Katie Couric Wants To Know: “What Would You Ask Sarah Palin?”

By Chris Ariens Comment

Couric_9.22.jpgCBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric is getting ready for her interview next week with Gov. Sarah Palin. And Couric is asking for your input on what to ask.

So many people are focused on this election. I’m a little concerned that I’m dreaming about it. I think I need to get a hobby. But this is a very critical time for all of us and for the entire country. I’d love to hear your thoughts…I won’t be able to get to everything, but believe me, I’ll try!

But leave out the personal stuff. In her blog post, Couric writes, “you won’t hear ‘gotcha’ questions about personal issues.” Instead, she writes, “You will hear a broad range of policy questions on topics both foreign and domestic.”

So that means, no snowmobile machine questions?

Meanwhile, CBS has announced it is bringing back the Couric Webcasts which will air after each of the upcoming debates on CBSNews.com and CNET.com. The Evening News and The Early Show will also broadcast from Mississippi and St. Louis for the first two debates, Sept. 26 and Oct. 2. The release is after the jump…


Couric Will Anchor Live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com Following Each Debate

Katie Couric will lead CBS News’ live broadcast and online coverage of the three Presidential debates on Sept. 26 in Oxford, Miss., Oct. 7 in Nashville and Oct. 15 in Hempstead, NY, and the Vice Presidential debate on Oct. 2 in St. Louis. CBS News primetime coverage and analysis of each debate will begin at 9:00 PM, ET. Couric will anchor live, Web-exclusive specials on CBSNews.com and CNET.com each night immediately following primetime at 11:00 PM, ET., following the success of the debut Convention webcasts.

The CBS News team of correspondents contributing to live post-debate broadcast and webcast coverage include Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield, National Correspondent Byron Pitts, who will provide live reaction from uncommitted voters, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan, National Security Correspondent David Martin and CBS News Correspondents Chip Reid and Dean Reynolds, who are covering the McCain and Obama campaigns on the trail, as well as CBS News Political Analysts Dan Bartlett and Joe Trippi.

Once the Network coverage of the debates ends, Couric will continue seamless coverage on CBSNews.com and CNET.com. The Webcast will last approximately 30 minutes and feature interviews, special guests, real-time reaction from uncommitted voters and extended analysis from the CBS News political team. The CBS News team will respond to viewer questions submitted online. The Webcast will remain available for on-demand viewing at CBSNews.com, CNETTV.com and CBS Mobile News and will be distributed to CBS Audience Network partners. Couric’s debate preview video can currently be viewed on CBSNews.com. The webcasts will also be fed to CBS Radio News affiliates for insertion into their own programming or for podcasting.

As in two previous presidential election years, CBS News is working with Knowledge Networks to provide a real-time poll of voters, measuring the effects of presidential debates on viewers. Knowledge Networks asks members of KnowledgePanel — the only online panel derived from a statistically valid sample of the full U.S. population – for their views both before and after the event. CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson will provide live reports on the poll data.

The CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC and THE EARLY SHOW will originate from Oxford, Miss. on Sept. 26 and from St. Louis on Oct. 2, and from New York on Oct. 9 and Oct. 15.