Katie Couric Bids CBS Evening News Farewell

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Couric's Last Interview

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — She made history by becoming the first woman to anchor the evening news solo, and Thursday evening Katie Couric sat in the anchor’s chair for the last time.

As part of her May 19 departure, Couric interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and filed her final “Notebook” feature for CBSNews.com.

Couric ended her last newscast saying “Thank you so much for coming along with me on this incredible journey.”

AUDIO: Click Here to listen to Couric’s Notebook May 18

Couric began her tenure with Evening News on Sept. 5, 2006 — following in the footsteps of broadcast news legends Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

Couric got off to a great start. Her first Evening News broadcast generated more than 13 million viewers — the highest ratings for the show since 1998. It was also the first evening newscast to be broadcast simultaneously online and on the radio.

In 2008, Couric won the Edward R. Murrow award for best newscast. However, the initial ratings success wouldn’t last and Evening News consistently found itself in third place. Some wondered if Couric could hold her own against her male counterparts.

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Sarah Palin, Katie Couric in Sept. 2008 (credit: CBS)

That perception changed when she conducted a series of exclusive interviews with then Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin in September 2008. The initial 40-minute session aired September 24 and 25.

Click Here to watch the Palin/Couric Interviews

Couric’s hard-hitting questions on the emergency economic bailout and foreign-policy appeared to be too much for Palin, whose answers became the talk of the campaign and fodder for many, including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who lampooned the interview on Saturday Night Live.

The interviews were a ratings success for Evening News and also went viral online–generating more than 10 million views on YouTube. Following the interviews, Palin criticized Couric and the media for the way they portrayed her.

In 2009, Couric was given the Walter Cronkite Award for her “extraordinary, persistent and detailed multi-part interviews with Republican vice-presidential Candidate Sarah Palin.” In fact, judges called Couric’s interviews a “defining moment in the 2008 presidential campaign.”

Scott Pelley will take over as anchor on June 6.

  • Cheryl J. Dawkins

    Katie is an intelligent, professional woman and the critics found all her reporting one-sided. You can find someone else to pick on now. Good luck, Katie.

  • in the know

    She stunk from day one and never got any better. I’m sure they wanted here out a long time ago but they would never let her go because that would mean they would have to admit they made a mistake in hiring her and that is never gonna happen to CBS.

  • KPMc

    This article has been up for 8 hours and this is still the headline?

    “Katie Couric Anchors Bids CBS Evening News Farewell”

    Ahhh. CBS… the journalistic legacy of Paley, Murrow, Cronkite… and now the JHS headline writers of CBS NY Local. Makes Katie seem competent in comparison.

  • janet bays

    May the wind be always at your back and the sun shine bright upon your face, Katie. Thank you and the team for strong reporting – like from Iraq, for courage – like bringing us into a major health issue, colon cancer, and walking new ground for women and always with a smile. We’lll be looking for you.

  • nathan

    Not too difficult to pick out the bitter losers here is it? Good luck Katie.

  • dave

    A vile phony woman..good riddence “Katie”



  • Eddie Franklin

    Keep up the good work, you was one of my favorite anchors best wishes.

  • Mike Foley

    I didn’t know CBS had a news program. When is it on?

    • Devonne Lewis

      6.00 PM on NBC LOL

    • Ang

      What? Do u live in a barn?

  • Agent P

    Gender Politics met Gender-biased News, that’s all.

    And now we can flush the toilet and hopefully dispense with Identity-Politics contaminating what is supposed to be ‘news’…

  • john kalin

    Good riddance ti this lightwieght biased anchor.

  • Justine Nguyen

    Betty Nguyen, It’s your time for Prime Time!

  • Phil Turner

    While I wish Scott Pelley much success…. CBS should have given the anchor position to Harry Smith. He not only has a huge following from the morning show, but he also possesses the personality and professionalism to boost the ratings.

    • Gail

      Agree wholeheartedly. Smith is a professional and he should have been given the opportunity to replace Couric permanently. Pelley is OK, but Smith has the history and professionalism to assume a more “Cronkite-like” model. Honestly I believe that Smith should have been given this opportunity and Pelley left to 60 Minutes, on which he was very good. If for some reason Smith was unable to serve or did not want the job, I think Russ Mitchell would have also been excellent. Unfortunatley the decision not to select Harry Smith reeks of age discrimination on the part of CBS . . .

  • Neal Kaye

    I’m proud to say I’ve never watched her. If I want news slanted all the way to the left, I’ll listen to Radio Pyongyang (or MSNBC).

  • Dave

    Who is Katie Couric?

    • evaD

      Correction> What is Katie Couric?

  • Elizabeth Read

    Glad to see her go. Not objective in her reaporting at all, very bias.

    • H Britten

      Uh, no. I know this is a popular talking point with Palin’s doe-eyed supporters, but it was never true. Couric did her job well and really surprised me with her professionalism and seriousness.

  • None Of Your Business

    Bring back Bob Schieffer to the Evening News.

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