Couric takes over

In the long history of the CBS Evening News, there had been only three permanent anchors: Douglas Edwards, Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

Now there is a fourth. Katie Couric (CBS biography) debuted as the newscast’s latest anchor last night. Couric is a legitimate journalist who was part of NBC’s news team covering the Pentagon and the Gulf War in 1991. For the last 15 years she has been the host of NBC’s Today Show, and her work has not been considered to be on the front lines of reporting.

Her main job at CBS is not to deliver the news but to deliver an audience (preferably one that is a little younger than the one CBS has). Here are a few stories and reviews of her first night: New York Times, Washington Post, NPR.

(Posted Sept. 6, 2006)

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