Maria Shriver was born in Chicago in Illinois, USA. She is a mother, producer, a Peabody and Emmy Award–winning journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. She is the founder of Shriver Media. As California's first lady from 2003 to 2010, Shriver advocated for women, the working poor, military families and the disabled. In 2009, Shriver launched The Shriver Report, a non-partisan initiative that raises awareness around the issues women and their families face. Shriver is also a leading Alzheimer's advocate, and the founder of the Women's Alzheimer's Movement; in 2017, Shriver was awarded the Alzheimer's Association's lifetime achievement award.