Katie Couric Announces ‘Evening News’ Exit

Host doesn’t reveal future plans

Katie Couric announced her exit from "CBS Evening News" after five years behind the anchor desk, confirming to People what media watchers have expected for months.

"I'm really proud of the talented team on the 'CBS Evening News' and the award-winning work we've been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I've done for '60 Minutes' and 'CBS Sunday Morning.' In making the decision to move on, I know the 'Evening News' will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future."

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Couric, who became the first female solo nightly news anchor when she took over "Evening News" on September 5, 2006, did not say what she will do next, but her plans are likely to include a syndicated daytime talk show.

"I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling," she told People, adding that other details are "still being discussed."

TheWrap has previously reported that several networks, including NBC, ABC and CNN, have expressed interest in Couric. She could also stay at CBS in a deal that could include the talk show or appearances on "60 Minutes."

Couric's contract with CBS ends June 4, and the exit announcement allows more than month for a transition. "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley is expected to take her place.

Highlights of Couric's time anchoring "Evening News" included her interview with vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, for which Couric won the Alfred I. DuPont Award for political reporting. She also covered the 2008 presidential campaign, interviewing future President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, and hosted specials on the Grammys and Michael Jackson's funeral.

In September, the "Evening News" won three Emmy Awards.