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