Katie Couric leaves today for a 10-day trip to Iraq and Syria, where she will cover the war and the turbulent Middle East as the Pentagon's September 15 deadline for a report on Iraq looms. Couric will spend six days in Iraq, twice anchoring "CBS Evening News" live from Baghdad, before heading to Damascus.
The anchor hopes to host two more shows from Syria, but may have to resort to taped segments because of the difficulty of broadcasting there. "This Sept. 15 deadline is quite real," said an executive producer. "We hope to give people a deeper understanding of the issues."