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Early life and career
Katherine Couric was born in Arlington, Virginia, and the niece of Elinor Tullie (née Hene), a homemaker and part-time writer, and John Martin Couric, Jr., a public relations executive and news editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the United Press in Washington, D.C. Her mother was Jewish and converted to Presbyterianism before the marriage. Bert Hene and Clara L. Frohsin, Couric's maternal grandparents, were the descendants of Jewish emigrants from Germany. Couric's father was of French, English, Scottish, and German roots. She was raised Presbyterian. She traced her patrilineal ancestry back to a French orphanage who immigrated to the United States in the 19th century and became a cotton broker in the cotton trade in a Today article.
Couric taught at Arlington Public Schools: Williamsburg Middle School, Williamsburg Middle School, and Yorktown High School, as a cheerleader. She interned at Washington, D.C.'s all-news radio station WAVA as an undergraduate. In 1975, she attended her father's alma mater, the University of Virginia, and was a Delta Delta Delta Delta sorority sister. Couric spent time at The Cavalier Daily, UVA's award-winning daily newspaper. Couric was selected Senior Resident (SR) of The Lawn, the heart of Thomas Jefferson's Academic Village, during her fourth year at UVA. She earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1979.
Couric began working at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C., and then joined CNN as an assignment editor. She spent 1984 to 1986 for the then-CBS affiliate WTVJ in Miami, Florida. She worked for WRC-TV, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Washington, D.C., earning her an Associated Press award and an Emmy during her two years as a journalist.
Couric joined NBC News in 1989 as a Deputy Pentagon Correspondent. Couric served as an anchor substitute from 1989 to 1991. Janet Gumbel as host of Today; Boyd Matson, Garrick Utley, Mary Alice Williams, and Maria Shriver as co-anchor of Sunday Today; and Connie Chung, Bob Jamieson, John Palmer, Norville, Faith Daniels, Margaret Larson, and Ann Curry as anchor of the former NBC News affiliate at Sunrise; and Bryant Gumbel as co-anchor. On Today, she also substituted Daniels, Norville, and John Palmer as the news anchor.
During Couric's Today interview with presidential candidate Ross Perot on June 11, 1992, viewer phone calls were included. When a phone caller slipped the following question by the program's tech team, she deflected his bewilderment: "Have you ever had the inclination to mind-meld with Howard Stern's penis?"
Couric returned to NBC to co-host the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies with Mike Tirico, as well as additional Winter Olympics coverage and celebrity interviews. She suggested, erroneously, that the Dutch use their skates as a common mode of transportation in wintertime, triggering outrage and sarcastication from the US Embassy in the Netherlands and others. Couric apologised that her intended compliment did not "come out" as expected, which the Embassy acknowledged, and she was taken to the Netherlands for a tour.
Couric joined Today as a national political reporter in 1989, becoming a substitute co-host in February 1991, when Norville went on maternity leave. On April 5, 1991, Norville did not return and Couric became a permanent co-anchor. She co-anchor of Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric, an evening time television newsmagazine for Tom Brokaw, where she later became the anchor and co-anchor of Dateline NBC, where her reports appeared on a regular basis and she was named the anchor. She appeared on Today and NBC News for fifteen years before deciding that she would return to CBS to anchor the CBS Evening News, becoming the first female anchor of the "big three" weekday nightly news broadcasts.
On NBC Nightly News, Couric occasionally filled in for Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams. On the Weekend Edition of NBC Nightly News, Couric served in for Maria Shriver, Garrick Utley, and later John Seigenthaler. In addition, she appeared as a host of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1991 to 2005 during her time on Today. Couric's Bob Woodward about the Clinton "Chinagate" controversy: "Are members of the media, Bob, too scandal-obsessed, looking for something at every corner," Couric asked.
Couric appeared or appeared on a number of television shows, including Everybody's Business: America's Children, in 1995. Legend to Legend Night: A Celebrity Cavalcade in 1993, and Harry Potter: Behind the Magic in 2001. Couric has also co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Starting with the 2000 Summer Olympics, she has volunteered with Bob Costas.
Couric has interviewed many international politicians and celebrities, including president Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Couric's first and last interviews with John F. Kennedy Jr.
Couric has received numerous television journalism awards throughout her career, including the coveted Peabody Award for her series Confronting Colon Cancer. In addition, Couric has interviewed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (her first television interview), Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and Laura Bush.
Couric made a return to Today on May 28, 2008, on May 28, 2008. Couric had been away almost two years to the very day on May 31, 2006. On all three major television networks, ABC, CBS & NBC, she appeared together in this appearance with her evening colleagues, NBC Nightly News' Brian Williams, and ABC World News' Charles Gibson to promote Stand Up to Cancer, raising cancer awareness. Couric, Gibson, and Williams appeared on all three major network morning shows, first on CBS' Early Show, then on NBC's Today, and finally on ABC's Good Morning America.
Couric returned to co-host of Today in January 2017 for Matt Lauer's 20th birthday as the program's anchor.
Couric revealed on April 5, 2006, that she would leave Today. Couric will be the new anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News later today, according to CBS. Couric will also appear on 60 Minutes and anchor prime time news specials for CBS. Couric made more than $15 million per year while at CBS, earning her the world's highest paid journalist, with a pay scale similar to Barbara Walters' at ABC. On September 5, 2006, she made her first appearance as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
Couric's arrival on the network was widely promoted, with the promise to resurrect the evening news format, but there were complaints that it backfired. Despite increased curiosity during her first week as anchor, CBS Evening News remained a distant third in viewership, behind ABC World News and NBC Nightly News. Although Couric's ratings rose over her predecessor, Bob Schieffer, ABC's Charles Gibson widened World News' lead over Evening News, although Evening News' lead over Evening News widened.
Couric also announced CBS News' official forecast for the 2008 US Presidential Election.
The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric received the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2008 and 2009. Couric was given the Emmy Governor's Award in 2009 for her broadcasting work.
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Couric was a reporter for CBS News in 2006, the 2008 presidential election, and conventions, as well as the 2010 midterm elections. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Couric was the first network anchor on the ground in Port au Prince. Couric anchored from the Gulf Coast every week and paid a lot attention to the oil spill. She appeared from Cairo's Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. In April 2011, she was in charge of CBS News' coverage from London for Prince William's Wedding in Cambridge, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton.
Couric was the only female evening news anchor in the United States until December 21, 2009, when Diane Sawyer replaced retiring Charles Gibson for ABC World News. Couric and Sawyer were former adversaries as the hosts of Today and Good Morning America, respectively.
Couric revealed in early 2011 that she would leave CBS Evening News' anchor post if her deal came to an end. On Thursday, Couric made her last radio appearance in the CBS Evening News chair, and she announced her resignation on Thursday.
Couric was a 60 Minutes reporter who wrote six to eight stories a year for the program. Notably, she was the first to question pilot Chesley Sullenberger after the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane landing. Valerie Plame, Robert Gates, and Michelle Rhee were also interviewed for the program.
Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric was the first in a series of interviews with Couric taped with 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The interviews were repeatedly shown on television before the 2008 US presidential election. Couric received the Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence for his reporting. "I think it was the most consequential interview from a negative perspective for a candidate for national office," McCain's senior campaign strategist and advisor later spoke out about the interview.
Couric was the lead reporter on two CBS Reports series, which aired on many CBS News stations. The youngest of the Great Recession's victims, according to the first series, "CBS Reports: Children of the Recession." The series was named recipient of the Alfred DuPont Award for Excellence in Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism. "CBS Reports: Where America Stands," the second series, which aired in early 2010, featured veteran CBS News correspondents covering major issues facing the United States in the decade ahead of analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit.
On CBSNews.com, Couric hosted a one-hour interview show. Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel host, was her first guest. Former Vice President Al Gore, actor Hugh Jackman, recording artist Shakira, First Lady Michelle Obama, comedian Benjamin Bieber, actress Jane Lynch, former White House Chief of Staff Michael Johns, football player Drew Brees, and author Malcolm Gladwell were among the subpoenas.
Couric was a special reporter for ABC News from 2011 to 2013, which she has integrated into her talk show. On Nightline, Sarah Jessica Parker's first appearance on the network was a Sarah Jessica Parker interview. Couric, Christiane Amanpour, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Vargas, George Stephanopoulos, and Robin Roberts were among the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Couric was covering Today on NBC at the time of the attacks, and she was leading CBS News' coverage of the fifth anniversary. Couric was also co-hosted The View and Live! Regis and Kelly are among Regis and Kelly's coworkers. On Thanksgiving, Couric interviewed Lady Gaga in primetime as part of A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. After Philbin's 25-year tenure at ABC, Couric hosted a special primetime ABC news show highlighting Regis Philbin's retirement in November 2011.
Barbara Walters, Couric anchors specials for the network and the newsmagazine 20/20, is similar to colleague Barbara Walters. Although Couric contributes to the news team all year, in 2011, Couric introduced The Year with Katie Couric, which is an annual event that draws on some of the country's best journalists and news events of the year. This is a collaboration with People magazine that also covers events in the world of sports, sports, politics, and major newspapers that have influenced the world. This is very similar to Walter Walters' classic "101 Most Fascinating People," a year-end project that marks the year's conclusion and honors those who had the most impact on the year's year, with interviews conducted on their year's perspective. Couric is a newspaper published in the United States. As part of a special edition, Couric interviews fellow members of the media to gain some insight into certain events that took place.
Couric was recalled for co-anchor Robin Roberts on ABC's Good Morning America, her first appearance on a morning news show since leaving Today, from April 2 to June 6, 2012.
Couric has signed a landmark US$40 million deal and will host a daytime talk show for its Disney-ABC Domestic Television arm, which will debut in September 2012; Couric will also contribute to ABC News' programming. Couric's talk show Katie will be announced on August 22, 2011. Couric has been involved with Katie, the second in the CBS Evening News' first being @katiecouric. On September 10, 2012, the first episode of the series aired.
Couric has combined her ABC News Division experience with her ABC Daytime appearance by including news reporters Christiane Amanpour, Deborah Roberts, Mike Boettcher, Richard Besser, Daniel Besser, Jim Avila, Josh Elliott, Dan Abrams, Josh Elliott, Brian Ross, ABC News weather anchors Sam Champion and Ginger Zee, ABC World News anchors Diane Sawyer and David Muir, as well as ABC News anchors Dan Abrams and David Burke. Couric has appeared on live on the domestic front of her relationship with Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Ripa, and Michael Strahan of Live! Kelly and Michael, as well as some cast members of the soap opera General Hospital, appeared alongside Kelly and Michael.
Katie was renewed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television for a second season, beginning in fall 2013. However, The Hollywood Reporter noted in October 2013 that Katie was close to termination due to a low Q score, low ratings, and a reported misdeed of her core female audience. During its first season and a 1.8 in the 2013-14 season, the syndicated show averaged a 1.7 household rating and a 1.8. Katie had been cancelled by Disney–ABC Domestic Television in December 2013. Production was scheduled to continue until June 2014.
In November 2013, Yahoo!Marissa Mayer, the CEO, revealed that she had recruited Couric as the Yahoo Global Anchor. News from around the world. In an interview with former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Couric debuted in his new role on January 13, 2014. She then interviewed United States Secretary of State John Kerry. Yahoo News and ABC News have widened their partnership to include specials and features, with Couric and other Yahoo editors appearing in daily segments on Good Morning America in March 2015. Couric was given a special contributor to the ABC News division as a member of the extended partnership.
Couric confessed to editing a 2016 interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her book Going There. Several of Ginsburg's remarks that were dismissive of NFL protesters kneeling during the national anthem were edited into the revisions, including portions of his remarks that were critical of NFL protestors kneeling during the national anthem. Couric said she was motivated to shield" Ginsburg from her controversial remarks because they were "unworthy of a crusader for equality."
Verizon bought Yahoo! in June 2017. Couric decided to leave Yahoo after combining it into Oath, Oath! News, although she continues to develop her own production company, she preferring to work with them on a "project basis" only.
Couric was dubbed "America's Sweetheart" for a long time, largely due to her co-anchor work on The Today Show. On May 12, 2003, Couric guest-hosted The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as part of a compensation program, with 56% more viewers than on other nights. She has been the only guest host used by Jay Leno on either The Tonight Show or his short-lived The Jay Leno Show. On the same day, Leno filled in for her. "Workers pulled the front of her desk to expose her legs when she interviewed American Idol judge Simon Cowell and Austin Powers actor Mike Myers," CNN and the New York Daily News reported.
Piers Morgan's criticism of Simone Biles, Coucoutic posted an image of Piers Morgan alongside photographs of Donald Trump and Charlie Kirk on Twitter on July 21, 2021. Piers Morgan's own allegations of bullying came into question when Couric's own history of bullying was challenged when he tweeted "You really want to play the bully card?" on July 30, 2021. In the tweet, Co-Host Ann Curry On 'Today' Show' on September 25, 2014, there was a link to a story from the Inquisitr titled "Katie Couric A Bully, 'Terrorized.'
Couric was the voice of news-reporter "Katie Current" in the US version of the film Shark Tales, moving from animated to animated film. She has also appeared in Goldmember as a Georgia State Prison guard and an episode of General Hospital (as a journalist pretending to be a doctor: a taleline she helped create). Murphy Brown appeared on CBS sitcom Murphy Brown in 1992 and on NBC's Will & Grace in late 2002, and she made a cameo appearance on a Pawn Stars episode. She exchanged locations on May 12, 2003, on a day with Tonight Show host Jay Leno. Couric also co-hosted NBC's live coverage of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1991 to 2005. In 2005, she was given the American Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award. Couric delivered the commencement address at Randolph-Macon College on June 20, 2012, and at Princeton University on June 1, 2009. Carmen Marc Valvo also works with Carmen Marc Valvo to help highlight the importance of colorectal cancer patients, which is also preventable. Couric received an honorary doctor of science degree for her efforts in raising the profile of colorectal cancer and supporting medical research at Case Western Reserve University, and then delivered the university's 2010 convocation address. She appeared in Sully in 2016 to recreate the 60 Minutes interview for the film.
She gave the university commencement address in Boston University in 2011 and was given a Doctor of Humanities Letters. "When Families Crept," she has also hosted a Sesame Street special "When Families Grieve." The special, which aired on PBS on April 14, 2010, dealt with the challenges that children face as a result of a parent's death. Couric appeared on Glee's post-Super Bowl episode, playing herself and talking with Sue Sylvester after the cheerleading team lost the championship. During the interview, Sylvester referred to Couric as "Diane Sawyer."
Couric is the author of two children's books as well as a non-fiction collection of essays. Marjorie Priceman illustrated her children's books The Brand New Kid (2000) and The Blue Ribbon Day (2004), which were published by Doubleday. The Brand New Kid debuted on the New York Times best seller list for children's picture books, and Melanie Marnich and Michael Friedman adapted it into a 2006 musical. Random House published Couric's third book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives in 2011. The book is a series of essays compiled by Couric over the past year; contributors include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Queen Rania of Jordan, and former Today Show colleague Matt Lauer. Couric said she wrote the book after receiving a 2010 convocation keynote address. All proceeds from the book will be donated to Scholarship America at the end of the year.
Couric hosted a segment on the HPV vaccine in December 2013, which critics argued was too sympathetic to the scientifically unsupported assertions that the vaccine was lethal. Seth Mnookin, for example, accused her show of using a false balance. In addition, Alexandra Sifferlin, a Time magazine writer, compared Couric to Jenny McCarthy, a well-known anti-vaccine celebrity. Couric published an article on The Huffington Post on December 10, 2013, a week after the original segment was broadcasted, in which she wrote: 'I'm a tyrant's apologies.'
Couric appeared on several films in the 2010s as executive producer on several films. Couric was both an executive producer and narrator on the documentary Fed Up in 2014, looking at the food industry and obesity in the United States. Couric, a director and narrator for the documentary Under the Gun, was an executive producer and narrator in the United States, researching gun violence and gun control in the United States in 2016. Instead of Couric's answer to a gun-rights group in Virginia, the film was criticized for having an eight-second pause for "dramatic effect." Couric issued a note on the show's website that "I accept responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) members"" and included a transcript of her response. Couric and the film's producer, Stephanie Soechtig, were charged with defamation for continuing to promote and market the film without correcting the pause later this year. The lawsuit was dismissed after a Virginia judge found that the film scene was neither inaccurate nor defamatory. Katie Couric Media, a film production company that has collaborated with National Geographic to produce multiple documentaries, was founded by Couric in 2015. In 2017, the first of these, the Gender Revolution, premiered. She was also a producer of Flint, the Flint, Michigan water crisis, which was broadcast on Lifetime in 2017. Couric hosted America Inside Out with Katie Couric in 2018, which was televised on the National Geographic Channel.
Couric is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a member of the Peabody Awards board of directors, which is also sponsored by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Unbelievable, Netflix's true crime miniseries, was produced in 2019.
Couric has committed to serve as a substitute host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek's death in January 2021 was the start of his life in January 2021. From March 8 to March 19, her episodes aired.