Katie Couric still "figuring out" next job

Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:03pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With only a few weeks left on her contract, "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric said on Wednesday she has not made any decisions about her future.

"I'm in the middle of figuring it out -- figuring out where would be the best place for me, what would be the best job for me," Couric told her former "Today" co-host Matt Lauer.

Couric, 54, became the first female solo anchor of a U.S. weekday network evening news broadcast in 2006. Her five-year contract expires in early June, and her future career plans have been the subject of intense speculation.

Couric admitted to Lauer that she was "looking into and considering" working in syndication, saying the format was appealing because of the "creative freedom, to pick subjects, to really dig deep, to have a smart, intelligent conversation" and have "a little more wiggle room...to show my personality."

Couric told Lauer she plans to be "methodical and smart" about planning her next move and doesn't want "to feel pressured by outside forces."

Still, she plans on coming to some sort of a decision fairly quickly.

"I'm hoping in the next few weeks because it's important for everybody to move forward and so I'm hoping soon...sooner rather than later," she said.

(Reporting by Zorianna Kit; Editing by Jill Serjeant)