Katie Couric to Co-Host Olympics Opening Ceremony on NBC

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Katie Couric is returning to NBC for one night to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month for the network.

Couric, 61, will co-host the Feb. 9 event with Mike Tirico in Pyeongchang, South Korea, TVNewser reports.

The former NBC host worked at the network from 1989 until 2006 and hosted three Olympic opening ceremonies—in 2000, 2002, and 2004—with Bob Costas, who Tirico is replacing.

"It's beyond exciting to welcome Katie back to our Olympic booth. Katie has extensive Olympic experience, having anchored the ‘Today' show at six previous Games, and hosted the opening ceremony in Sydney, Salt Lake City, and Athens," said Jim Bell, president of NBC Olympics production and programming.

"We have been eagerly awaiting Mike's first prime time Olympic hosting duties, and now, with Mike and Katie, viewers will have two pros, and two terrific storytellers leading the way," Bell added. "I'm looking forward to both of them engaging with Joshua for his keen analysis, first shared with our viewers so memorably in Beijing in 2008. I have no doubt this compelling trio will capture both the significance and glory of the ceremony’s signature moments."

Couric recently worked as global news anchor for Yahoo! News. She is still with the company but only does certain projects.

Couric made headlines in 2016 when the Washington Free Beacon reported that the makers of a documentary that she spearheaded deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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