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

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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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  1. suzie stewart says:

    Gates says he does not like micromanaging in the Obama admin. My thoughts; previous experiences were not as wide as other presidents have. i believe he spent a short time in the senate; oops he is president. What else can be expected. Cautious is what he is trying to be; my thoughts only. Cannot ignore that he is the first Black president; again cautious, cautious and cautious; if you are correct Mr. Gates. Then again, that maybe his style which again would show inexperience in parts; maybe confidence of his team has not been achieved up to the time you spoke of. You should have helped him in delegation or find someone that efficient he could totally trust.

    • Keith Ufheil says:

      Wow. I like your comment; I can’t argue with any one part of it. It is reasoned, measured, and just critical within the bounds of what you know. You don’t read that often in this milieu. It would be nice to see more of this kind of sane criticism that doesn’t lend that you have the answer to what you would have done. Of necessity, all people in this country could use just a scintilla of your humility. Thank you.

  2. RHODA SEGAL COHEN says:

    loved Katie’s show and it will be missed. How can I view her new position with Yahoo and on what tv channel will it be available or where exactly is it available to view and enjoy????

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