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Katie Couric: NBC Anchor.

Katie Couric has been co-anchor of Today since April 5, 1991. She joined the program in June 1990 as its first national correspondent and then served as substitute co-anchor from February 1991 until becoming permanent co-anchor. She is also a contributing anchor for Dateline NBC. Since joining NBC News in July 1989 as deputy Pentagon correspondent, Couric has interviewed a panoply of world leaders, national political figures, writers, actors and pop culture icons. Some of her groundbreaking political interviews throughout her career range from George Bush Sr. to current president George W. Bush and every presidential candidate in between. During a tour of the White House on its 200th anniversary by First Lady Barbara Bush in 1993, Couric conducted a newsmaking impromptu twenty-minute interview with then President Bush. In her first television interview, Hillary Clinton spoke with Couric in a one-hour prime time special. Couric’s interview of first lady Laura Bush prior to the inauguration in 2001 also made headlines. More recently, Tricia Meili, widely known as the Central Park Jogger, shared her story of recovery and survival with Couric in an exclusive interview “A Katie Couric Exclusive: The Central Park Jogger.” In January of this year Couric traveled to Saudi Arabia for an exclusive interview with the Saudi crown prince as world attention focused on the region. She conducted the final television interview with John Kennedy, Jr., prior to his death in July 2000, and in a five-part morning-show exclusive interview, she spoke with John and Patsy Ramsey about the highly publicized death of their daughter, JonBenet. Couric anchored two days of live coverage from Littleton, Colo., following the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in April 1999. Her critically acclaimed interview with the father of one of the victims and the brother of another made national headlines. She continued her coverage of the tragedy the following week with an in-depth interview at the White House with President Clinton, focusing on gun control and youth violence. In an exclusive television interview for Dateline in February of that same year, Couric spoke with the parents of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student at the University of Wyoming who was the victim of a nationally publicized hate-crime incident.

From 1987 to 1989, Couric was a general-assignment reporter at WRC-TV, the NBC Television Station in Washington, D.C. While there, she won an Emmy and an Associated Press Award for her work. From 1984 to 1986, she was a general-assignment reporter at WTVJ in Miami. She began her career as a desk assistant for the ABC News bureau in her native Washington, D.C., in 1979. In 1980, she joined CNN as an assignment editor. She moved to Atlanta as an associate producer and later became the producer of a two-hour news and information program. She eventually became a political correspondent.

In May 2001, Couric was honored with a prestigious George Foster Peabody award for her series “Confronting Colon Cancer,” which aired on “Today” in March 2000. As a part of the series, she underwent a colonoscopy on camera, in an effort to demystify the exam for the viewers. She has also won six Emmys, a National Headliner Award, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award, an Associated Press Award, a Matrix Award, a Gracie Allen Award, and named the 2002 “Wow Woman of the Year” by Glamour magazine. Her piece on colon cancer also contributed to NBC News’ 2001 Edward R. Murrow award.

Couric has made colon cancer her focus both in her work and in her personal life. In March 2000, along with Lilly Tartikoff and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, she launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), in an effort to end the threat of colon cancer through education, new research and regular medical screenings. In addition to a variety of annual national events, in October 2002 Couric hosted “Hollywood Hits Broadway,” a fundraiser that showcased various stars from the screen and stage while raising $5 million for the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The Center, scheduled to open in 2004, is the first comprehensive, fully integrated and interdisciplinary program that stresses education and prevention in addition to diagnosis and treatment of GI cancer.

The Center’s goal is to make dealing with the difficult diagnosis of these cancers much easier for patients and their families. As a result of the attention NCCRA and NBC's "Today" have focused on colorectal cancer, the number of colonoscopy screenings has increased almost 20%. Researchers at the University of Michigan refer to this as "the Couric effect."

Katie (Katherine Anne) Couric was born January 7, 1957 in Arlington, Virginia. Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia. She lives in New York with her daughters, Elinor Tully Monahan( born 1991) and Caroline Couric Monahan ( born 1996). Her husband, Jay Monohan died January 24, 1998.

 

Couric Sneaked Camera Into Trump's Wedding

News anchor Katie Couric was caught using a hidden camera at Donald Trump's wedding and ordered to turn it off.
The 47-year-old hid a state-of-the-art lipstick camera in her specially modified handbag so she could film exclusive footage of "The Apprentice" billionaire's wedding to Slovenian model Melania Knauss, but was exposed after she bragged about her ingenuity to fellow guests. Recording devices reportedly were banned from the wedding.

A disgruntled Knauss ordered her to stop filming -- even though she was reportedly given permission by Trump to film footage for a special report on NBC's "Today Show."

According to the Palm Beach Post, a spokesperson for Trump says, "It was a misunderstanding. Donald told Katie it was OK, but Melania didn't know. We didn't realize Donald didn't tell his bride. Katie's segment was supposed to air on Monday, but now it's never going to air."

 

Time: CBS approaches Couric to replace Rather

Katie Couric to CBS? Welcome to the hot new rumor du jour.

Time is reporting is this morning's edition that CBS has approached "The Today Show" host about replacing Dan Rather as anchor of "The Evening News." While the magazine confirmed the contact through a single source, it's inconceivable a formal offer has been made because Couric remains locked into a contract that doesn't expire until mid-2006.

Time also recycled some other oft-repeated speculation, notably CBS's interest in Ted Koppel to replace Rather, who steps down March 9.

But it did not mention another name which CBS has almost certainly considered: Peter Jennings, whose contract expires later this year. Moreover, CBS very nearly recruited Jennings to join "60 Minutes" more than a decade ago.

While Couric's name has come up frequently before, Time's mention may be the first solid evidence that CBS is ready to throw a TV version of the longball: Replacing one big name with, arguably, an even bigger one.

Nevertheless, Couric, who effectively grew up at NBC, remains employed there and the network is certain to make every effort to continue that arrangement. Couric's departure would damage TV news' single most valuable franchise - "Today" - but there's no guarantee her presence at "Evening News" would necessarily reverse that program's long slide either.

A CBS spokeswoman said, "We don't comment on rumors."

Katie Couric in for Rather?

The day after Dan Rather announced he was retiring from "CBS Evening News," NBC's Katie Couric made telling remarks during a "Today" interview. "Whoever anchors those newscasts is really the face of the entire network news division," Couric said. "Why is it always white guys we're talking about?"

She has a point: It's high time for a woman to fly solo as anchor on a network evening newscast. And Couric would be the logical choice. The latest Rather-replacement speculation, promoted by Broadcasting & Cable magazine, is that Viacom Co-President Les Moonves, who oversees CBS, will court Couric. Neither CBS nor NBC is commenting. Couric is the newest candidate to be floated in the press after ABC's Diane Sawyer, NBC's Tim Russert and Couric's "Today" colleague Matt Lauer. CBS' John Roberts and Scott Pelley also have been mentioned in a guessing game that could continue for months.

As for Couric, it seems highly unlikely she would leave her cozy perch at top-rated "Today" and part with supportive boss Jeff Zucker, president of the NBC Universal Television Group. Yet if Couric wants a challenge, she couldn't find a bigger one than trying to turn around the No. 3 "CBS Evening News." Being the face of CBS News would carry bigger incentives to jump to a rival network. The new anchor will follow in Walter Cronkite's footsteps, help guide coverage and land choice prime-time assignments. Couric could appear on "60 Minutes" or produce specials of her choosing, as NBC's Tom Brokaw and ABC's Peter Jennings have done.

Above all, she would make broadcasting history by going it alone. The two previous female anchors, ABC's Barbara Walters and CBS' Connie Chung, shared the anchor desk with Harry Reasoner and Rather, respectively. Networks need to get over a reluctance to appoint female anchors because Walters and Chung didn't succeed, says Joe Angotti, chairman of the broadcast program at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

"Women anchors are now so common on cable shows that I think the whole perception of viewers has changed," Angotti says. He describes the old view as "it's serious business and I want to hear it from a serious male father figure." By moving to CBS, Couric could smash that patriarchal setup, bring new attention to evening news and appeal to somewhat younger viewers. She turns 48 next month and would represent a generational shift after Rather, who is 73, steps down in March.

"If she wanted to do it, she's got the clout to get the deal she wants," says analyst Andrew Tyndall. "But she's going from highly paid anchor in the No. 1 news division to No. 3 -- I don't know if that's a promotion. I don't know if it's a step up professionally." But it would be a chance for Couric to reinvent herself into a more serious journalist. Women in morning news programs, such as Couric and Sawyer, have been cast in softer roles, says Jill Geisler, of the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"Dan Rather hasn't been part of a live wedding on the 'CBS Evening News,' Dan Rather doesn't dress up in costumes on Halloween," Geisler says. But she adds that viewers might accept Couric as an evening anchor because they could see her as less biased and more human. "Whoever is put in that position, male or female, will need to work very hard to build a constituency," Geisler says. "The person replacing Rather has to be credible, trustworthy and likable."

Couric displays those qualities every morning, and she's at her best in the first half-hour of "Today," the segment that contains the most hard news. On the morning show the day after Rather announced he would leave CBS Evening News, Couric noted: "They haven't let a woman do it by herself." She looms as the obvious choice to overhaul that tradition.

Katie Couric is a widow, a mother, a reporter

She hates the P-word, but you can hardly describe Katie Couric without saying "perky." For millions of Americans, she and Today cohost Matt Lauer represent a human jolt of caffeine. Yet for all her cheeriness, she has been lauded as one of the best in the business, slipping easily between serious topics and infotainment.

This is true Hollywood story about how Couric started at the bottom and went nowhere fast. She was inexperienced and didn't make a good impression, but her persistence paid off, and soon viewers were all but clamoring for her to take the coanchor spot on Today.

Follow Couric's career path from desk assistant at ABC to, at one point, highest-paid news personality on television. See how she grabbed opportunities when they presented themselves. And learn the secrets of her ambition.

Hear also how her life has been struck repeatedly by the tragedy of cancer: She has stood by friends as they suffered through it, she lost both a husband and a sister to it, and her efforts to raise awareness about the disease have saved countless lives.

She's a widow, a mother, a personality and a reporter. But first, get to know her better with a few fun facts & figures about tenacious Katie:

As a child, she was active in track, gymnastics and cheerleading.

• In college, she served as an associate editor of her campus newspaper.

As a child, she was active in track, gymnastics and cheerleading.

On April 4, 1991, she became the official cohost of Today.

• In October 1992, during a tour of the White House with Barbara Bush, President George Bush walked by. Couric grabbed the opportunity and had a 12-minute exclusive interview about hard-hitting topics like his role in the Iran-Contra Affair. The interview made national news.

• Her first job out of college was an entry-level position as a desk assistant at ABC.

• Eventually, she left ABC for the newly established cable news network CNN, along with a group of her colleagues from ABC News, but when the former president of CNN saw her on the air one day, he didn't like what he saw and ordered producers to never let her on again.

• She transferred to CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and in April 1982, she produced two weeks of live broadcasts from Cuba.

• Despite her success behind the camera, she was never a star when she was on the air. She took reporting jobs in Miami, Florida, and in Washington, D.C., to hone her skills.

• At a Washington cocktail party in 1988, she met a group of men and expressed disdain when they said they were lawyers. One told her he was an artist. It turned out he was a lawyer, but they began dating anyway.

• Couric rose to national prominence during the Persian Gulf War as a correspondent for the Today show. At the same time, Today hosts Bryant Gumbel and Deborah Norville were having problems with their chemistry. Couric replaced Norville when she went on maternity leave.

While covering the O.J. Simpson trial for NBC, her husband ignored some medical problems. In April 1997, he was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer.

• After her husband's death on their anniversary in January 1998, she took a month off before returning to the Today show. She wore a chain around her neck with her husband's ring on it.

• In June 1998, NBC renegotiated her contract for four years at $7 million a year. When that contract was up, she reportedly signed another four-year deal--for $65 million.

• On March 6, 2000, she made history by undergoing a colonoscopy live on television. Viewers actually saw the interior of her colon. Her report encouraged thousands of people to have tests done and won her a prestigious Peabody Award.

• In June 2000, she met Tom Werner on a blind date. He now owns the Boston Red Sox. They split up, but then got back together again.

• NBC entertainment President Jeff Zucker, her friend, has had a number of battles with cancer. Her sister, Virginia State Sen. Emily Couric was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died on Oct. 18, 2001.
Her Famous Quote: "I never quite appreciated how hard it was for someone reeling from recent tragedy to put their heartache aside and appear on television. I never quite appreciated it until it was my turn."

Chesney crushes on Katie Couric


If you saw Katie Couric gushing around Kenny Chesney during his Today Show appearance Monday, Chesney was having an even better time chatting with Couric, who he says he's had a crush on for years.

When she asked about his plans to head to the Virgin Islands, Kenny invited her to go with him to see his new boat. When the crowd cheered the idea, both stars ended up blushing.

Katie Couric's new date

Katie Couric is all jazzed up these days with current date Chris Botti, described as a cutie trumpeter who's played with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Sting.

The relationship, which is already a few weeks old, follows the Today host's recent breakup with producer and partial owner of the Boston Red Sox Tom Werner, 54, after four years together. Couric, 47, met Botti, 42, when he played with Sting on Today Show.
But maybe NBC News journalist Katie Couric should give jazz trumpeter Chris Botti a talking-to. In Us Weekly, the 42-year-old Botti reveals why he enjoys going out with the 47-year-old "Today" show anchor: "There's definitely an advantage to dating someone who's also in the entertainment business."

Katie ends relationship with long-time boyfriend TV producer Tom Werner

"They traveled together, went everywhere. But (the relationship) ran its course. The distance had become untenable," an unnamed source was quoted as telling the magazine on Tuesday.

An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment on the report, which said the couple parted ways last week.

The New York-based Couric, 47, and Werner, 54, who lives in Los Angeles, began dating in the summer of 2000 and had been seeing each other about twice a month since then, the magazine said. Couric lost her husband, attorney Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in January 1998.

A co-owner of the Boston Red Sox, Werner has produced such hit television series as "The Cosby Show," "Roseanne," "Cybill" and "That '70s Show."

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