Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver watches her older brother, Bobby Shriver, address supporters at a campaign event in Santa Monica. (Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times / February 22, 2014)

By Catherine Saillant
February 22, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

NBC correspondent Maria Shriver said she sees no need to step down from her news job while campaigning for her brother, Bobby Shriver, a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

“I’ve been a journalist for 30 years,” she said Saturday, during the opening of her brother’s campaign headquarters in Santa Monica. “I know where the lines are drawn.”

In 2004, after her then-husband Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California, Maria Shriver asked to be relieved of her duties as a “Dateline” correspondent, citing the network’s concerns about a conflict of interest.

She returned to NBC last year, anchoring special reports about the changing role of women in American life. At her brother’s event Saturday, she said she has campaigned for family members her entire life and Bobby’s run was no different.

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