Apr 30, 2013 11:17 AM EDT

Maria Shriver rejoins NBC News as special anchor for women's issues

Maria Shriver is returning to her job as a reporter after getting an offer from NBC news for a special anchor position with the network.

Shriver will report on women's issues across NBCUniversal platforms, focusing specifically on the shifting roles and power dynamics of the modern woman, the network said in a statement

"I've always believed that television can inspire and elevate humanity, and that's my mission with this new partnership," Shriver said in a press release. "I look forward to shining a light on all areas of a woman's experience - from faith and finances, wellness and work, to relationships and the new realities of modern life- and exploring these issues in a way that brings the voices of men into these critically important conversations."

Shriver is a Peabody Award winning journalist who previously worked for NBC News from 1986 until 2004. She left her job there to concentrate on her role as first lady of California when her former husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was governor.

Shriver said her mission with the new NBC job is to inspire and elevate humanity. The mother of four will be based in Los Angeles and will keep her own production company operating.

In addition to anchor position, NBC will air the award-winning series Shriver Reports. The next episode will air in early 2014 and deal with financial insecurity among women and families. Shriver will also be Editor at Large of NBC News' digital properties and work to expand content and programming  "that touches on women's multi-faceted lives."

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