In a feature article, The Hollywood Reporter chronicled Vieira's enduring media career (with stints in radio and TV news) and theorized the TV personality's mass appeal to audiences (she's hardworking and professional, but also knows when to back off from a job).
But the article is also worth reading for the telling peeks into what Vieira is like off-camera. Among the surprising details are:
"One of the things you need to know about Meredith is that Meredith kisses," Matt Lauer tells me in a serious tone. "On the lips."
Vieira also has a subversive streak. ... To this day, every time she is at NBC -- she has remained a news correspondent there -- she sneaks into Lauer's dressing room and scribbles profanities on his mirror. "If I see her in the makeup room or in the studio," says Lauer, "I know that when I walk into my dressing room she will have taken her lipstick and written something completely vile on my mirror. Meredith has an edge."