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Katie Couric Bio


A photo of ABC television personality Katie Couric

Katie Couric is now at ABC, after working for both NBC and CBS.

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Current Media Position:

Katie Couric is global news anchor for Yahoo, works for ABC News and hosts a syndicated talk show, called Katie, that premiered in the fall of 2012. It will end its run in 2014.

In addition, she reports on news stories for ABC News broadcasts, including the network's newsmagazine programs.

Significance to the Media Industry:

Katie Couric became the first woman to solo anchor a network evening newscast when she took the seat at the CBS Evening News in 2006.

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.

As global news anchor for Yahoo, Couric is leaving the traditional roles she held at NBC, CBS and ABC to test whether a well-known tv personality can cross over into online media and have the same impact amid infinite competition. So far, the answer isn't clear.

Katie Couric's Early Career:

Katie Couric began her career in 1979 at the Washington, DC bureau of ABC News, so her career has come full circle with her return to that network. She later worked on the assignment desk at CNN.

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".

Career Highlights:

One of Katie Couric's career highlights has to be her paycheck. CBS gave her a five-year deal with a $15 million annual salary to lure her from NBC. But while she brought flash, and critics say fluff, to what had been the most traditional of the three network evening newscasts, she failed to bring bigger ratings.

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.

Personal Information:

Katie Couric was born January 7, 1957, in Arlington, Virginia. Her father worked in newspapers and public relations. Couric graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in English.

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.

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