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The Failed Couric Experiment
By Brent Bozell
April 6, 2011

Katie Couric Sued Over Deceptive Editing In Gun Control Documentary
By Ashe Schow
September 13, 2016

Katie Couric: Perking up for Liberal Spin
By Media Research Center

Katie Rhymes for Health Care 'Reform'

By Larry Elder
November 26, 2009

Couric Touts How Free Health Clinic Shows 'Reform Is Desperately Needed'
By Kyle Drennen
August 14, 2009

Couric Presses Holder from Left on Guns and Probing Bush Crimes
By Media Research Center
April 10, 2009

'Journalism' Goes from Low Standards to No Standards
By Bobby Eberle
April 9, 2009

Stocks Soar and Plunge, Couric Always Upbeat about Obama's Efforts
By Media Research Center
March 24, 2009

Couric Uses Bad News to Tout 'Stimulus' Bill 'Is Creating' Jobs
By Media Research Center
March 9, 2009

Couric Celebrates 'Stimulus' Deal by Giggling Along with Pelosi
By Media Research Center
February 12, 2009

CBS's Katie Couric Praises Barack Obama as the 'Anti-Bush'
By Media Research Center
February 5, 2009

On Regis, Couric Defends Daschle and Obama, Snarls at Critics
By Media Research Center
February 5, 2009

Biden Secret Service Code Name: 'Assassination Insurance'
By Ann Coulter
October 1, 2008

Couric Patronizingly Challenges & Lectures Palin; Coddled Biden
By Media Research Center
October 1, 2008

Henry Kissinger Corrects Obama and Couric
By James Hirsen
September 30, 2008

CBS, ABC Distort Sarah Palin Interview
By James Hirsen
September 30, 2008

Couric Badgers Palin on Pakistan; Had Cued Up Biden on Economy
By Media Research Center
September 30, 2008

Couric Scolds Palin for 'Great Depression' Scare Couric Raised
By Media Research Center
September 25, 2008

Couric Showcases Obama Over McCain, Admits a Media 'Obamathon'
By Media Research Center
July 23, 2008

CBS Raises Anti-Obama Racism, McCain's Distancing 'Hard Right'
By Media Research Center
July 18, 2008

Couric Rues Loss of Marxist Mugabe's 'Hope and Promise'
By Media Research Center
June 26, 2008

Couric: Hillary Coverage 'Most Unfair, Hostile...I've Ever Seen'
By Media Research Center
June 12, 2008

Couric Provides Forum for Female Clinton Backers to Vent
By Media Research Center
June 4, 2008

Liberalism and Victimhood
By Dennis Prager
June 3, 2008

The Unspeakable American Culture
By Jonah Goldberg
October 3, 2007

Couric 'Uncomfortable' with Post-9/11 Patriotic Fervor
By Media Research Center
September 28, 2007

New Network, Same Old Biased Katie
By Brent Baker and Rich Noyes
August 30, 2007

CBS Adopts Victim Mentality
By Karin Agness
June 18, 2007

Rather's Inconvenient Truth
By Christopher Plante
June 18, 2007

Katie Craters
By Myrna Blyth
June 13, 2007

Dan Rather: I Didn't Plan Couric Attack
By NewsMax.com
June 13, 2007

Katie Couric's Case of the Blues
By Larry Elder
January 25, 2007

Couric Flops in Debut
By John LeBoutillier
September 6, 2006

Meet the Real Katie Couric
By Rich Noyes
August 29, 2006

Katie's Charities: A Conflict?
By Brent Bozell III
July 19, 2006

Sunnyside Up!
By Myrna Blyth
July 19, 2006

Scoping Katie Couric's Career
By Kathleen Parker
July 14, 2006

Katie's Listening Tour
By Cal Thomas
June 27, 2006

Memories of Katie’s Dramatic Liberal Bias
Media Research Center
May 31, 2006

Katie Couric Giddy for Gore, All Smiles in "Exclusive" Interview
By Media Research Center
May 25, 2006

Couric Dissed by Colleagues -- For the Wrong Reasons
By Larry Elder
April 20, 2006

Bias to Bigotry: CBS in a Free-Fall
By Carey Roberts
April 19, 2006

Who Cares about Katie Couric?
By Kathryn Lopez
April 12, 2006

CBS: The Couric Broadcasting System
By Lowell Ponte
April 5, 2006

Bar the Door - It's Katie
By Jonah Goldberg
April 5, 2006

Katie Couric’s Years of Liberal Tilt
Media Research Center
April 2006

Profiles In Bias
Media Research Center
April 2006

Couric: Saddam Was Iraq's "Ultimate Referee"
By Carl Limbacher
April 6, 2004



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  • Anchor of the CBS Evening News 
  • Former co-host of NBC's Today show

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Born in Arlington, Virginia in January 1957, Katherine “Katie” Couric has been the Anchor of the CBS Evening News since September 5, 2006. Prior to that, she spent some fifteen years as co-host of NBC’s Today Show.

Couric’s father John worked as a journalist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the United Press wire service. He later became a public relations writer for the National Association of Radio & Television Broadcasters, and he encouraged his daughter to pursue a career in broadcasting.

In 1979 Katie Couric graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in American Studies and became a desk assistant at ABC in Washington. After less than a year, she found work as an assignment editor in the fledgling Cable News Network’s Washington Bureau. After seeing her first on-camera reports, CNN President Reese Schonfeld told producers he never wanted to see her on the air again.

Couric moved to CNN's Atlanta headquarters as Assistant Producer of the network's talk show Take Two, where she did on-camera political reporting during the 1984 presidential campaign, but found herself out of work after the election.

Couric then became a reporter at WTVJ in Miami and in 1986 returned to Washington, DC as a general assignment reporter for NBC-owned WRC-TV. When she asked the station's news director about opportunities to anchor, she was advised to look for a "really small market somewhere."

In Summer 1989 Couric accepted an NBC job as backup reporter at the Pentagon for the season. She soon was hired as an NBC general assignment reporter by Washington bureau chief Tim Russert, who described her as "competent and unflustered." During the 1989 U.S. incursion into Panama, Couric appeared regularly on NBC Nightly News and was soon acting as network weekend anchor.

In May 1990 Couric accepted the newly created position of national correspondent on the network's morning show Today. In 1991 she filled in when Today co-host Deborah Norville took maternity leave, a change that soon became permanent when NBC noticed that ratings increased because of Couric.

Couric's husband, attorney Jay Monahan, left the powerful DC political law firm Williams and Connolly to move to New York with Katie and work as a legal commentator on the NBC-Microsoft cable news network MSNBC. Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998, leaving Couric to raise the couple's two young daughters. Couric responded with a public campaign to raise national awareness of this cancer, a campaign that included Couric allowing television viewers to watch the inner images of her own colonoscopy.

When Couric’s contract with NBC drew to a close in 2001, the newscaster profited greatly from a bidding war for her services. CBS 60 Minutes Executive Producer Don Hewitt offered her a treasure trove of Viacom cash and opportunities, including her own talk show. AOL Time Warner made a similar offer that included giving Couric the show of departing comedienne Rosie O'Donnell. Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg tried to lure Couric to their company DreamWorks. NBC finally prevailed, signing Couric to a five-year deal worth at least $64 million, thereby boosting her annual pay from $7 million to nearly $13 million; with incentive provisions and syndication sales, it had the potential to earn her up to $100 million.

But 2001 was not an entirely happy year for Katie Couric. Her sister Emily, ten years her senior and the eldest of the three Couric sisters, died that year of pancreatic cancer.

Former Ladies' Home Journal editor Myrna Blyth, in her 2004 book Spin Sisters: How the Women of the Media Sell Unhappiness and Liberalism to the Women of America, wrote that Couric "wants us to believe she's just like us," an image belied by the fact that Couric gets $550 haircuts and spends $7,500 each week on her personal trainer. In a March 18, 2004 Salon.com profile titled "The Cruella Syndrome," journalist Rebecca Traister detailed stories of "Queen of Mean" Couric throwing temper tantrums on the set, bullying her staff, and using her influence to get people fired, mailroom boys and network executives alike.

When Couric had first become Today’s co-host in 1991, a Newsmakers biographer wrote that she "considers herself a feminist and hopes to work on stories about politics, women, abortion debate, teen pregnancy, and the homeless, but is careful not to express her own opinions too freely on television. She believes that coming on strongly with a personal agenda might turn viewers off." That analysis was not entirely accurate, however. Through her on-air statements and questions, Couric has frequently offered glimpses into her personal ideology and agendas. For numerous examples, click here and here.

In April 2006 Couric announced that she would be leaving NBC for CBS, to assume the duties of Anchor of the CBS Evening News, a move that would make her the first woman to anchor a U.S. network's weekday evening newscast by herself. By early May 2007, however, viewership of the CBS Evening News was smaller than it had been at any time since at least 1987. The program's ratings were consistently below those of its rival news programs on ABC and NBC, in all major markets.

In July 2008 Couric offered her opinion about why her ratings were so low:

"I find myself in the last bastion of male dominance, and realizing what Hillary Clinton might have realized not long ago: that sexism in the American society is more common than racism, and certainly more acceptable or forgivable. In any case, I think my post and Hillary's race are important steps in the right direction."

In May 2010, Couric introduced a report (by Kelly Cobiella) about a newly passed Arizona immigration law deputizing state police to check with federal authorities on the immigration status of any individuals whom they have stopped for some legitimate reason, if the behavior of those individuals -- or the circumstances of the stop -- leads the officers to suspect that they might be in the United States illegally. In a story designed to evoke sympathy for an  “undocumented” Arizona couple who had given birth to 10 children since coming to the U.S. illegally, and who were now heading to Colorado so as to avoid getting caught, Couric lamented:

"Nearly two out of three Americans see illegal immigration as a very serious problem. More than three quarters say the U.S. should do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border. Hundreds of thousands of them now live in Arizona. But as Kelly Cobiella reports, many no longer feel welcome."



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