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Couric Signs Off Of The CBS Evening News

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After CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric lost her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, she became a vocal advocate in the battle against the deadly disease. She is a co-founder for the public awareness initiative Stand Up To Cancer. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

After CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric lost her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, she became a vocal advocate in the battle against the deadly disease. She is a co-founder for the public awareness initiative Stand Up To Cancer. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric has signed off as “CBS Evening News” anchor after nearly five years.

Couric ended her last evening newscast on Thursday by telling viewers: “Thank you so much for coming along with me on this incredible journey.”

CBS had high hopes when it lured Couric from NBC’s “Today” show in 2006 to become the first woman to be sole anchor of a network evening newscast. After an initial burst of curiosity, viewers went elsewhere. Although the newscast won awards, it could never climb out of third place in the ratings.

Couric leaves without announcing her plans. She’s negotiating with ABC about hosting a daytime talk show and doing work for its news division.

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