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Katie Couric pens first book — with a little help from her friends

NYT’s Bill Carter talks with CBS’ Katie Couric about her first book — a compilation of essays and commentary from everyone from her former “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer, to comedian Chelsea Handler, to the New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez.

“I don’t really consider this my book,” Couric tells Carter. “It’s a collection, and I’m sort of the overseer.”

At the same time she continued to express passion for her work on “The CBS Evening News,” which has been a subject of considerable speculation in the news media because her current contract with the network ends so soon, on June 4.

Ms. Couric said that she was aware of the short timetable, and that “obviously I’m going to have to figure out what’s ahead.” But for the moment, she said, she is continuing to “focus on doing the best job I can on the ‘Evening News,’ ” adding, “There is nothing to tell right now” about any future moves.

All profits from the book, “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives” which comes out April 12, will be donated to the Scholarship America charity.

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