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Katie Couric visits Atlanta to promote new show

Katie Couric visited Channel 2 today promoting her new show, "Katie," which launches this fall. She is shown here with Channel 2 anchors Justin Farmer, Monica Pearson and Jovita Moore. Photo by Phil Skinner.

Katie Couric visited Channel 2 today promoting her new show, "Katie," which launches this fall. She is shown here with Channel 2 anchors Justin Farmer, Monica Pearson and Jovita Moore. Photo by Phil Skinner.

Katie Couric usually asks the questions. During a Tuesday visit to Atlanta to promote her new talk show, she answered them.

Following a luncheon at Channel 2, which will air “Katie” at 3 p.m. weekdays starting Sept. 10, Couric faced queries from invited guests – and an animated line of questioning from fellow broadcast journalist Monica Pearson, who wanted to know what advice Couric has received regarding the new show (be yourself), how Couric’s daughters feel about it (supportive and excited) and what’s off limits (sordid love triangles and surprise paternity test results).

And: “Did you call Oprah?”

Katie Couric's new show will air at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 2 starting Sept. 10.

Katie Couric's new show will air at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 2 starting Sept. 10.

“I didn’t call Oprah,” Couric said with a laugh. “I’m a little afraid of Oprah, to be honest. She’s a little intimidating.”

Afterward Couric presented Pearson with a bouquet honoring her final sign-off next week. “She’s an institution,” Couric said.

The exchange gave the audience an idea of what they can expect from Couric’s new show – humor, spontaneity and candor.

“I want the show to reflect my sensibilities and things I’m passionate about,” she said. “I’m going to have fun, even when we talk about serious things.”

“Katie” will tackle topics including parenting, health, current events, authors and a special feature known as “YOLO” – you only live once – inviting viewers to share their fondest dreams. Couric revealed a few of her own, but implored the audience to keep them under wraps (so we won’t tell you which legendary musician she’s planning to join temporarily as a backup singer). Couric’s celebrity interviews will aim to elicit substance beneath stars’ shiny veneer.

Katie Couric visited with Channel 2 anchors Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore.

Katie Couric visited with Channel 2 anchors Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore.

“We want to have intelligent conversations,” said Couric, whose career includes work on “ABC News” and “Good Morning America,” her longtime stint on the “Today” show couch, her role anchoring the “CBS Evening News,” and reporting for programs including “60 Minutes,” “20/20” and “Nightline.”

Couric’s father, the late John Couric, was an Atlanta Constitution journalist in the 1940s. She was a CNN producer in the 1980s and spent a good bit of time here as a child, visiting her grandmother. “It’s really fun for me to be back in Atlanta,” she said.

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July 20th, 2012
6:00 pm

Katie Curdle. PUKE.

Franna

July 21st, 2012
7:27 pm

Love Katie. Been a fan since she first set foot in the newsroom. Love Monica. I’ve lived here 34 years and will miss her terribly. Katie and Monica. From one institution to another. Can’t wait to “see her in September”.

Katie, Matt and Al. There will never be another “them”.