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NBC's Today Show to air November 3 interview with Presiding Bishop
Jefferts Schori recognized among magazine's 'women of the year'

11/2/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  NBC's Today Show will air on Friday morning, November 3, an interview with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, program officials have confirmed.

Viewers should tune in to local NBC network channels by 8:30 a.m. local time, a producer said, in case the segment, slated to air at 8:44 a.m. local time, is shifted in the schedule. The program airs daily 7-10 a.m.

The interview -- conducted by Today Show co-anchor Meredith Vieira -- was pre-recorded on October 30 in the chapel of the General Theological Seminary in New York City.

Further information -- and possibly the interview itself -- will be posted online at http://www.msnbc.com and http://www.nbc.com, the producer said.

The interview airs the morning before Jefferts Schori's November 4 Investiture as 26th Presiding Bishop in a liturgy set to begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The liturgy will be webcast live via http://www.episcopalchurch.org. More about Jefferts Schori is online via new web pages featuring her ministry at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/pb.

The Today Show also shared in covering an October 30 Carnegie Hall tribute to the major global relief and development work and other achievements of 10-plus "Women of the Year" identified by Glamour magazine. The honorees are featured in the magazine's December issue.

In addition to the Presiding Bishop, the honorees are:

  • Actor Sandra Bullock, for her "Get Educated" initiative and tsunami and hurricane responses;
  • Environmental advocate Laurie David, for her campaign against global warming;
  • Illinois congressional candidate Major Tammy Duckworth, for courage in sustaining the loss of both legs when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq;
  • Fashion model Imam, for her leadership of Keep a Child Alive HIV/AIDS relief in Africa;
  • Tennis legend Billie Jean King, for her strides in girls' education and Title IX legislation;
  • Entertainment icon Queen Latifah for her empowerment of young women;
  • Cambodian hero Somaly Mam, for rescuing at least 3,000 girls from sex-slavery brothels;
  • Italian fashion designers Angela, Marherita and Rosita Missoni, for inspiring design work;
  • Legally blind athlete Rachael Scdoris, for completing the 1,150-mile Iditarod dog-sled race;
  • The nearly 203,000 women currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The late Ann Richards, a former governor of Texas, was also honored posthumously. Both honoree Queen Latifah and award presenter Barbara Walters told the audience that each would donate $150,000 to Mam's work of rescuing Cambodian girls sold into sex slavery. More about the honors is available here.