Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Katie Couric leaving CBS News

Less than five years after she became the first woman to lead a network TV evening newscast, Katie Couric confirmed Tuesday that she's leaving CBS News.

At 54 years old, Couric told People magazine that she doesn't know what's next, but that she is looking for a format that would allow her to do more multi-dimensional storytelling. Her contract expires June 4, and her replacement is expected to be Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes.

Couric left NBC's Today show in 2006 for CBS. Her newscast reached critical acclaim, winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2008 and 2009. Her interview with Sarah Palin in 2008 was the most memorable moment in the campaign after Palin couldn't answer Couric's question about books or magazines she regularly read. That was a very funny moment in TV journalism.

Best of luck to Katie!

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