Katie Couric will appear in a farewell episode of her “Katie” show and will be moving on to Yahoo News as a global anchor. “Katie” ran for two years, but because of low Q scores and falling ratings, Disney-ABC cancelled the show after 2 years on the air. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has hired Couric on at Yahoo News, and on Yahoo, Couric has already held some high-profile interviews, including one with Secretary of State, John Kerry.
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Journalist Katie Couric, sometimes referred to as “America’s Sweetheart” during her 15 year stint at the Today Show, is famous for her winning smile, intelligence and versatility. Her career spans multiple decades, and she has been an anchor on all three major networks. Name a news show, she has been on it, including ABC’s Nightline, Good Morning America, CBC’s 60 Minutes and Today Show and not surprisingly, in 2004, Couric was inducted in the the Television Hall of Fame. She has interviewed most of the U.S. Presidents in recent times and, given all the various news time slots, it is a wonder when the 57 year old Couric had a chance to sleep during her career.
Katie Couric grew up in Arlington, Virginia and was a cheerleader in high school. Her father, John Martin Couric, was a public relations director and a news editor and traced his ancestry back to a French orphan who came to America in the 19th century. Her mother, Elinor Tullie, was a homemaker and a writer who had German Jewish ancestry, although Couric was raised Presbyterian.