Katie Couric

The former CBS Evening News anchor on three favorites.

Americans first got to know Katie Couric as the charming, cheery co-host of NBC’s The Today Show, where she wished us good morning for fifteen years. In 2006, she became the first female evening news anchor at a major network, hosting the CBS broadcast as well as contributing to 60 Minutes as a correspondent. Recently, she compiled the guidance of friends, colleagues, and family for a unique book of reflection, wisdom, and humor called The Best Advice I Ever Got. Here she recommends three books that have a staying power comparable to her own.

Books by Katie Couric


The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank (The Definitive Edition)

By Anne Frank

“Anne’s courage, fortitude, humor, innocence, and intelligence under the most unimaginable circumstances move me every time. I think of what she endured in this beautifully rendered account of one of the most horrific times in the history of the world.”


To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

“Because Atticus Finch is the embodiment of decency and integrity.”


Death Be Not Proud

By John Gunther

“This was a book I also read when I was quite young. It’s about a 17-year old, Johnny, who demonstrated extraordinary grace and courage when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It taught me a lot about the pain and process of death and loss–a lesson that would serve me well when I got older and faced losses of my own. The poem by John Donne, upon which the title is based, is also incredibly powerful.”

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