On This Day in History: Katie Couric Premiered on CBS Evening News
After a 15-year run as co-anchor on the “Today” show, Katie Couric was recruited by CBS in 2005 to be the first female permanent host of an evening news show. “I thought, it’s an important symbol, to see a woman handling that broadcast every night. And it just seemed like the timing was right for me to jump into that snake pit,” Katie told MAKERS. She calls it a snake pit because for a while it seemed everyone wanted her to fail. She got bad reviews, but she kept going, interviewing earthquake survivors in Haiti and Sarah Palin during her Vice Presidential run. Proving her perseverance, Couric eventually left CBS for ABC, where she started her own talk show.
Thanks to Paley Center for the clip of Katie’s first broadcast!