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Katie Couric, Yahoo Global Editor, Debuts with Robert Gates (video)

Katie Couric has debuted as Yahoo Global Editor with her first interview. She spoke with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Katie Couric has debuted as Yahoo Global Editor with her first interview. She spoke with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Katie Couric’s peripatetic journey from the “Today Show” to Internet doyenne hit a milestone yesterday (Jan 13) with her debut as Yahoo “global anchor.” She interviewed ex-Defense honcho Robert Gates about his new memoir.

Gates has already made news with the book, titled “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War”Katie Couric, Yahoo Global Editor, Debuts with Robert Gates (video) 1 even though it’s scheduled to be published today (Dec. 14).

Kouric told Politico the interview would be about “politics, personalities and policy.”

“What could be better than that?” she said. “It’s fun for me to get back to some of the harder news that I’ve done for most of my career. … I was pretty surprised by some of his revelations – things he had kept close to the vest.”

The former NBC host is a high-profile figurehead in Yahoo’s bid to create a major news organization, under the direction of new Chief Executive Marissa Mayer.

The expensive gambit comes at a time when the Internet is brimming with news outlets of all sizes and shapes.

Kouric had hoped to fill a void created by the departure of Oprah Winfrey from syndicated daytime television, with her own show “Katie.” But the program will go on hiatus its second season ends.

“What I’m learning is that everything is possible,” Kouric told the political news site.

Gates kicked up a political dust storm by criticizing President Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan, details of which are contained in the book.

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