Blog Posts by Katie Couric

  • Why marriage isn't for everyone

    'Spinster' author, Kate Bolick tells Katie Couric why she sees herself as a 'Mary Tyler Moore' and not a 'Carrie Bradshaw'

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    1. Much of your book 'Spinster' is about you following and exploring the five women you call “awakeners”Why do these women exemplify your approach to life? Can you think of anyone alive today who might fall into that category?

    I was drawn to women who—like me—loved home and family as much as their freedom and autonomy, and tried in various ways to reconcile these competing desires. They were all very different from one another, but at core they were deeply passionate, driven, imaginative seekers who lived with great intention, questioning their motivations and choices every step of the way. Reading their life stories awoke me to new ways of being in the world (hence the term “awakeners,”which I borrowed from Edith Wharton, rather than “heroines,”which implies to me someone larger-than-life, who has it all figured out). There are scores of women who live like this today, including several friends of mine—I just don’t know who the rest are because I don’t have access to their

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  • Benghazi controversy explained

    By Kaye Foley

    It’s been nearly three years since the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and the events of that night still remain a political controversy. The eighth investigation into the tragedy is currently under way. But, as previously expected, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be called upon to testify, just yet. According to Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, she won’t be asked to testify until the State Department has provided additional related documents.

    On the night of Sept. 11, 2012, Islamic militants attacked a U.S. diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex. Four Americans were killed, including J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

    In the immediate aftermath, officials from the Obama administration and U.S. intelligence said that they believed the violence stemmed from a protest against an anti-Islamic film, “Innocence of Muslims.” Similar protests took place across the world on that

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  • Students in Crisis: Mental Health & Suicide on College Campuses

    Clusters of student suicides at Tulane, William & Mary, MIT and other universities this past year have launched a nationwide debate about the mental health of young people around the country and what colleges, parents and students themselves can do about it.

    Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke to experts and two mothers personally affected by suicide to tackle the critical issue in a wide-ranging panel discussion.

    College students are reporting that they’re more depressed and anxious than ever before and are pouring into overwhelmed college counseling centers for help, often waiting weeks for appointments. Universities are attempting to respond but haven’t kept up with the crisis.

    “We know that colleges have actually increased their staffing and increased their budgets in many, many cases,” said Dr. Victor Schwartz, the medical director for the JED Foundation and the former medical director of counseling services at New York University. “It hasn’t kept up with the

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  • Brokaw talks 'deflate-gate,' cancer diagnosis and his 'Lucky Life Interrupted'


    By Caitlin Dickson

    Tom Brokaw’s vote is in: Tom Brady knew, and the punishment fits the crime. The longtime news anchor aired his opinion on the so-called deflate-gate scandal during a live interview with Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric on Tuesday, a half-hour conversation that also covered his battle with blood cancer and the release of his new memoir.

    “It’s hard for me to imagine that [Tom Brady] didn’t know,” Brokaw said, referring to the quarterback’s knowledge regarding the New England Patriots’ illegal use of underinflated footballs. “I don’t think his two underlings would have deflated the footballs without knowing that’s what Tom wanted to have happen.” 

    While the NFL’s decision to suspend Brady for four games sparked outcry, Brokaw said he believes it was an appropriate response — and that he doubts that the the Patriots’ offense is an anomaly.

    “There are things that happen on the scrum of the field, violations that people get away with,” he said.

    Brokaw, whose

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  • Carly Fiorina on the issues and why she's running for president

    Watch Katie's complete interview with Carly Fiorina here.


    Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with Carly Fiorina on Monday, just hours after Fiorina made her 2016 presidential plans official with an announcement on ABCs Good Morning America, to discuss where she stands on some of the most pressing issues and why, exactly, she’s running. 

    The nation is at a pivotal point, said Fiorina. “The gulf between how people feel about their lives and what’s going on in Washington is huge. The disconnect between regular people and the political class is wide and growing.

    Fiorina made a name for herself in the tech industry, climbing the ranks at AT&T and becoming the CEO at Hewlett-Packard — and the first female head of a Fortune 500 company — in 1999, before being forced to resign in 2005. She told Couric on Monday that she plans to run on her record at Hewlett-Packard, crediting her role as a business leader with preparing her to make the decisions

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  • GMO controversy explained

    By Kaye Foley

    GMOs — or genetically modified organisms — were in the spotlight again this past week following controversy at “The Dr. Oz Show” over, among other things, the television host and doctor’s stance on GMOs. It sparked a media firestorm and had people picking sides.

    But why all the hoopla over what we harvest?

    GMOs are organisms that have had their DNA modified through genetic engineering. This is often done by taking a gene from one organism and putting it into another one to alter it in a desirable way. For example, when genetic engineers want to create a corn crop that is resistant to pests, they seek out the trait in Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) soil bacteria that naturally acts as a pesticide. From there, engineers isolate the gene responsible for that trait and directly insert it into the corn’s DNA. This corn is then bred with other corn until it’s ready to be produced for consumption.

    Scientists adopted this process for altering food for a variety of reasons, but

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  • Mayweather vs Pacquiao: 'Fight of the century'

    By Steven Shapiro

    It’s been hyped for months and talked about for years.  Finally, the bell is about to ring in the so-called 'fight of the century' between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

    “These are the two guys that boxing fans and sports fans in general wanted to see matched up, and it’s finally going to happen, so that’s why everybody’s excited about it,” says Al Michaels, legendary sportscaster and author of “You Can’t Make This Up.”

    “People want to see it and people are going to spend a lot of money to watch this fight.”

    Most of that money, which could be as much as $400 million, is expected to come from record high pay-per-view prices of nearly $100. Fans hoping to score a seat at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas should be prepared for sticker shock: On StubHub, tickets are selling for more than $35,000.

    “We’ve never seen anything like these sums of money. Nobody has seen anything like this,” says boxing promoter Bob Arum.

    The boxers agreed to split the purse 60-40 in favor of

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  • The Armenian genocide explained

    By Kaye Foley

    The 100th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire will be commemorated on April 24, and Pope Francis recently referred to it officially as “the first genocide of the 20th century.”

    The mass killings, which began in 1915, have long been a topic of controversy between Turkey and Armenia.

    To Armenians, the slaughter is a seminal event in their shared history, and members of the community, including Kim Kardashian, are doing their best to draw attention to the estimated 1.5 million lives lost.

    Turkey acknowledges that atrocities took place, although it maintains that the death toll was closer to 300,000 and rejects the term genocide entirely. By definition, the term genocide means a premeditated and systematic attempt to eradicate an ethnic, racial or religious group of people. Turkey argues that the deaths were an unfortunate part of a complicated war in which many Turkish lives were also lost.

    But how did this violence come about?

    The historic

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  • Remembering the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later

    By Deborah Grau

    When T.S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruelest month,” he probably didn’t know how prescient that observation would be.  In fact, so many tragic stories have happened during this month.  The Columbine High School massacre, The Virginia Tech shooting and just two years ago, the Boston Marathon bombing.

    And on April 19, 1995, the deadliest domestic act of terrorism in U.S. history took place when a truck bomb detonated and blasted through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  168 people were killed, including 19 small children and injured hundreds more.

    This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary.  Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric revisits that day which changed “the heartland” of America forever.  In their own words, a mother, first responder, sister and survivor recount that fateful day.

    Kathleen Treanor lost her four year-old daughter Ashley and her in-laws.  Oklahoma City firefighter Cecil Clay was part of the rescue and recovery efforts. Susan

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  • The terror of Boko Haram

    By Kaye Foley

    On April 14, 2014, a group of terrorists known as Boko Haram raided a school in Chibok, Nigeria, and kidnapped 276 girls. The horrible act sparked outrage across the world and brought global attention to this militant Islamist group.

    The name Boko Haram, which roughly translates to “Western education is sin,” captures some of the motivation behind the terrorist organization. It began in 2002 when a Muslim cleric, Mohammed Yusuf, started his own Islamic school and mosque, where he taught a rejection of principles associated with Western society. That means no secular education, no voting in elections and the dismissal of concepts like evolution and the Big Bang theory.

    The school gained influence in northeastern Nigeria and eventually became a recruiting site for jihadis. In 2009, Boko Haram carried out militarized attacks against police stations and some government buildings. Yusuf was captured and killed by Nigerian security forces.

    Abubakar Shekau took over as

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