Though Couric can come off as more of a sorority girl than a hard-hitting news journalist, she manages to interview subjects without the condescending judgment so prevalent in other Q&As with badly behaving public figures. Take the following interview with Lil Wayne which includes bowling, tattoos, and purple drank.
Let’s not forget Couric’s denouement, a showdown with Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin last fall — the first major interview to expose the little-known Alaskan governor’s ignorance about everything from foreign policy to American media.
And lest you assume CBS Evening News will revisit its staid, traditional newscaster format, think again. In addition to the recurring investigative segment “Follow the Money,” sniffing out financial trails in the wake of the economic collapse, Couric is planning to incorporate “more upbeat” stories to the newscast because “the news can be so depressing now.”