Posts by Katie Couric

  • Immunotherapy: The new weapon in the fight against cancer

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 2 days ago

    By Molly McGuiness The idea that we could use our bodies to fight cancer is nothing new.  

    Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee explains, “We think of science as a kind of linear narrative. But of course it’s a circular narrative as well. You look at the past to figure out, ‘Well, wait a second, maybe that thing that really died an early death could be recovered and rejuvenated.’ And now it’s an amazingly important cancer medicine. That’s what makes it a detective story.”

    Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with Mukherjee and filmmaker Ken Burns to discuss the new documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”The six-hour, three-part film series, airing on PBS on March 30 and 31 and April 1, unravels the mystery of cancer through the patients who battle the disease and the researchers and scientists who have dedicated their lives to treating it.

    Immunotherapy was first explored by a 19th-century surgeon named William Coley at Memorial Hospital in New York City. 


  • The Federal Reserve explained

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 2 days ago

    By Kaye Foley

    Chair Janet Yellen grabbed everyone’s attention this year when she implied that the Federal Reserve, aka the Fed, may raise interest rates for the first time in six years. The markets have been respondingever since, once again proving that the Fed holds a lot of the cards when it comes to the U.S. economy.

    But what exactly is the Fed? And how did it become so powerful?

    The government has influence over the economy in two ways. There’s fiscal policy, which is when Congress and the president create legislation on taxes, regulation and government spending.

    Then there’s monetary policy, and that’s where the Fed comes in.

    It’s all about checks and balances.

    Currently the economy is doing well. The dollar is strong, inflation is low, and unemployment is down. The Fed is weighing whether or not the economy is strong enough to handle an increase in interest rates before making a decision.


  • Sidney Farber and Lifting the Shame of Cancer

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 4 days ago


    The idea seemed unthinkable: Inject children who are already gravely ill with a potent poison in an attempt to make them better.

    In 1947, a leukemia diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. It could kill a healthy child in just a few months. 

    Sidney Farber, MD, a pathologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, who had seen too many children’s lives cut short by this relentless disease, thought the answer may lie in subjecting his young patients to a rare and possibly dangerous compound called aminopterin.

    His experiment worked. The drug starved white blood cells of crucial nutrients and poisoned the cancer, resulting in an unknown concept for these children — remission. It was the beginning of chemotherapy.

    Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with Burns and Mukherjee to talk about the scientists and advocates who pushed cancer research forward and helped lift the shame of this devastating disease.

    Lasker and Farber, together, with masterful advertising campaigns and elaborate fundraising efforts brought cancer awareness to the forefront… and to the White House.


  • Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 5 days ago

    All of us know someone who has been affected by cancer. In 1997, I had a great career, a wonderful husband and two beautiful young daughters, who were 5 and 1. In an instant, everything changed. That’s what cancer does, it changes everything in an instant.

    My husband, Jay, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Nine months later, he died. He was 42.

    Three years after that, my sister, Emily, who had read my eulogy for me at Jay’s funeral, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She lost her battle on Oct. 18, 2001. She was 54.

    This is why, like so many before me, I’ve become a crusader against cancer. I experienced what so many families have experienced: the terrifying, numbing impact of a cancer diagnosis; the fear of a future without that person who means the world to you; and the feeling that you have a vice around your heart 24/7 and the anguish in realizing that there is nothing anyone can do. At first, I focused on colon cancer, even undergoing a colonoscopy on national television. Then I decided I needed to expand my cancer advocacy portfolio and do something to bring attention to the often-devastating consequences of other forms of the disease.


  • UVA rape investigation: Police say no evidence to support allegations reported by Rolling Stone

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 6 days ago


    Police in Charlottesville, Va., say they found no evidence to support claims by a woman who said she was gang raped at the University of Virginia in 2012 — an explosive allegation that gained national attention when it was reported by Rolling Stone last fall.

    At a news conference Monday, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said the woman, identified as “Jackie” by the magazine, refused to cooperate with police in their investigation.

    Longo said the case has been suspended, but he emphasized that it has not been closed.

    “There is no substantive basis to conclude that what was reported in that article happened,” Longo said. “That doesn’t mean something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie.”

    {RELATED: The bizarre story behind the Rolling Stone rape case}

    Erdely, who promised Jackie she would not interview the alleged attackers, relied on the accounts of the alleged victim and her friends. Dana admitted that was a mistake.

    Watch the complete live stream below:



  • Richmond police chief: 'All lives matter. That's really what community policing should be about.'

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 7 days ago



    by Brad Marshland

    When Chris Magnus first moved to Richmond, Calif., in 2006, he would hear gunshots at night, sometimes very close to his house. That would be disturbing to anyone, but it was especially so to Magnus, as he had just been hired to be Richmond's new chief of police.

    Recent shootings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo.; Cleveland, Ohio;  and Madison, Wis., have triggered violent reactions, revealing a deep chasm between many police departments and the communities they purportedly serve. But not so in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Richmond: Not only are relationships between the people and the police strong, but the statistics indicate that the policies instituted by Chief Magnus are significantly reducing crime. Violent crime has been dropping nationally for years – down 14.5% since 2004, according to the FBI. In Richmond, it has dropped even faster. Homicides in this city of just over 100,000 are down from 47 in 2007 to just 11 last year.

    That said, the Richmond department has begun testing the technology, in part in an effort to learn how cameras might support its broader goals.


  • Pope Francis: The first two years

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 9 days ago

    By Kaye Foley

    March 19 marked the second anniversary of the inauguration of Pope Francis. In his first two years as pontiff, Pope Francis, the 266th leader of the Catholic Church, has stayed true to his Jesuit roots and brought a fresh sense of humility and empathy to the church.

    As spiritual leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, Pope Francis has urged people to look after the poor and the marginalized. Right from the start, he wished for a “poor church for the poor.”

    The former Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires practices what he preaches. He lives simply. He refuses to ride in the bulletproof limo as popes have in the past, he eats in the cafeteria with Vatican workers and he lives in a modest apartment in the Vatican guesthouse instead of the papal palace.

    For now, Pope Francis remains at the helm of the Catholic Church, and as millions wait to see what he’ll do next, after watching this video, you’ll be able to say, “Now I get it.”


  • Mitt Romney Exclusive: Former GOP presidential candidate talks Clintons and facing off against Evander Holyfield

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 11 days ago


    Watch Katie Couric’s complete, exclusive interview with Mitt Romney here.


    By Jon Ward

    {Watch the complete interview with Mitt and Ann Romney here}

    On the Democratic side of the 2016 field, Romney said that the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private email address that routed through a server stored in her home was “a mess.”   “I mean, it’s always something with the Clintons,” he said. “They have rules which they describe before they get into something, and then they decide they don’t have to follow their own rules. And that, I think, is gonna be a real problem for her. ...

     {See Mitt and Ann Romney with their children and gradchildren here}   “People in politics always say they’re spending time with their family, but in my case, it’s a big family,” he said, laughing. “We got 23 grandkids, so I get to spend a lotta time with them, and it’s extraordinarily enjoyable.”


  • Frank Bruni talks college admissions madness

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 12 days ago

    By Brian Prowse-Gany

    High anxiety. It’s that time of year when many high school seniors find out where they may be spending the next four years. Some will be celebrating the fact that they are “the chosen,” while others will be bitterly disappointed. The bad news used to be in a telltale thin envelope. Today rejection is just a mouse click away. Now, as it was then, it’s a difficult pill to swallow.

    New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni decided enough was enough. After witnessing a college admissions process spiraling out of control, he delivers a book that is a comforting balm for those who are smarting from the sting of rejection. “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania” offers sage advice and copious research showing that the myopic drive for acceptance has little to do with future success. In fact, he asserts, that rejection may turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.

    Watch the complete interview below:


  • March Madness explained

    Katie Couric at Yahoo News with Katie Couric 16 days ago

    By Kaye Foley

    What ailment afflicts millions of Americans this time every year? Hint: It’s not spring fever. It’s March Madness.

    Welcome to the 2015 NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.

    The three-week tournament tips off on March 17. March Madness is one of the biggest sporting events in the United States. It attracts excitement, crowds and a whole lot of revenue for the NCAA.

    It all began in 1939. The National Association of Basketball Coaches established a men’s college basketball tournament. After the first year, the NCAA took over. It was known then as the Final Four. The term “March Madness” was actually born out of a high school basketball tournament that began in Illinois in 1908. The term was adopted at the college level in 1982 when CBS sportscaster Brent Musburger used it in a broadcast.

    So whether you catch the madness each March, or you’re observing from the sidelines, at least after watching this video you can say, “Now I get it.”