Make-up free Katie Couric steps out smiling and confident as her talk-show ratings soar
21:08 GMT, 27 September 2012
The new face of daytime television, Katie Couric, is quickly proving she is no wallflower when it comes to being the face of regular women, also.
Stepping out in Manhattan make-up free, with an added spring in her step thanks to her show's soaring ratings, the 55-year-old looked radiant while heading to her studio in Times Square.
former CBS Evening News anchor is now strides ahead of her daytime talk
show competitors, having already gained nearly 2.5million viewers a day on her
namesake show which premiered on September 10.
Au natural: Stepping out in Manhattan make-up free, with an added spring in her step thanks to her show's soaring ratings, the 55-year-old looked radiant while heading to her studio in Times Square
In comparison, according to The Hollywood Reporter, The Steve Harvey Morning show pulls in 1.7million viewers per day, just behind Ms Couric.
The self-confessed 'wholesome' host once told the American Journalism Review, 'Maybe it's trendy to be ordinary.'
And she's not the only one who thinks so.
Jeff Zucker, former executive producer of Today, and now Ms Couric's executive producer, said: 'The great thing about Katie is what Katie is off the air, Katie is on the air.
'I think the viewer through the camera has connected with her.'
Today host Tom Brokaw described her as a 'mix of effervescence,
self-deprecating humor and empathy for the human condition.'
this month, Ms Couric revealed her struggle with eating disorders after
guest Demi Lovato spoke about her own issues on the show.
Wholesome glamour: The former CBS Evening News anchor is now strides ahead of her daytime talk show competitors, having already gained nearly 2.5million viewers per day on her namesake show
'I wrestled with bulimia all through college and for two years after that,' the former cheerleader-turned-newswoman admitted.
'And I know this rigidity, this feeling that if you eat one thing that's wrong, you're full of self-loathing and then you punish yourself, whether it's one cookie or a stick of gum that isn't sugarless, that I would sometimes beat myself up for that.'
She said she wrestled with the disorder between the ages of 18 and 24 while she was at the University of Virginia.
She continued to suffer as a fledgling Pentagon reporter, but said she overcame her bulimia with the help of a therapist.
Evidently someone who isn't concerned with others' opinions, whether it is regarding her make-up free face, discussion topics or interviewing skills, Ms Couric admits to having 'a lot of chutzpah'.
'My only real concern while I'm being provocative and while I'm challenging an interview subject is that I'm being fair,' she says.