Maria Shriver Job at NBC Restored

Maria Shriver has been named a "special anchor" on NBC News this week, the network announced on Tuesday.

The former California first lady will appear on various NBC programming, including but not limited to the "Today" show, CNBC, and NBC Sports.

Furthermore, Shriver will serve as an editor at large on women's issues for NBC.

It will not be the first time Shriver has worked for the network. During her career from 1986 to 2004, the journalist was co-anchor for NBC's Emmy-winning coverage of the 1998 Summer Olympics.

However, Shriver took "an extended leave of absence" from NBC over concerns that her position as first lady of California while her then-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor would conflict with her position, according to The Washington Post.

"The truth is I never took a leave from journalism," the mother of four wrote on her blog. "I just took my reporter's skills and used them in other arenas."

This time at NBC, Shriver will cover news programs that affect the women as well as "Architects of Change," individuals who are facilitating change in society, technology, media, science, business, faith, and politics.

"I'm passionate about the need to shine a light on women's evolving roles as providers, parents, caretakers, and caregivers- the pressures they face and how our society might adapt to support them," the journalist noted in the blog post.

Looking ahead, Shriver wrote that she is "going forward."

"I feel blessed to be doing so with faith- faith in television, faith in the news business, and faith in myself," wrote the news anchor on "I hope you'll join me."

A member of the Kennedy family, Shriver is also the author of six best-selling books. She has received the Peabody Award, among several other accolades for work in television and journalism.

The news anchor executive produced "The Alzheimer's Project," which aired on HBO and earned her two Emmy Awards as well as an Academy of the Arts & Sciences Award.