Katie Couric's Debut

It's the start of an era at the CBS Evening News. Katie Couric sat down in the anchor chair for the first time Tuesday, September 5, taking over as the first woman to solo a network evening newscast.

The first voice you heard in the broadcast was legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite introducing Couric.

There were a few new segments in Couric's premiere show, among them Free Speech, where we'll hear a variety of viewpoints.

Another new segment is Snapshots, which on Couric's first night featured an exclusive: the first pictures of baby Suri Cruise.

At the end, there was no "and that's the way it is" like Walter Cronkite used.

Couric hasn't settled on a parting phrase yet--and she's looking for help from the viewers.

"If you have a bright idea for a great sign off, log on to our web site at CBSNews.com and tell me," she said. "I know we'll have a lot of fun reading them. And who knows, maybe one will actually stick. But for now all I have to say is, I'm Katie Couric. Thank you so much for watching. And I hope to see you tomorrow night."

Read more about Katie's debut at CBS News: Katie Couric Weighs Anchor

Web-only features of the CBS Evening News include Couric & Co., a group blog described as "a kind of observatory for things large and small, from the meaningful to the amusing." There you can find expanded information and analysis from CBS correspondents and producers, as well as Web-only videos from "Couric's Notebook".

You can also sign up for an email that will give you a sneak preview of that evening's show.

And of course, you can watch the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric any time, anywhere by visiting CBSNews.com.

As always, News 12 is On Your Side for this groundbreaking change. Anchor Laurie Ott flew to New York to interview Couric about her new job. See that interview here: Part 1, Part 2. You can also read about Laurie's experience visiting CBS and meeting Couric on our News 12 Blog.


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