Although her mother was Jewish , Couric was raised as a Presbyterian. Couric attended Arlington Public Schools: She enrolled at her father's alma mater,  the University of Virginia , in and was a Delta Delta Delta sorority sister. From to , Couric was an anchor substitute.
During the opening ceremony she suggested, erroneously, that the Dutch use their skates as a normal mode of transportation during wintertime, prompting criticism and bemusement from the U. Embassy in the Netherlands and others. Couric apologized that her intended compliment didn't "come out" as intended, which the Embassy accepted, and invited her to the Netherlands for a tour.
Norville did not return and Couric became permanent co-anchor on April 5, In addition, during her time on Today she served as a host of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for 15 years from — Couric hosted or worked on a number of news specials, like Everybody's Business: America's Children in Similar entertainment specials were Legend to Legend Night: A Celebrity Cavalcade in , and Harry Potter: Behind the Magic in Couric has also co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games.
She has broadcast with Bob Costas , beginning with the Summer Olympics. Couric has interviewed many international political figures and celebrities, including presidents Gerald R. Ford , Jimmy Carter , George H. Bush , Bill Clinton and George W. Bush , and First Lady Barbara Bush. Couric has won multiple television reporting awards through her career, including the prestigious Peabody Award for her series Confronting Colon Cancer.
Rowling , and Laura Bush. Couric would also contribute to 60 Minutes and anchor prime-time news specials for CBS. Murrow Award for best newscast.
In , Couric was awarded with the Emmy Governor's Award for her broadcasting career. Couric was the first network anchor on the ground in Port au Prince after the Haiti earthquake. After the BP oil spill , Couric anchored from the Gulf Coast weekly and brought much attention to the disaster. Couric and Sawyer were previous rivals as the hosts of Today and Good Morning America , respectively.
Notably, she was the first to interview pilot Chesley Sullenberger after the "Miracle on the Hudson" airplane landing. Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The interviews were repeatedly broadcast on television before the U. The first series, "CBS Reports: Children of the Recession", highlighted the pain suffered by the youngest of the then ongoing Great Recession's victims.
Her first appearance on the network was a Sarah Jessica Parker interview on Nightline. Couric also guest co-hosted The View and Live! While she contributes to the news program all throughout the year, in , Couric created her newly annual special The Year with Katie Couric, which is a program that marks the end of the year and covers some of the biggest newsmakers and news events of that year.
This is a collaboration with People magazine, which also reflects events in the world of news, sports, politics, and major headlines that helped shape the world. This is very similar to that of Walters's iconic Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People, a year end program that marks the end of the year and acknowledges the people that had the most impact on the year at hand with interviews on their perspective of the year.
As part of the special, Couric interviews fellow members of the media that can provide some insight on some events that occurred. Katie is the second web show that Couric has been affiliated with, the first being katiecouric on the CBS Evening News.
The first episode aired on September 10, The syndicated show averaged a 1. In March , in an effort to collaborate and to consolidate their news pools, Yahoo News and ABC News has expanded their partnership to include specials and features, with Couric and other Yahoo editors to appear in daily segments on Good Morning America. The extended partnership secures Couric as having a spot in the ABC News division, as a special contributor. In June , after Verizon purchased Yahoo!
News, preferring to work with them on a "project basis" only, while she continues to expand her own production company. Leno filled in for her on Today that same day. She has also made cameo appearances in Austin Powers in Goldmember as a Georgia State Prison guard and an episode of General Hospital as a journalist pretending to be a doctor: On May 16, , Couric received an honorary doctor of science degree for her efforts in raising awareness of colorectal cancer and for her commitment to advancing medical research from Case Western Reserve University , and later gave the university's convocation keynote address.
The special, which aired on PBS on April 14, ,[ citation needed ] dealt with the issues that children go through when a parent dies. Sylvester sarcastically referred to Couric as "Diane Sawyer" during the segment. Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, was published by Random House in Couric said that a convocation keynote address she gave inspired her to write the book. In December , Couric ran a segment on the HPV vaccine  which critics accused of being too sympathetic to the scientifically unsupported claims that this vaccine was dangerous.
I felt it was a subject well worth exploring. Following the show, and in fact before it even aired, there was criticism that the program was too anti-vaccine and anti-science, and in retrospect, some of that criticism was valid.
We simply spent too much time on the serious adverse events that have been reported in very rare cases following the vaccine. More emphasis should have been given to the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines. In , Couric was an executive producer and narrator for the documentary Fed Up , examining the food industry and obesity in the United States. Couric posted a response on the documentary's website stating, "I take responsibility for a decision that misrepresented an exchange I had with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League VCDL ", and she included a transcript of the response she received.
The first of these, Gender Revolution , premiered in CFR is a U. She underwent a colonoscopy on-air in March , and, according to a study published in in Archives of Internal Medicine , may have inspired many others to get checked as well: This illustrates the possibility that a well-known individual can draw attention and support to worthwhile causes.
Her sister Emily Couric , a Virginia Democratic state senator, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54 on October 18, Couric gave a eulogy at the funeral. She pointed out that it irritated Emily when people asked her if she was Katie Couric's sister. She told the mourners, "I just want you to know I will always be proud to say 'I am Emily Couric's sister'. Couric was the honored guest at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation fall gala.
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