She occupied half of Walter Cronkite’s anchor chair on CBS Evening News (she co-anchored with Dan Rather); she famously interviewed Newt Gingrich’s mother, and she is married to Maury Povich. In her 2009 Archive Interview, Connie Chung talks of being a serious journalist, covering national elections and 9/11, yet also shows her softer side, speaking of her role as a mother, and outlining her frequent appearances on Late Night with David Letterman skits.
She details working with Walter Cronkite:
And why she felt comfortable appearing on the hit sitcom, Murphy Brown:
April 16, 1962: Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchor of CBS Evening News. The original 15-minute broadcast was titled Walter Cronkite with the News and was renamed and expanded to 30 minutes in 1963. Cronkite served as both managing editor and anchor of the program until 1981 and reported on countless historical moments over the years, including Apollo 11’s Moon Landing, JFK’s assassination, the escalating war in Vietnam, and Watergate.
Cronkite on becoming anchor of CBS Evening News and JFK’s appearance on the first half-hour broadcast:
Footage of Cronkite announcing the death of President Kennedy:
Cronkite on reporting JFK’s death:
Cronkite on his signature sign-off, “That’s the way it is:”
In her newly released 2010 interview, journalist Katie Couric describes her career in front of the camera as correspondent, reporter, co-host & anchor of some of television’s most respected programs. She tells of her first on-camera debut at CNN, her role as co-host of NBC’s Today, and how she hoped to revamp the traditional format of CBS Evening News while serving as television’s first, female, fulltime anchor. Watch Katie Couric’s interview in its entirety here.
The Archive is saddened to learn of the passing of Katie Couric’s father, John, whom she credits with her love of words and writing. She speaks lovingly about her father in the excerpt below:
About this interview:
In her Archive interview, Katie Couric discusses her path from desk assistant at ABC News to desk anchor at CBS News. She details her love of writing and how she became interested in journalism while in college, and shares the tales of her not-so-glamorous debuts as an on-camera reporter for CNN in Washington, D.C. and as an anchor for the WTBJ local news in Miami. Despite these setbacks, Couric recounts how she persisted and proceeded to anchor the news at WRC in Washington, D.C., to work at the NBC News Washington Bureau, and subsequently, to co-host Today. She speaks of her experience on Today and on transitioning to CBS Evening News, and describes what it means to her to be the first solo female news anchor. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman in New York on June 18, 2010.
“For anyone who loves a craft, loves news (reporting)… the bedrock requirement is to love the news, which I did.”
Watch Dan Rather’s full 2005 interview ; he discusses the craft of journalism and the many, many historical milestones he covered both as a reporter and later, as anchor for the CBS Evening News (1980-2005).
In this excerpt, he recalls the events of September 11, 2001:
About the Interview: Dan Rather was interviewed for nearly eight hours (in two sessions) in New York, NY. He talks at length about growing up in Houston, Texas, and his early years as a radio and television journalist in the local market. He describes in detail his work at KHOU-TV, where his dramatic continuous coverage of “Hurricane Carla” garnered national recognition and brought him to the attention of CBS News. In addition, he explains the challenges and lessons he learned from covering monumental moments in the Civil Rights Movement and the assassination of President Kennedy, and why CBS News, due to logistics, did not broadcast live television’s first on-air murder — that of Lee Harvey Oswald. He concludes with recollections on covering the war in Vietnam, the Nixon White House, and 9/11, and also speaks of his work on 60 Minutes and on succeeding Walter Cronkite as anchor of CBS Evening News. The two-part interview was conducted by Don Carleton on April 7 and November 7, 2005.
Katie Couric sat for her Archive of American Television Interview in 2010, and talked about her long career in television journalism, including her tenure as a host on NBC’s Today show.
While Connie Chung, Barbara Walters, and others had co-hosted the nightly evening news, Couric became the country’s first solo, permanent, female nightly news anchor when she joined CBS’s Evening News in 2006. Today she announced she would be stepping down from that post.
In this interview excerpt, she discusses her legacy as an anchor, why the show was groundbreaking for television news, what it meant for her as a woman, and why she is proud of the job she did there.
“I wanted people to see a female newscaster on the evening news and say “That’s normal. This isn’t a first. This is acceptable.” Women are more than half of the population and newscasters and on-air reporters– they should look like America.”
- Katie Couric, from her June 18, 2010 interview.