Couric to leap to CBS
Ending months of speculation, former UVA Lawnie Katie Couric is soon expected to make the leap away from her 15 years at the Today show to take the evening anchor spot with CBS, according to a report today by noted media reporter Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post. Couric, who graduated from UVA in 1979 will give up her $15 - $16 million-dollar salary and three-hour-long morning program to take over Dan Rather’s anchor chair (now temporarily filled by Bob Schieffer) at CBS’s 30-minute “Evening News” and to contribute to the long-running 60 Minutes program.
Couric’s older sister, Emily Couric, was a popular Charlottesville area community leader who served as a Virginia state senator and was eyed as a likely gubernatorial prospect until her death in October 2001 due to pancreatic cancer. The younger Couric frequently returns to Charlottesville for special events in her late sister's honor.