"I think every time that someone's tried to push me down it's just made me say, 'you know I'm not going to take that; I'm going to prove them wrong…' It just made me want to improve and get better and in hindsight that was such a gift, because when I was given opportunities, I had worked so hard and gained so much experience that I was actually ready for those positions. So in a weird way, it actually served me very, very well to have people kind of say, 'you're not that good.' It made me want to prove them wrong and in the process I got a lot better."
About This Interview
In her one-hour 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 sole, female news anchor. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman in New York on June 18, 2010.