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Katie Couric has some pretty amazing stuff on her resume – Today show host for 15 years and first female nightly news anchor, to name just two of her accomplishments. Now Couric is adding yet another credential to her storied work history: first news anchor with a weekly online interview series.
Okay, so it's not walking on the moon, but it is a departure from the traditional archetype for a news anchor job. The Webcast, which premieres online Tuesday night, has a Twitter-inspired name – @katiecouric. Her first guest will be the headline-making talk-show host, Glenn Beck.
According to the Web site for @katiecouric, the weekly Webcast "will feature Katie’s candid and incisive one-on-one interviews with high-profile guests ranging from politicians and celebrities to business titans and other top newsmakers."
Couric has had her detractors and boosters over the years, but one thing that seemed to get everyone's attention last year was her persistent questioning of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The new Webcast seems to indicate a vote of confidence from her bosses at CBS – something not everyone may have predicted, given her less-than-spectacular ratings.
But Couric – who, according to the New York Times, will stay on board at least through the end of her 2011 contract – is not deterred by any of that. She told the New York Times: "I think reports of my death were greatly exaggerated."
She also explained how she managed to keep her confidence up despite the almost deafening buzz that her low audience numbers might force CBS to cut Couric from their talent roster.
"I’ve always been the kind of person who lives in the moment and doesn’t really focus on the future," Couric said. "And the business is changing so dramatically, almost by the week."
Will you watch @katiecouric?