Katie Couric: The Career of “America’s Sweetheart”

What will the former longtime NBC "Today" show host and anchor of CBS Evening News do next?

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Katie first appeared on "Today" beside Bryant Gumbel on April 5, 1991. She would stay with the show for 15 years, claiming a place as "America's Sweetheart." "She's the kid on the playground, not the dolled-up, glamorous, ready-for-prime-time anchor," executive producer Jeff Zucker told The New York Times in 1992.
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During her time at "Today," Couric interviewed thousands of politicians, pop stars and other celebrities. Here, the host questions former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in 2000, during his presidential run.
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Katie Couric interviews then-Democratic presidential hopeful Jerry Brown (now governor of California ) on March 25, 1992.
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Couric and Gumbel co-hosted "Today" together for nearly six years. Gumbel left the show in 1997.
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Now-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave her first television interview to Couric. Here, Couric and then-First Lady Clinton speak during an event in the East Room of the White House promoting colon cancer awareness and prevention.
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Katie Couric's husband, Jay Monahan, died in 1998 from colon cancer. The couple married in 1989 and had two daughters, Elinor and Caroline. Monahan's death galvanized Couric to fight for gastrointestinal health.
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Couric, who helped found the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health in honor of her late husband, testifies about her spouse's experience with colon cancer before the Senate Special Aging Committee on Capitol Hill in March 2000.
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Matt Lauer took the seat beside Katie Couric on "Today" when Bryant Gumbel left in 1997. Lauer and Couric appear at the 76th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 28, 2002.
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Couric's television appearances weren't limited to "Today." The journalist had guest spots on the sitcom "Will & Grace" and later "Glee." Here she helps Jay Leno host "The Tonight Show" on October 6, 2003.
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May 31, 2006 marked Katie Couric's last day on "Today." She had earlier announced she would be leaving to the show to anchor the "CBS Evening News." At the end of three hours of farewell tributes, Couric raised a glass of champagne and said, "To everyone in TV land, thanks so much."
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Couric took the helm of "CBS Evening News" on Sept. 5, 2006, becoming the first female solo anchor of a network television evening newscast. The show struggled with ratings, settling into last place among other evening broadcasts.
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Reports swirled over Couric's possible departure from the CBS program in 2008. Her bosses later told The New York Times the anchor was never going to leave, but credited her presidential election coverage and interviews with then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin with helping to boost the show's reputation.
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Couric's interviews with Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election drew millions of viewers and sparked a <i>Saturday Night Live</i> sketch. Palin criticized Couric after the interviews aired, saying the anchor played "gotcha journalism."
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Couric also worked as a correspondent for the CBS show 60 Minutes. Here she interviews U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, May 5, 2009.
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Couric interviews President Barack Obama in Washington.
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Couric is often seen out and about at movie premieres, fashion shows and other high-profile events. Here, the news anchor and her daughters attend the after party of the premiere of "Sex and the City: The Movie" at the Museum of Modern Art on May 27, 2008 in New York City.
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Former President Bill Clinton celebrates the U.S.'s teams first goal with the news anchor during the World Cup match between the U.S.and Ghana on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.
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Katie Couric first hinted she would leave CBS when her contract expired in 2011 in an interview with David Letterman. During the show, Letterman told Couric: “Once you take the anchor chair, that’s what you do.” She responded, "Really?"
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Couric told The New York TImes she is in talks with NBC's Jeff Zucker about the possibility of a syndicated show that would begin in fall of 2012. She said she hopes her new show will be known for "smart conversation."
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