Posts by Katie Couric

  • Bill and Melinda Gates bet big on the future and philanthropy

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 6 days ago

     

    By Gabriel Noble

    Bill and Melinda Gates, the undisputed heavyweights of philanthropy and ranked the wealthiest in the world, sat down with Yahoo Global News Anchor, Katie Couric, and addressed income inequality and other prevalent issues impacting people globally.

    In response to Oxfam International's finding that “the richest one percent of people will own half of the world’s wealth by 2016,” Bill shared that he believes “philanthropy is part of how we deal with those inequities.” Melinda adds that “philanthropy can point the light on an issue that maybe isn’t being funded, or... take a risk that others won't take. ”  Using the example of philanthropists driving the charter school movement, Bill makes the point that often with less money than the public school nearby, they are having incredible success getting students into four-year colleges.

    Watch the complete interview below:

     

     

  • How to Win an Oscar

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 11 days ago

    By Kaye Foley

    The nominations are in, and Hollywood is gearing up for its biggest night — the Academy Awards. The grand finale of award season is filled with fashion, fun and, of course, competition.

    The annual Oscar race proves that it takes more than making a great movie to win big. Some actors and actresses appear to have the Midas touch, turning every movie into Oscar gold.

    Meryl Streep has been nominated 19 times and has won three awards. Jack Nicholson has received 12 nominations and has also taken home the prize three times. But some of the greats, surprisingly, have never snagged a statue. Glenn Closehas had six nominations, but has zero wins.

    So what’s the key to cracking the Oscar code?

    Whether you’re looking to add that gold statuette to your mantel at home or not, at least after watching this video, come Oscar Sunday you’ll be able to say, “Now I Get It.”

     

     

  • Journalism after #CharlieHebdo

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 13 days ago

    By Olivier Knox

    News organizations must “recalibrate” how they cover violent conflicts or terrorists in the aftermath of the Jan. 7 massacre at Charlie Hebdo, the latest in a series of bloody incidents showing that Islamist extremists increasingly view reporters as legitimate targets.

    That’s just one of the stark conclusions Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric drew from a panel of experts convened for an unprecedented live-stream show to discuss the aftermath of the attack last week on the French satirical newspaper.

    Robert Mahoney, the deputy director of theCommittee to Protect Journalists, agreed. “You used to need a journalist to tell a story,” he said. But the rise of social media has made that less true, while “capturing a journalist” generates either coverage or, in some cases, much-needed cash from ransom payments.

    Some expressed “quite a bit of outrage,” while others wanted to work through “why would that be something that we thought would be a good idea,” she said.

    Should news outlets publish the new cartoon?

  • Jimmy Carter defends Obama over missing Paris rally

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 15 days ago

    By Jon Ward

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  • Haiti: 5 years later

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 16 days ago

    By Molly McGuiness

    This Monday marks five years since a catastrophic, magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, claiming at least 230,000 lives.

    It was January 12, 2010, just before 5 p.m., when the world came crashing down for millions of Haitians. Bodies lined the streets, and entire communities were reduced to piles of rubble.

    Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, then anchor of the CBS Evening News, was on the ground in Port-au-Prince 14 hours after the quake struck. In a makeshift medical clinic run byB-FAST(Belgian First Aid and Support), she met 13-year-old Pierre Larousse. The skin on his forehead had been scraped away, and his leg was broken. Like so many children, Pierre had become an orphan in an instant that day. His piercing cries begged the question an entire nation wanted an answer to: “Why?”

     

  • Comedian opens up about her battle with depression

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 1 mth ago

     

    Ruby Wax is an American abroad. She’s a comedian and writer who found fame not in her native United States but in the United Kingdom. She’s known for her standup comedy and BBC shows especially “Ruby Wax Meets,” where she’s interviewed the likes of O.J. Simpson and Madonna. And she’s also well known for suffering from depression.

    After unintentionally being “outed” thanks to a British ad campaign that used her face on a poster about mental illness, Wax said she had to come clean about her depression, which had earlier gotten to a point where she was institutionalized.

    To help her cope with her condition, she started attending psychotherapy classes at Oxford University. She eventually earned a master’s degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and wrote a book titled “Sane New World: Taming the Mind.”

    In her book, which is a bestseller in the U.K., Wax points out five things we may not know about what she calls our normal-crazy mind:

    The bad news: We are drawn to bad news

    Negativity is all in your head (mostly)

  • Common on ‘Selma’ and race in America

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 1 mth ago

     

    By Brian Prowse-Gany

    Coming from the streets of Chicago’s South Side and making his way to the silver screen, hip-hop innovator Common is a modern-day Renaissance man who has left his mark on music, film, television and fashion. With two Grammys and three top 10 albums under his belt, he has helped create a more introspective and thought-provoking style of hip-hop music.

    Common is making history yet again, this time by portraying civil rights crusader James Bevel in the upcoming filmSelma, the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march to Montgomery, Ala., which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with Common to discuss his participation in Selma, the death ofEric Garner and what, after a year in which racial inequality dominated the headlines, we can do next.

     

     

  • Stephen Collins to '7th Heaven' Fans: 'I'm very sorry'

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 1 mth ago

     In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, embattled actor Stephen Collins admits to sexual misconduct with underage girls and talks about his time starring on the hit show "7th Heaven."

    (WATCH: More of Katie Couric's interview with Stephen Collins)

    The actor said pointedly that all of the incidents occurred before he was cast on "7th Heaven" and was emphatic that absolutely nothing inappropriate or illegal ever occurred with anyone from the cast of the show. He also discussed former cast member Jessica Biel and remarks he made about a racy photo shoot she did for Gear magazine when she was 17-years-old.  "I wasn't judging her at all.  Jessie is one of the great people I've ever known. And she just felt that she had been taken advantage of."

     

  • Stephen Colbert: Your Backstage Pass to the Finale

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News 1 mth ago

    It was a surreal night. I walked into the studio for Stephen Colbert's final show as the bombastic, charmingly buffoonish character that so many have loved for the past 9 years, and felt like it was the most bizarre cross section of humanity assembled in one place.

    Wow.

    There's Francis Collins of the NIH, the guy who mapped the human genome. Karim Abdul-Jabbar is sitting across from Toby Keith. Oh, hey Saul, I mean Mandy Patinkin. I hope I'll see you again on Sunday night. How do I love thee, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky? Jeff Daniels. Yo-Yo Ma. Andy Cohen. Doris Kearns Goodwin. Yo Dr. Kissinger.

     To read more names, my friend David Gregory took a shot of the guest list: 

    Related:   Watch 'The Colbert Report' and More Comedy Central Videos on Yahoo Screen

     

     

  • Exclusive: Stephen Collins opens up about sexual abuse of underage girls

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 1 mth ago

    For the first time since an explosive sexual-misconduct scandal broke in October, actor Stephen Collins is talking directly about the incidents, and the events that led to the story being leaked to the press.

    In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Collins insists he has had only one inappropriate incident involving physical contact with a minor and that he is not a pedophile.

    “A pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I'm not. I had a distortion in my thinking where I acted out in those ways. But I'm absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted to children. I'm just not.”

    He also described an encounter with one girl in 1973, saying he knew he had done something “unthinkably wrong” that he couldn't take back.

    “I took her hand and moved it in such a way that she was touching me inappropriately,” Collins told Couric.

    The “7th Heaven” star also confessed to exposing himself to a teenage girl in 1982 and another in 1994.