Katie Couric Returns to Buffalo

New series Rebuilding America debuts Jan. 15.

The last time the Yahoo news anchor was in the Buffalo Niagara region, the year was 2001 and the assignment topic, Timothy McVeigh.

Couric is back in the area this week to film the debut episode of Rebuilding America, a series set to debut on Yahoo Jan. 15. From a report by Buffalo Business First’s James Fink:

Couric said she noticed a big difference and decidedly more upbeat vibe. “I think I am getting a good sense,” Couric said. “I get the sense of a city that is coming back…”

To prepare for the show, Couric met with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, toured the West Side Bazaar, interviewed entrepreneurs in the 43North offices on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and toured Canalside. Later this week she will be interviewing Governor Andrew Cuomo about Buffalo’s renaissance.

Other cities to be profiled on the Yahoo series will include Detroit, Oakland, Pittsburgh and New Orleans. It looks like the genesis of this series was an October report on a Motor City boxing gym.