Katie Couric is Joining CBS News

Couric Will Become Anchor and Managing Editor of The CBS Evening News With

Katie Couric

Will Also Contribute to 60 MINUTES and Anchor Primetime Specials

Apr 05, 2006, 01:00 ET from CBS News

    NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Katie Couric, one of
 broadcasting's most respected and popular journalists, is joining CBS News, it
 was announced today by Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer,
 CBS Corporation, and Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports.
     As part of the multi-year agreement, Couric will become Anchor and
 Managing Editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC beginning in
 September.  Couric also will contribute to 60 MINUTES, the most successful
 program in television history and its most respected news magazine, and will
 anchor CBS News primetime specials as well.
     With the appointment, Couric becomes the first female solo anchor of a
 network evening news broadcast.
     "It has been a great privilege to be one of the caretakers of a television
 institution like the 'Today' show for 15 years," said Couric.  "Joining CBS is
 a unique opportunity that came at the right time for me.  I'm thrilled to
 become part of the rich tradition of CBS News and look forward to working with
 the many extraordinarily talented people there."
     "I'm personally so excited that Katie Couric is coming to the CBS News
 family," said Moonves.  "With this move, our News Division takes yet another
 giant leap forward.  Katie is simply one of the best in the business and
 represents a tremendous addition to CBS News, which continues to grow and
 improve every day under Sean's leadership.  Seasoned broadcasters who are at
 once respected, charismatic and known throughout this country and beyond are
 increasingly important in this fragmented media landscape.  I'm proud to have
 a talent like Katie who personifies this rare combination of qualities, and
 look forward to the many contributions that she will make not only to our
 developing evening news broadcast, but to our entire news operation."
     "This is an enormously proud day for all of us at CBS News," said McManus.
 "Katie joining our team signifies not only her commitment to doing first-rate
 journalism, but our strong commitment to producing the highest quality work
 done by the best reporters, producers and writers in television news.  She is
 a key ingredient as we work towards our goal of making CBS News the number one
 news organization in America.  This organization was built on quality and
 integrity, and Katie and her CBS News colleagues will continue to carry that
 legacy into the 21st century.  I would also like to offer our deepest thanks
 to Bob Schieffer for his outstanding work on the evening broadcast and look
 forward to his continuing role at CBS News."
     "I couldn't be happier," said Schieffer, Anchor, CBS EVENING NEWS WITH BOB
 SCHIEFFER.  "Katie and I have been friends for years.  She's going to be a
 terrific addition to CBS News.  I think we're going to love Katie, and I think
 Katie's going to love us."
     "In the past year, the CBS EVENING NEWS has begun to build a broadcast
 with a fresh, accessible approach, and viewers have responded," said Rome
 Hartman, Executive Producer, CBS EVENING NEWS WITH BOB SCHIEFFER.  "Katie is
 the perfect person to complete that process.  As a journalist, an interviewer
 and a broadcaster, she is as good as they come.  As anchor of the CBS EVENING
 NEWS, the same qualities that viewers have appreciated for Katie's entire
 career will make her great:  honesty, openness, integrity.  Finally, what
 people appreciate most about Katie is that she's real -- that's really her up
 on the screen.  I cannot wait to start working with her."
     "Katie is a world-class reporter," said Jeff Fager, Executive Producer, 60
 MINUTES.  "There aren't many people in this business who can conduct an
 interview as well as she can.  It's no wonder Don Hewitt was chasing her for
 years to be on this broadcast, and it's exciting that it's finally going to
     Couric joined NBC News in 1989 as deputy Pentagon reporter.  She began
 work on "Today" in June 1990 as its first national correspondent, which
 included two stints covering the Gulf War.  Couric served as substitute
 co-anchor from February 1991 until taking over the job permanently on April 5,
 1991.  She also was a contributing anchor for "Dateline NBC."
     Couric has anchored many major breaking news events over the past 15
 years, including the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center; the
 Columbine tragedy in Colorado; six Olympic Games, including the 1996 Atlanta
 Olympic bombing; the funeral of Princess Diana; the Oklahoma City bombing; the
 Timothy McVeigh execution; the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings; and the
 end of the millennium coverage, which she co-anchored with Tom Brokaw.
     She has interviewed an extraordinarily diverse collection of newsmakers,
 from presidents and prime ministers to captains of industry and cultural
 icons.  Couric has interviewed Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill
 Clinton and George W. Bush when he was a presidential candidate, along with
 all of the major presidential candidates over the past several elections.  She
 has also sat down with Vice President Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Madeleine
 Albright, Sandra Day O'Connor and First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton,
 Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford and Lady Bird Johnson.  Couric has
 interviewed major world leaders including Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, Ariel
 Sharon, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah (in his first U.S. television interview),
 Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.  Other Couric interviews include Bill
 Gates; Tricia Meili, the Central Park Jogger; the last interview with John F.
 Kennedy, Jr.; and a myriad of other authors, politicians and newsmakers.
     Couric is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award for her March
 2000 series on colon cancer.  Those reports contributed to the 2001 RTNDA-
 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence won by NBC News.  She also has
 won six Emmy Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi
 Award, a National Headliner Award, an Associated Press Award, a Matrix Award,
 two American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards, the Harvard
 University School of Public Health's Julius B. Richmond Award and UNICEF's
 Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award.
     After losing her 42-year-old husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in
 1998, Couric embraced the fight against the country's number two cancer
 killer.  In March 2000, with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Lilly
 Tartikoff, she launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance
 (NCCRA) to fund new medical research in colorectal cancer and to conduct
 educational programs encouraging the prevention and early detection of the
 disease through proper screening.  Following Couric's on-air colonoscopy in
 2000, a scientifically documented 20% increase was noted in the number of
 colonoscopies performed across the country.  Researchers at the University of
 Michigan dubbed this "The Couric Effect."
     Couric also played a leadership role in establishing The Jay Monahan
 Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill
 Cornell.  The Monahan Center, which opened in March 2004, provides a
 comprehensive, fully integrated multi-disciplinary program, stressing
 education and prevention in addition to diagnosis and treatment of
 gastrointestinal cancers.  The Monahan Center mission focuses on the seamless
 coordination of all needed care for patients and their families facing the
 difficult diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer.  As part of her work to
 generate funds for both the Center and the nine scientists whose research the
 NCCRA supports, Couric has hosted three extremely successful benefits.  The
 most recent, "Hollywood Meets Motown," took place on March 15, 2006, and
 showcased about 40 film, recording industry, television and Broadway stars.
 These three events generated a significant portion of the almost $27 million
 Couric and EIF's NCCRA have raised to date to fight colorectal and other GI
     Couric's broadcast journalism career began as a desk assistant at ABC News
 in Washington, D.C. (1979).  She worked for CNN (1980-84) as an assignment
 editor, associate producer, producer and, ultimately, political correspondent.
 Couric was a general assignment reporter for WTVJ Miami (1984-86) and for WRC-
 TV Washington, D.C. (1987-89).
     Couric was born in Arlington, Va.  She was graduated with honors from the
 University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in English and a focus
 on American studies.  Couric lives in New York with her two daughters.