Childhood & Early Life
Katherine Anne “Katie” Couric was born on January 7, 1957 to Elinor Tullie, a part-time writer, and John Martin Couric, a Public Relations Officer with ‘The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’ and the ‘United Press’ in Washington, D.C.
She attended the ‘Arlington Public Schools’, a group of schools considered one of the best in the country. As a high school student, she gained invaluable experience interning at the radio station WAVA.
Between 1975 and 1979, she studied at the ‘University of Virginia’ for a degree in English. There, she was a ‘Delta Delta Delta’ sorority member, and served the university’s newspaper, ‘The Cavalier Daily’.
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Couric began her career with the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C. in 1979. Subsequently, she worked for CNN as an Assignment Editor, and as a Reporter for WTVJ in Miami and NBC’s WRC-TV.
In 1989, she joined NBC News as Deputy Pentagon Correspondent. For the next two years, she substituted for the host, co-anchor and co-host of the programs, ‘Today’, ‘Sunday Today’ and ‘NBC News at Sunrise’.
In 1991, when Deborah Norville did not return after her maternity leave, Couric took her place as the permanent co-anchor of the NBC program, ‘Today’. She stayed with NBC for the next fifteen years.
For NBC, she hosted several specials including ‘Everybody’s Business: America’s Children’, ‘Legend to Legend Night: A Celebrity Cavalcade’, and ‘Harry Potter: Behind the Magic’, and co-hosted the Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies.
She interviewed many political personalities including Presidents Ford, Carter, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush. She was the first and last person to interview John F. Kennedy, Jr., for NBC.
She entered CBS as the Anchor and Managing Editor of ‘CBS Evening News’, in 2006. The program used a new set, better graphics, and a theme composed by Oscar winning composer James Horner.
CBS had hoped that she would revive the news program, but she failed to sustain the initial excitement; the show took the third spot in viewership behind ‘ABC World News’ and ‘NBC Nightly News’.
For CBS, she interviewed many prominent personalities including President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Norah Jones, and Michael J. Fox.
She was the first anchor to reach Port au Prince to report the Haiti Earthquake. She also covered the BP oil spill, the Egyptian Revolution, and Prince William’s wedding.
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Between 2006 and 2011, as a ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent , she contributed many stories, and interviewed airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger, former CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame, and educationist Michelle Rhee for the program.
She was the chief reporter of two CBS Reports series – the award winning ‘CBS Reports: Children of the Recession’ in 2009, and ‘CBS Reports: Where America Stands’, two years later.
Between 2009 and 2011, she hosted a weekly interview program on CBSNews.com. Her guests included newsmakers Al Gore, Hugh Jackman, Shakira, Michelle Obama, Thomas Friedman, Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, and Daniel Radcliffe, among others.
Since 2011, she is a special correspondent for ABC News, and has co-anchored coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and guest co-hosted ‘The View’ and ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly’.
She is anchoring a weekly web talk show called, ‘Katie’s Take’ for ABC News. It includes discussions with experts in various fields. In 2013, she was hired as the Global Anchor of Yahoo News.
Awards & Achievements
Katie Couric has won many awards for television reporting through her career, including the prestigious ‘Peabody Award’ for her series ‘Confronting Colon Cancer’.
From 1994 to 2004, she shared six ‘Daytime Emmy Awards’, in the ‘Outstanding Special Class Program’ category for ‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’ with her co-hosts and producers.
In 2009, she was presented a ‘Gracie Allen Award’ in the category ‘Outstanding Anchor - News or News Magazine’ for ‘CBS Evening News with Katie Couric’. Gracie Allen was a successful comedienne and activist.
‘CBS Evening News with Katie Couric’ won ‘Emmys’ for ‘Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast’ for two consecutive years from 2010. She also won an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Interview’ for ‘60 Minutes’.