Katie Couric Makes First 'CBS Evening News' Appearance for Tribute to Schieffer

At the end of Thursday's CBS Evening News, with a slap on her arm Bob Schieffer greeted incoming anchor Katie Couric in front of the new set, which Schieffer said he couldn't show “because it's not quite finished yet.” Before viewers saw a pre-taped tribute to Schieffer narrated by Couric, she gushed: “I can't imagine following in the footsteps of a kinder, more gracious person.” Following the tribute, which ended with Schieffer choking up while thanking his parents and his wife, Schieffer got what Dan Rather did not on his last night: Handshakes at the side of the studio from CBS executives. For Schieffer, CBS News President Sean McManus and CBS President Les Moonves -- at least it looked like them in the crowd of applauding staffers and family members..

Video clip of Schieffer greeting Couric (43 seconds): Real (1.3 MB) or Windows Media (1.5 MB), plus MP3 audio (250 KB)
Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center