Posts by Katie Couric
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric6 days ago
By Bianna Golodryga Jack Dorsey knows code. The co-founder of Twitter and CEO of the mobile payments company Square, Dorsey has the perfect pedigree of a Silicon Valley programmer turned business mogul.
Dorsey grew up in tech at a time when men dominated the field. They still do. Only about 20 percent of programmers are women. But with changing attitudes and programs like Square's College Code Camp, which Dorsey participates in, the gender gap is slowly starting to close.
"I think it starts at an early age — I think that's when the gender divide really starts," says Jackie Orth, a "camper" and college senior from the University of Louisville.
"Boys get Legos for Christmas. Girls get Barbies and get interested in fashion design, while boys get interested in building and creating new things," she says.
Square's CFO Sarah Friar admits changing the culture isn't going to happen overnight but says Square's commitment to strong female leadership is a great signal to young women entering the field.
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric7 days ago
By Emily Scharnhorst
Near the end of summer every year, about 100 miles north of Reno in the Nevada desert, tens of thousands of people gather for theBurning Man festival, an oasis for the most eclectic group of people on the planet.
This year the event sold out in 44 minutes, but when it all started as a summer solstice celebration in 1986, it was simply a gathering of a small group of friends. San Francisco-based artist Larry Harvey and a few collaborators built an eight-foot wooden man on San Francisco's Baker Beach and set it on fire.
By 1990, the event had become so popular that it was moved to Black Rock Desert in Nevada to provide more space for the masses.
Over the past few years, Burning Man has become more mainstream, with attendees from Silicon Valley, such as Google's ex-CEO Eric Schmidt, and celebrities like Diddy. This year, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is expected to partake in the festivities.
Tickets for Burning Man go for nearly $400, but that's about all you will spend, because once you're there, it's all about sharing. Nothing is for sale except coffee and ice.
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric8 days ago
By Katie Couric
What if I told you for as little as $10, you could win a chance to be an extra in the next "Star Wars" film or Uzo Aduba's, aka Crazy Eyes, VIP guest on the set of "Orange Is the New Black"? Well, thanks to Omaze, an online charity auction, you could!
Best friends since college, Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins came up with the bright idea after attending an auction hosted by their childhood hero and basketball great, Magic Johnson. The opportunity to sit courtside and have dinner with Johnson was a dream come true, but like most auctions, the prize went to the highest bidder for $15,000.
"We couldn't afford to participate," says Pohlson. They considered "What if this was available to everybody online for 10 bucks for the chance to win, you could raise so much more money, so much more awareness ... and then guys like us would also have the chance to play basketball with Magic Johnson."
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric10 days ago
By Katie Couric
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed joy today about the recovery of American missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. "We want to thank them for the service that they have rendered our country. And I'm glad Dr. Brantly said he's going to come back to Liberia. We just love him," President Sirleaf said.
Brantly and Writebol were released from Emory University Hospital this week after contracting Ebola in Liberia last month. Both were given the experimental drug ZMapp.
By Katie Couric
For a politician facing two felony counts, Texas Governor Rick Perry certainly looked cheerful in his mug shot.
On Tuesday, Aug. 19, he appeared at an Austin courthouse to answer charges of abuse of power and coercion. After being booked and fingerprinted, he headed to a local burger joint for an ice cream cone and tweeted a photo.
It all started back in April, when a Texas district attorney named Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Perry wanted her to resign from her post as head of the Public Integrity Unit and threatened to veto $7.5 million in funding to the office if she refused. Lehmberg stayed put, and Perry made good on his promise.
Now, a legal battle has begun.
The governor said this week, “The actions I took were not only lawful and legal, but right.” But Texas Democrats claim it’s more complicated than that. To find out more and what could possibly happen next, watch this video.
Hopefully afterward you’ll be able to say, “Now I get it."
By Katie Couric
She's a philanthropist, mother and half of the world's most generous couple. Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, have tackled numerous global issues through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since the foundation's inception in 2000, they have given over $30 billion dollars to fight disease, prevent the spread of HIV and foster agricultural development. Melinda joined me today from the Gates Foundation's headquarters in Seattle to discuss a top domestic priority — education.
This week, Bill and Melinda Gates celebrated teachers through a series of blog posts and video interviews on GatesNotes.com. It's all part of Back to School week and wraps up with a big announcement in support of DonorsChoose.org — an online charity that accepts donations to directly fund classroom projects. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching up to $1 million of donations today, August 22, through Sunday, August 24.
By Liz Goodwin
The brother of American journalist James Foley said Friday morning that the U.S. government could have done more to attempt to free his brother and other American hostages from the Islamic militant group ISIL.
“There’s more that could have been done directly on Jim’s behalf,” Michael Foley, 38, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview near his parents’ home in Dover, New Hampshire. “I really, really hope that Jim’s death pushes us to take another look at our approach to terrorist and hostage negotiation.”
Foley, a 40-year-old journalist who was covering the Syrian conflict for GlobalPost, was kidnapped nearly two years ago near the Syria-Turkey border. ISIL, also called ISIS, released a grisly video of his beheading Tuesday, claiming it killed him in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in the region.
- Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric14 days ago
By Katie Couric
My peers of a certain age will remember an Oil of Olay commercial about deciding not to grow old gracefully, but rather to "fight it every step of the way."
And while we spend billions trying to turn back time, the Fountain of Youth has yet to be found at the bottom of a lotion bottle.
But one researcher from Harvard Medical School, David Sinclair, believes the secret to stopping the aging process is closer than we think.
"I wouldn't begin to put a limit on the human lifespan," he says.
Sinclair has spent the past 20 years looking for ways to help people live longer, healthier lives.
In an exclusive look at his strictly guarded mouse lab, Sinclair showed us how his research team is looking to stop the clock on aging.
It was Sinclair's research on resveratrol, a molecule found in grapes, that made headlines a decade ago when it showed promising results in keeping overfed mice as healthy as lean mice. Sinclair even chose to test resveratrol on himself, something he has been doing for the past 10 years, and he says he's feeling fit and healthy. Likewise, his parents, who are in their 70s, report similar results from taking resveratrol.