Maria Shriver

Maria  Shriver

Maria Shriver is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, as well as a six-time New York Times best-selling author and an NBC News Special Anchor covering women's changing roles, power, and needs in modern life. Maria produces socially conscious television, books, films, and digital media with the goal of enlightening, motivating, and igniting hearts and minds in a conversation that will have a beneficial impact on the world. Shriver's work is motivated by her idea that we all have the power to be Architects of Change, people who recognize a problem in their own lives or in the community around them, then move outside of their comfort zone and do whatever it takes to solve it. MariaShriver.com is a website that offers life stories and life lessons from Architects of Change, with the goal of motivating individuals to utilize their own ideas, influence, and initiative to make a difference in the world. Maria is a strong champion for Alzheimer's disease families across the United States.

Sargent Shriver, her father, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003 and died in 2011 at the age of 95. Shriver co-executive produced the Emmy Award-winning four-part HBO documentary series The Alzheimer's Project in 2009, which brought the awful disease to millions of people's attention. Grandfather, Do You Know Who I Am? is one of the series' films. Shriver testified before the United States Senate in 2009.

The Senate Special Committee on Aging wants Congress to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority. Shriver's advocacy was crucial in the approval of the National Alzheimer's Project Act in December 2010. Shriver is also a member of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's advisory board and continues to advocate for patients and their families.