Katie Couric broke boundaries when she sat behind the desk at CBS' Evening News program. Many viewed it as a triumph for women, but for Couric, it was a step backward that left her feeling "constrained."
"I'm really proud of the work I did- I had an ultimate sense of satisfaction, but I was not ambivalent about feeling this wasn't the place for me for the rest of my career. It wasn't the right environment for me. In terms of atmosphere, it wasn't a good fit for my sensibilities and my personality," she told Good Housekeeping.
Couric took over Evening News in 2006 and actually won awards for her work, including the Edward R. Murrow Award in both 2008 and 2009. In 2009 she also took home the Emmy Governor's Award in recognition of her broadcasting career. Throughout her time on TV, Couric has been able to interview United States Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.
Her time at Evening News brought up personal questions for Couric, including, "Gee, do I need this?" Those questions were silenced by her determination to succeed and produce a good, informative news show.
"I thought, 'you know what? I can do this job as well as anyone,'" she explained. "I resolved to do the best job I could and focus on the business at hand."
Now Couric is energetic and focused on her new talk show "Katie," which will premiere on ABC on September 10. Promoters have flooded New York City to give fans an opportunity to be in the audience of the new show. For her part, Couric has been busy drumming up celebrity guest stars, and that may include a reunion with former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
"Katie absolutely wants another crack at Palin," a show insider told Radar Online. "Katie would be honored to have Governor Palin as her first guest on her new show, but she truly doesn't expect that she will accept the invitation because of the controversy surrounding the previous interview."