Current Media Position:
In addition, she reports on news stories for ABC News broadcasts, including the network's newsmagazine programs.
Significance to the Media Industry:
Not many TV journalists manage to work for all three broadcast news divisions, but Couric has accomplished that feat by hosting NBC's Today show for 15 years before jumping to CBS News for five years. She landed at ABC in 2011.
Katie Couric's Early Career:
Next came a reporting job at WTVJ in Miami, from 1984-86. The station was a CBS affiliate at the time Couric was there. Then in 1987, Couric joined NBC O&O station WRC in Washington. With that move, she had already been connected with all three networks.
That put Couric in the perfect position to move from local TV news to the NBC network news division. In 1989, she joined NBC News as a correspondent at the Pentagon and soon began filling in on the Today show.
During the 1991 Persian Gulf War, when more Americans were watching TV news, Couric substituted for co-anchor Deborah Norville, who was on maternity leave. When Norville didn't return, Couric was already a familiar face and slid easily into the permanent slot where she would spend the next 15 years, first with Bryant Gumbel and later, Matt Lauer.
When she originally hosted Today, she was called "Katherine Couric". She later began using the nickname "Katie".
Couric made headlines in the 2008 presidential campaign when she interviewed then-Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. While some said Couric was too harsh in her questioning of Palin, others said she simply exposed Palin's weaknessess on the national stage.
But despite the complaints about the interview and the lightweight news persona that Couric is accused of having, the CBS Evening News won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2008.
The awards Couric won at CBS and her hard-hitting interview of Palin positioned her as someone with proven skills beyond her success at Today. When she announced her departure from CBS News in 2011, she had enhanced her resume and reputation, if not the ratings.
Couric has always straddled the line between hard news and soft features. Even when she was at NBC, she occasionally filled in on NBC Nightly News. At CBS, she reported for 60 Minutes, considered the alter of hard news, investigative reporting.
Couric has two daughters. Her husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998. Couric's sister, Virginia state Sen. Emily Couric, died of pancreatic cancer in 2001.
To bring awareness of cancer, Couric underwent a televised colonoscopy and a mammogram in the years she was on Today.