Posts by Katie Couric

  • Comedian opens up about her battle with depression

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    By Adam Sechrist

    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

    Small steps make big changes

  • Common on ‘Selma’ and race in America

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 7 days 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 8 days 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 8 days 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 10 days 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.

     

  • The new face of the GOP

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 18 days ago

     

    By Gabriel Noble

    Thanks to a bloodbath in themidterm elections, Republicans now control both the House and Senate, and they are setting their sights on the White House for 2016. They are undoubtedly energized by young and diverse representatives such as Mia Love, the first African American Republican woman in the House, and Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman to be elected to Congress.

    In West Virginia, Saira Blairwon a seat in House of Delegates, becoming the nation’s youngest elected state legislator.

    Blair and her father, state Sen. Craig Blair, sat down with Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric to discuss her inspiration to run, her historic win, and hope for her generation in the political process. “My generation is going to have $17 trillion of debt on our hands. And we deserve at least one vote in the House of Delegates. Because we shouldn't have to wait until we're 30, 40, 50 or 60 to understand the importance of conservative principles,” Blair said.

  • Eric Garner's children speak to Katie Couric in exclusive interview

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 23 days ago

    In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, two of Eric Garner’s children spoke out about the controversial decision by a grand jury in Staten Island, N.Y., not to indict a white police officer in their father’s death.

    “I was disappointed,” Erica Garner said of the decision. “You’ve seen him die on national TV just like everybody else.  Why?”

    Videotape captured Garner’s death as he was wrestled to the ground in an apparent chokehold this summer. Couric was also joined by a panel that included former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and black political comedian W. Kamau Bell.

    “I have to be totally honest with you, Katie. I didn’t know Ray Kelly would be here [on set].  I don’t feel safe now,” Bell said in reference to his fear of police.

    Kelly responded to Bell’s assertion that police unfairly target African Americans by saying: “The unfortunate reality is there is a fair amount of crime in communities of color that police respond to. Some of those interactions are negative.”

    Couric further dissected the issue with two bloggers, Franchesca Ramsey and Latoya Peterson, as well as journalist Dion Rabouin.

  • Yahoo’s top 10 news searches of 2014

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 25 days ago

    It has been a year filled with big news stories that shaped the conversation on race, politics, privacy and much more. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric takes a look back at your most searched news stories of 2014. 10) Obamacare: Formally known as the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s plan to reform health care has been plagued by technical glitches and consumer confusion. Kathleen Sebelius, who led the rollout of the new law as health and human services secretary, stepped down in April.  But now, a second act has begun. Open enrollment is under way until mid-February, but stay tuned for a looming Supreme Court case that could dismantle the entire program. 9) Domestic violence: A viral video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching in the face his then fiancée, Janay, sparked a national conversation about domestic violence. Rice was suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in response to public criticism that the initial decision to ban him for two games was inadequate. Rice appealed and won and has been reinstated in the league.   8) Islamic State:  It was a brutal year in Iraq and Syria, as the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State, or IS, gained momentum and captured territory throughout the region, killing thousands along the way. The group posted online barbaric videos of beheadings. Two American journalists were among those executed. The United States continues to fight back through airstrikes on the group in Iraq and Syria. 7) Jodi Arias: The fate of Jodi Arias lies in the hands of a jury hearing a retrial of the sentencing phase of her case. Arias was convicted of killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander, but the first jury was unable to agree on whether she should receive the death penalty or spend the rest of her life in prison. 6) Ferguson:  Racial tensions erupted this year in Ferguson, Mo., after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson.  Protesters clashed with police for weeks after the shooting.  The violence escalated again after a grand jury voted not to indict Wilson.  He has since resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, citing safety concerns for his family and fellow officers. 5) Malaysia Airlines: The embattled airline made news for all the wrong reasons this year. In March, Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, vanished during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. A months-long air and sea search has so far failed to turn up any sign of the missing aircraft. In July, another Malaysia Airlines plane, Flight 17, carrying 298 people, was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all on board. Ukraine and U.S. officials blame separatist fighters backed by Russia for downing the jetliner. 4) Leaked photos: The Internet was abuzz after it was reported that hundreds of private photos of celebrities, mostly of women, had been stolen and posted on various websites. Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were among those who confirmed the photos’ authenticity. Hackers are believed to have conducted a sophisticated and targeted attack on Apple’s iCloud service to obtain the material. 3) Midterm elections: He wasn’t on any of the ballots, but the 2014 midterm elections turned into a referendum on President Barack Obama’s performance in office. Voters gave Republicans a decisive victory as they took control of the Senate and padded their lead in the House.    2) The death of Robin Williams: His legions of fans were shocked and saddened when it was revealed that the comic genius and Oscar-winning actor had taken his own life. Williams, 63, had battled depression and substance abuse throughout his life. It was revealed after his death that he was also in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. 1) Ebola epidemic: It started with just a few cases in Guinea, and became the deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record. The virus spread throughout West Africa, claiming more than 5,000 lives. In September, the first case of the disease in the United States was diagnosed at Texas Presbyterian Hospital. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen who had recently arrived in the United States, died of complications from Ebola. Two nurses who treated him also contracted the virus but recovered. Duncan’s death raised serious questions about the capacity of U.S. hospitals to effectively treat the disease and to protect health care workers treating the infected.

  • The three sides to the immigration story

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 1 mth ago

    By Katherine Brinn

    Executive action on immigration. What does that mean exactly?

    It's a way for the president to make a major change to immigration policy without consulting Congress, and this one could ease the fears of many undocumented immigrants … for now.

    In an announcementon Thursday, President Obama unveiled a reform plan that will allow 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States without having to worry about getting deported.

    It's a move the president is allowed to make without getting the green light from Congress, but that doesn't meanlawmakersare happy about it.

    In fact, many of them, like House Speaker John Boehner, feel that his announcement amounts to an abuse of power, and they're threatening to retaliate — some have even threatened to sue the president.