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.
JMs. Couric is a demonstrated leader in the field of Journalism. Since joining NBC News in July 1989 as deputy Pentagon correspondent, Ms. Couric has conducted a number of newsworthy interviews. Her 1996 interview with Bob Dole and his wife, Elizabeth, made headlines concerning Dole’s stance on whether tobacco is addictive. Ms. Couric also conducted the first television interview of Hillary Rodham Clinton as first lady; the farewell interview of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell; Anita Hill’s first television interview concerning her allegations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas; and General Norman Schwarzkopf’s first interview after the Persian Gulf War. In June 1992, Ms. Couric conducted a two-hour interview with undeclared presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, which included viewer call-ins. In October of the same year, after an interview with First Lady Barbara Bush at the White House for the 200th anniversary of the building, Ms. Couric conducted a 20-minute impromptu interview with President Bush. Ms. Couric has also hosted a number of prime-time programs and specials for NBC, including Everybody’s Business: America’s Children (December 1995). From 1987 to 1989, she 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. In addition to covering crime, drugs and immigration issues, she wrote and produced an award-winning series on child pornography. 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.
Ms. Couric has won two Emmys, an Associated Press Award, a National Headliner Award and, from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sigma Delta Chi award. She has also received the Washington journalism Review award as Best in the Business and been named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year.
Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia. She lives in New York with her daughters, Elinor Tully Monahan and Caroline Couric Monahan.
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