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Katie Couric on the set of the Today Show with producer Jerry Zucker. 1998.

Katie Couric on the set of the Today Show with producer Jerry Zucker. 1998.

KATIE COURIC

Katie Couric is the TV host and journalist who anchored The CBS Evening News from 2006-11. She previously was the host of the NBC morning program The Today Show from 1991 through 2006. Katie Couric worked for CNN and ABC early in her career, also reporting in Miami and Washington, D.C. She joined NBC News in 1989 and the Today show in 1990, becoming permanent co-anchor in 1991. With her perky attitude and no-holds-barred interviewing style, Katie Couric boosted the show’s sagging ratings and became one of morning TV’s most popular personalities. Her husband, Jay Monahan, died in 1998 of colon cancer, and in 1999 Couric co-founded a non-profit organization for cancer research and education. In 2001, Katie Couric signed a new contract to remain with The Today Show through 2006. When that contract ended, she announced to Today Show viewers in 2006 that she would leave the show to become the anchor of The CBS Evening News. Couric made her debut on the evening news broadcast in 2006. After five years, she announced in 2011 that she had decided to step down from the job.

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