Katie Couric is still a little firecracker. And just because she is done with the Today Show, she can’t get enough of television. Couric chats it up with Prevention magazine about her newly single status, her new talk show “Katie”, her exercise routine and more.
Check out the highlights below.
ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH BROOKS PERLIN ENDING AND IF SHE’S OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FINDING LOVE AGAIN:
Of course! I am a person who really enjoys having a partner. I’m pretty much a
glass-half-full kind of person. That hasn’t changed.
ON HER NEW TALK SHOW “KATIE”:
We’ve got a notebook chockablock with ideas, and ABC has been wonderful. They seem to like the kind of work I do. One of the things I’m most excited about is being able to help people navigate or understand medical information or certain illnesses better through the show. If I can accomplish that, it’d be great. I’ve gone through a lot of medical situations, through Jay and my sister [Emily, who died in 2001 from pancreatic cancer], and my dad had Parkinson’s. So I’m sort of the family advocate—I try to learn all I can to be helpful to my family members. I’m also very interested in health and wellness.
ON HER ADVOCACY WORK:
I don’t mean to sound morbid, but I’m hoping that ‘cancer advocate’ will be the first line of my obituary. It’s definitely what I’m proudest of. I think journalism serves people – I do. But on the other hand, the idea that I’ve actually saved a few lives along the way through advocacy is incredibly gratifying to me.
ON HER EXERCISE ROUTINE:
I do Spinning and Pilates in the morning,between 8:30 and 10, maybe 4 or 5 times a week. I used to play tennis once a week, but I kept missing my class. I want to get more into yoga this year. I think it’s important for someone my age to stay flexible. And it’s a great stress reducer. I’ve tried hot yoga, but it’s pretty tough for me. I usually feel like I’m going to pass out.
ON IF HER DAUGHTERS WILL FOLLOW HER PATH IN MEDIA:
Ellie is figuring it out right now. She loves to write, and she’s a very people-oriented person. She also teaches sex education and nutrition to kids in public school in New Haven. It’s part of a Youle program. She may go to law school; her dad was a lawyer. Carrie is pretty remarkable and incredibly smart as well. I don’t know what she wants to do. She’s only 16, so she has time. You want to guide them, but you don’t want to push them in a particular direction, because you want them to have the opportunity to discover for themselves what they feel passionate about.
ON IF HER DAUGHTERS TWEET AS MUCH AS SHE DOES:
No, they don’t. In fact, they get mortified when I do it. I think it’s hard for them sometimes to have a mother who is a public figure and that people sometimes say not very complimentary things about. Carrie follows me, and I think Ellie does too—a lot of their friends follow me, so it’s sort of fun. But they’re not super into tweeting. They do enjoy Facebook, that’s for sure.
ON THE BUZZ ON HER WANTING TO DO DANCING WITH THE STARS:
That’s so funny. I write sort of a harmless little tweet and it turns me into a “Dancing with the Stars” wannabe, which actually I am. You know, the thing about that show I just really admire people who aren’t professional dancers, and who aren’t even amateur dancers putting it out there for all the world to see. I think I said in my tweet that there’s not enough antiperspirant on the planet to help me out in that situation, but that got a lot of attention which made me laugh.
I actually can’t wait for her talk show. And doesn’t she look amazing still?
Check out the full interview from our friends at Prevention magazine here.