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Katie Couric’s First Interview as Yahoo News Anchor Goes Live (VIDEO)

Couric, in debut as Yahoo's 'global anchor,' sits down with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Katie Couric, in her debut as Yahoo’s global anchor, took an inside-the-Beltway track with a sit-down interview with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates is promoting his new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” a tome about his tours of duty in the Obama and Bush administrations that is being released Tuesday. Yahoo posted four video segments of Couric’s interview with him — totaling less than 7 minutes — on Monday, and then the site put up the entire 52-minute interview Tuesday. Gates wears a neck brace, after he broke a vertebra tripping on a rug in his home in Washington State on New Year’s Day.

SEE ALSO: Katie Couric Joins Yahoo as Global Anchor, to Host Interview Series

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in November announced the pact with Couric to lead the Internet media company’s news operations, at least nominally. Couric, former CBS Evening News anchor and longtime host of NBC’s “Today” show, has had a syndicated talkshow (“Katie”) distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic TV. Last month, Disney-ABC announced that the show will not be renewed after the current season finishes production in June.

Last week at the 2014 International CES, Couric joined Mayer onstage during the Yahoo chief’s keynote preso, and Couric acknowledged that the particulars of her new role are still being defined.

Watch the first segment of Couric’s interview with Robert Gates, in which he accuses the Obama administration of “micromanaging”:

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