BEVERLY HILLS — Sometime next year, you'll meet Ann Curry again.
The former Today anchor, who famously bid the show a tearful goodbye back in 2012, is returning to TV as host of new PBS series We'll Meet Again. The six-part series, due in January, explores dramatic historic events through the eyes of people who went through them and who now want to reunite with someone who helped them survive.
The stories range from a Japanese-American woman who wanted to thank the classmate who stood by her when she was interned in 1942 to a Vietnam War baby who wants to find her American father.
The show, Curry told the Television Critics Association Sunday, is a chance to see history through the eye of people on the front lines, who "through adversity have to find a way to survive, and pull together to get through it."
"I was looking for a wonderful way to do meaningful journalism, and that's what this is. ... These kinds of stories are sorely needed now. Knowing about the potential of compassion, knowing about the value of courage, these kind of stories, I think, are really important right now."
Curry spent decades, of course, telling stories on NBC. So what's it like to work elsewhere?
"Its been fun to be independent, because then you can really focus on what you want to do, and that's been a true joy. It's been definitely different, but what's great about it is I can feel like I'm working on things that are meaningful more consistently. I'm trying to do stories that I think are needed now, and that's actually been lovely."
So what does she think of the stories her former NBC co-workers are doing now? "I get most of my news from print these days," Curry says.