Yahoo continues to add high-profile names to Yahoo News with the addition of Katie Couric to the staff as its new Global Anchor.
CEO Marissa Mayer announced the news this morning via blog post, sharing her enthusiasm about the acquisition.
“I’ve always respected Katie for her thoughtful, charismatic approach to journalism,” she wrote. “From pivotal coverage of natural disasters and historic elections to the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Games, groundbreaking interviews with heads of state and leading tastemakers, her experience is unmatched. Katie is dynamic, savvy and has a way of connecting with viewers that I really admire.”
Mayer goes on to call her “the face of Yahoo News,” and notes that she will continue to host her syndicated daytime talk show, Katie.
Couric will cover “the world’s most interesting stories and newsmakers,” according to Mayer, and will shoot features for the Yahoo homepage.
News of Couric heading to Yahoo broke over the weekend ahead of the official announcement.
The addition of Couric to Yahoo follows three big name acquisitions from The New York Times: Matt Bai, who is Yahoo’s new National Political Columnist, David Pogue, who now leads tech coverage, and Megan Liberman, who is now Editor in Chief.
Mayer says this is “just the beginning,” so expect more big journalism hires from Yahoo in the near future.