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2006: Katie Couric Debuts as CBS Anchor
September 5, 2017  | By Linda Donovan  | 2 comments
 

On this date in 2006, Katie Couric made her debut as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. With her debut, Couric became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast.

The broadcast headed by Couric won many awards but wasn't the ratings winner CBS had hoped. Couric announced her plan to leave the anchor chair, later admitting in various interviews that the atmosphere at CBS never really dovetailed with her personality.

She made her final appearance as anchor on May 19, 2011.
 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Isenberg
Dan Rather did not ruin CBS News but he did help lots of viewers turn elsewhere like to Tom Brokaw. Now,the Evening News is almost a joke even with credible reporters and a decent guy Anthony Mason as the interim anchor.Katie Couric made it worse and is held in low regard for good reasons beyond being able to announce Walter Cronkite's death. She is a good person for her cancer fundraising etc. but she went way soft for most of her tenure including occasional 60 Minutes pieces.
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Mark Isenberg
This was as bad as the Dan and Connie Chung trial anchors duo. If CBS News was trying to soften the news,this was not the way to do it with emotional interviews aside from tragedies where Katie would talk to survivors. It also made many viewers willing to at least check her out realize that CBS News was still a liberal platform and it has never recovered despite 60 Minutes. It actually got worse in the mornings with Charlie Rose and Gayle King but then few are watching.
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