Katie Couric
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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Public Figure
  • Birthday:  January 07, 1957

Katie Couric is a presenter and journalist and the founder of Katie Couric Media, a multimedia news and production company. She also publishes a daily newsletter, Wake Up Call. From 2013 to 2017, she was Yahoo’s Global News Anchor. Couric has been a TV host at all of the big three television networks in the United States, and in her early career, she was an assignment editor for CNN. She worked for NBC News from 1989 to 2006, CBS News from 2006 to 2011, and ABC News from 2011 to 2014. In 2021, she appeared as a guest host for the game show “Jeopardy!,” the first woman to host the flagship American version of the show in its history.

In addition to her roles in television news, Couric hosted “Katie,” a syndicated daytime talk show from September 2012 to June 2014. Some of her most significant presenting roles include co-host of “Today,” anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” and as a correspondent for “60 Minutes.” Her 2011 book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives, was a New York Times bestseller. In 2004, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

Katie Couric was born in Arlington, Virginia, where she was raised Presbyterian. She attended Arlington Public Schools and was a cheerleader. As a high school student, she was an intern at Washington, D.C.’s all-news radio station WAVA. She enrolled at her father’s alma mater, the University of Virginia, in 1975. She served in several positions at UVA’s award-winning daily newspaper, The Cavalier Daily. During her fourth year at UVA, she was chosen to live as Senior Resident of The Lawn, the heart of Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village. She graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies.

Couric’s first job in 1979 was at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D.C., later joining CNN as an assignment editor. Between 1984 and 1986, she worked as a general assignment reporter for the then-CBS affiliate WTVJ in Miami, Florida. During the following two years, she reported for WRC-TV, the NBC-owned and operated station in Washington, D.C., work which earned her an Associated Press award and an Emmy. In 1989, Couric joined NBC News as the Deputy Pentagon Correspondent. From 1989 to 1991, she was an anchor substitute. In 1989, she joined “Today” as the national political correspondent, becoming a substitute co-host in February 1991, when Norville went on maternity leave.

Norvill didn’t return, and Couric became permanent co-host in April 1991. In 1994, she became co-anchor of “Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric,” an evening time weekly TV newsmagazine with Tom Brokaw, which was later terminated and folded into part of “Dateline NBC,” where her reports appeared regularly, and she was named the anchor. She remained at “Today” and NBC News for 15 years until 2006, when she announced she would go to CBS to anchor the CBS Evening News, becoming the first solo female anchor of the big three-weekday nightly news broadcasts.

What religion is Katie Couric?

Katie Couric was raised Presbyterian. Her mother was Jewish and converted to Presbyterianism before the marriage. Her first realization that she came from a Jewish background was when she was 10 years old and saw a menorah in her mother’s brother’s house. Her mother and grandparents seemed hesitant about being Jewish, and she found a letter from her mother’s father to his daughter urging her to mix with non-Jews.

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