::CBS' Katie Couric Visited The Triangle
By Raleigh Chronicle Staff
Thursday, April 12, 2007
RALEIGH - Well-known CBS news anchor Katie Couric was in the Raleigh area on Wednesday, showing many in the Triangle just how big the Duke lacrosse story really was on the national media scene.
Couric is normally in New York during weekdays, where she anchors the CBS Evening News broadcast. Couric, who used to be a host on NBC's Today Show, has taken over the nightly anchor position after Dan Rather retired.
However, Couric was present in the Triangle at Attorney General Roy Cooper's press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the RBC Center.
Along with dozens of other members of the media, Couric was in the press area as Cooper announced that the three men charged in the Duke lacrosse case were "innocent" and that all charges would be dismissed.
After Cooper's speech, Couric was surrounded by other members of the press as many stopped by to say hello. Couric also graciously signed some autographs and even took pictures with photographers, as many took the opportunity to meet such a prominent media figure.
"She was very nice," said one journalist about meeting Couric. "When I was getting her photograph, she very kindly offered to get one of her staff to take a picture of both us. It was great to meet her in person and she seemed very friendly."
As Couric walked outside after the press conference, many RBC Center staff members seemed surprised to know that Couric was among the many press that had shown up for Cooper's press conference.
Later in the day, Couric did a broadcast from Raleigh as part of the CBS newscast for the day and as part of their coverage of the lacrosse case. ::