Heartbreaking, hilarious, and brutally honest, Going There is the deeply personal life story of a girl next door turned household name.
For more than forty years, Katie Couric has been an iconic presence in the media world. In her brutally honest, hilarious, heartbreaking memoir, she reveals what was going on behind the scenes of her sometimes tumultuous personal and professional life - a story she’s never shared, until now. Of the medium she loves, the one that made her a household name, she says, “Television can put you in a box; the flat-screen can flatten. On TV, you are larger than life but smaller, too. It is not the whole story, and it is not the whole me. This book is.”
Beginning in early childhood, Couric was inspired by her journalist father to pursue the career he loved but couldn’t afford to stay in. Balancing her vivacious, outgoing personality with her desire to be taken seriously, she overcame every obstacle in her way: insecurity, an eating disorder, being typecast, sexism . . . challenges, and how she dealt with them, setting the tone for the rest of her career. Couric talks candidly about adjusting to sudden fame after her astonishing rise to co-anchor of the TODAY show, and guides us through the most momentous events and news stories of the era, to which she had a front-row seat: Rodney King, Anita Hill, Columbine, the death of Princess Diana, 9/11, the Iraq War . . . In every instance, she relentlessly pursued the facts, ruffling more than a few feathers along the way. She also recalls in vivid and sometimes lurid detail the intense pressure on female anchors to snag the latest “get”—often sensational tabloid stories like Jon Benet Ramsey, Tonya Harding, and OJ Simpson.
Couric’s position as one of the leading lights of her profession was shadowed by the shock and trauma of losing her husband to stage 4 colon cancer when he was just 42, leaving her a widow and single mom to two daughters, 6 and 2. The death of her sister Emily, just three years later, brought yet more trauma—and an unwavering commitment to cancer awareness and research, one of her proudest accomplishments.
Couric is unsparing in the details of her historic move to the anchor chair at the CBS Evening News—a world rife with sexism and misogyny. Her “welcome” was even more hostile at 60 Minutes, an unrepentant boys club that engaged in outright hazing of even the most established women. In the wake of the MeToo movement, Couric shares her clear-eyed reckoning with gender inequality and predatory behavior in the workplace, and downfall of Matt Lauer—a colleague she had trusted and respected for more than a decade.
Couric also talks about the challenge of finding love again, with all the hilarity, false-starts, and drama that search entailed, before finding her midlife Mr. Right. Something she has never discussed publicly—why her second marriage almost didn’t happen.
If you thought you knew Katie Couric, think again. Going There is the fast-paced, emotional, riveting story of a thoroughly modern woman, whose journey took her from humble origins to superstardom. In these pages, you will find a friend, a confidante, a role model, a survivor whose lessons about life will enrich your own.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With Going There, TV journalist Katie Couric gets very, very real, providing an unrestrained account of her life both on and off camera. She looks back at her four-decade career with justifiable pride and fierce determination and reveals how she faced down unchecked sexism and the other challenges of being a high-profile woman in a cutthroat industry. (Yes, she names names. And shockingly, Matt Lauer may not even be the one who comes off the worst.) With her twinkling sense of humor and relatable personality, Couric sounds completely sincere as she talks about all the self-doubt she’s experienced, letting us into her struggle with an eating disorder as a teenager and the shattering death of her first husband. Couric’s narration is just as likably casual as you’d expect, veering comfortably from serious to silly. This audiobook offers an endearing, fascinating look into a public figure we didn’t know as well as we thought.
Loved Katie Couric before…
LOVE her even more now! The opportunity to relive history through Katie’s experiences behind the scenes makes me appreciate strong female journalists even more. What a trailblazer! My new favorite book!
I totally enjoyed this book! Katie Couric is a talented writer and a very interesting person.
Name dropping and grudges
Short chapters dedicated to either throwing past coworkers under the bus or playing the victim. The only good thing I can say is, I chose the audiobook which is how I able to get through this ridiculously long book with zero substance. Katie pull sound from interviews she had done in the past, it was a nice touch instead of her reading word by word like she did with the Matt Lauer text. In the end I believe it was a big marketing ploy on her part and honestly a cash grab.