Katie Couric has joined Yahoo! as its new Global Anchor, the company announced Monday.
The website said Monday that Couric will help develop Yahoo News’ coverage with an expanding team of correspondents who will report on live world events, anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers, and more. She is the most high-profile of a string of recent Yahoo hires, including the New York Times’ Megan Liberman, Matt Bai and David Pogue.
ABC told TheWrap on Friday that the anchor and daytime talk show host would exit ABC News to join Yahoo. The deal does not affect her syndicated talk show, “Katie.”
“Katie’s depth of experience, her intellectual curiosity, and her charisma make her the perfect choice to anchor Yahoo News and the whole Yahoo Network. Her unmatched energy, savvy, and versatility enables her to connect with audiences across the globe,” said Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo. “News is a definitive daily habit for our users — and Katie will work with our talented editorial team to pioneer a new chapter of digital journalism.”
“It’s very exciting to be a part of a leading company at the intersection of content and technology,” said Couric. “I have great admiration for Marissa Mayer and her team and their commitment to bringing news, entertainment and information to the Yahoo community across multiple platforms. Joining Yahoo offers a tremendous opportunity to reach people all around the world in the way that they’re using and consuming media today.”
Couric already hosts the web show “Katie’s Take” for Yahoo and ABCNews.com, and because of the partnership between the two, she could appear on ABC News occasionally to promote her Yahoo work — just as she now promotes “Katie” segments on “Good Morning America.”
Couric’s latest move adds the web giant to a resume that includes major roles on the original Big 3 broadcast networks, including anchoring the “CBS Evening News” and hosting NBC’s “Today.”
Couric joined ABC News in June 2011 as part of a multi-year deal, a separate component of which dealt with the talk show.
ABC News and Yahoo announced a news alliance in October 2011 that includes ABC News reports being streamed on Yahoo’s massive site. Couric was one of the ABC News luminaries on hand to celebrate the announcement upstairs from the Times Square studio of “Good Morning America.”