Katie Couric

Katie Couric

Katie’s Big Move

You used to wake up to her every morning. Now Katie Couric is moving into your afternoons – and she’s tackling bigger subjects than ever before.

You may have seen her deliver the news on Today, CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, Dateline, Good Morning America, ABC World News, 20/20 and many more prestigious programs. But it is Katie Couric's courageous acts off camera that have so many women looking to her as a role model.

From raising two daughters on her own after her husband passed away in 1998 to passionately crusading for cancer research, Katie has continuously impressed us with her character, not just her successful career.

Staying happy

"I think staying busy and doing something you love keeps you happy."

"I think staying busy and doing something you love keeps you happy," Katie said. "Being committed to something larger than yourself and your own little microcosm. I’ve committed a lot of time to cancer advocacy work, Stand Up To Cancer, and colon cancer research. I think having some kind of higher purpose is really important and really giving back gives you a lot of personal satisfaction."

And with her daytime talk show Katie premiering on Sept. 10, the 55-year-old will now have her own platform to bring attention to the issues she cares about.

Katie told us her show will explore serious topics such as dating violence, army suicides, and the impact of technology on our culture. She’ll also be discussing the topic of personal happiness and how people tend to put too much pressure on themselves.

"You know I’m not happy all the time," Katie said. "Sometimes I’m lonely, sometimes I’m frustrated and self-critical like everyone else, but I think I’ve accepted that as hard as it is, you’re not going to be happy 100 percent of the time."

Celebrity interviews

The show won’t be all tough subjects though. In line with her daytime competitors such as Ellen, Katie will feature celebrity guests. Her first interviews will include Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez and Barbra Streisand. At the top of her wish list for the future: Kate Middleton.

"I think it would be really interesting to interview Kate Middleton because I think she has comported herself so well since she has been thrust in the limelight," Katie said.

"It would be really interesting to interview Kate Middleton because I think she has comported herself so well since she has been thrust in the limelight."

She threw in a bit of constructive criticism for the duchess, though: "I think she needs to eat more because she’s so thin."

Middleton would join a laundry list of famous women Couric has interviewed including her favorite, Audrey Hepburn.

"Audrey Hepburn was one of the most elegant and charming and gracious people I’ve ever spoken to," Katie said. "(She) went around the whole studio and introduced herself to every cameraman, every member of our technical crew, every production assistant. She was just so gracious."

Role models

As her own personal role model, Katie looks to one of the leading women in her field.

"Barbara Walters certainly has been a trailblazer for women in television news," she told SheKnows. "She is like the ever-ready bunny. She never slows down. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do what she has done. I’m not quite in my 80s yet, so you can check back with me then."

Somehow we think she’ll keep going and going, too! So what is Katie’s secret to keeping it all together?

"My biggest piece of advice is to find what works for you."

"My biggest piece of advice is to find what works for you," Katie told us. "For some women a demanding job and raising kids is just too difficult, their heart just isn’t in it. I think you really have to look at yourself and find out what will make you happy."

Powerful women: What does Katie think about the portrayal of powerful women in the media? "You don’t see male CEOs or politicians picked apart for the way they look as much as women."

Want more? Watch the full interview with Katie below!

Motherhood

Whether or not a woman chooses to work, Katie encourages finding something to focus on outside of just motherhood. Couric has two daughters from her late husband, Jay Monahan -- Ellie, 21, and Carrie, 16.

"It’s really important for women to have an identity in addition to that of ‘mother,’" she said. "Whether it’s doing community service or writing a blog, feeling as if they’re contributing in addition to their kids. If you just focus all your attention on that, it’s sometimes difficult because you feel like your identity is lost once your kids leave."

Be sure to catch Katie Couric’s first episode of Katie on Sept. 10, where she’ll discuss issues like this and so much more! Check your local listings for times.

And if you'd like to attend a taping of Katie, find out how here.

Watch our interview with Katie Couric

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Comments on "Katie Couric talks Kate Middleton, celebrity encounters, and her new show"

HBNina September 14, 2012 | 6:21 AM

Who the hell gave Katie Couric a TV show? She's no OPRAH!!!! Tell her to retire. You can not be a mom if you are never there........

Bonny LaMonica September 13, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Fantastic. I love your show

Sunny September 12, 2012 | 7:42 AM

I was just on the verge of becoming a Katie Couric fan once again but this comment about Kate Middleton is ridiculous. Katie should have considered that US/British relations (true, on a small scale) are involved here. I fear Katie has illusions about her own abilities and skills.

Edith McGlynn September 06, 2012 | 6:07 PM

Katie, Is a jealous woman that has lost her youth and charm so she cast unfair and unfounded statements about beautiful and young ladies. Katie should stick with what she does best something I have never seen maybe it is her boy toys that she plays with.

GuestAnon September 05, 2012 | 8:46 PM

That was so WRONG of Katie Couric to say that Catherine Duchess of Cambridge is underweight. Katie Couric is not a: doctor, nurse, nutritionist, medical expert, or medical practitioner of any kind. Katie Couric was not even ASKED during the interview about her personal opinion on Catherine Duchess. She was asked for her view as a Journalist, whom she would like to interview; and could not even do that in a professional manner. KATIE COURIC didn't shoot herself in the foot; she shot herself in the heart of her dying career. Lost her job as an Evening News Presenter because the Public no longer finds her credible.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada September 05, 2012 | 6:00 PM

I know you are an American, but for the record her name now is Kate Windsor. Her title is The Dutchess of Cambridge. We are honoured that the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge choose Canada as the first official Commonwealth country to visit on their honeymoon.

Stu Marks September 05, 2012 | 3:10 PM

I guess when your career is over, and you're desperate for attention, you'll say ANYTHING to grab the spotlight... How sad you are...

tvchiquita September 05, 2012 | 8:13 AM

Dear Katie Couric, I expect more from you than throwing in an unnecessary, snarky comment about Kate Middleton's weight in an interview. Honest to God, I thought you were more evolved than that. For shame. Just lost a whole lot of respect for you.

mary ann September 05, 2012 | 7:29 AM

who really cares what Katie Couric thinks? I think she's become way too full of herself, and frankly boring. Kate Middleton is smart enough to know how to take care of herself and since she is so happy in her life I'm sure she would do just that. So much publicity about Couric's new (what's new about another talk show?) show so of course she had to add a little more. Some people are just naturally thin and healthy at the same time, I think everyione should leave Kate Middleton alone and focus on their own lives and that includes Couric. I used to like her on the today show but she's beome another annoying personality. The only day I'll watch Couric's show is the day she has Barbra Streisand on and that will be to see Barbra, not Couric.

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