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(The Wall Street Journal) Katie Couric Aims to Be Everywoman—But Oprah


A few days before her afternoon talk show debuts next Monday, Katie Couric is already starting to dish. She says she would like a date with George Clooney—what middle-aged woman wouldn't?—and to jump from an airplane. Her cellphone's ringtone is LMFAO's "Sexy and I know it," with the lyrics "Girl, look at that body!"
That everywoman sensibility is a lot like another talk-show queen: Oprah Winfrey. But Ms. Couric rolls her eyes at the comparison. "Here we go again," she said one recent morning. "When anyone asks me if I'm the new Oprah, I tell them I'm the old Katie."
The television icon had just returned to her Park Avenue apartment from Philadelphia, where she had been promoting the new show "Katie," syndicated by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, a unit Walt Disney Co. After 15 years at NBC's "Today" and five years at "The CBS Evening News," Ms. Couric is attempting to reinvent herself as the doyenne of daytime.
"Oprah did an amazing job, but I'm my own person, with my own life experiences," Ms. Couric said, as she breakfasted on cereal with sliced peaches in her living room, her hair pulled back.
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