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Katie Couric on 'Today': I will make a decision in the next few weeks

April 13, 2011 |  7:25 am

Couric Katie Couric returned to NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday morning, where she told her former "Today" co-anchor Matt Lauer that she will make a decision about her future "in a few weeks," but she said she didn't want "to feel pressured by outside forces to make a decision."

Couric's contract with CBS News will be up in June, but when Lauer asked if she'd secretly made a decision about her next move and was waiting for the right time to announce it, Couric demurred. "No, I really haven't," she insisted. "I'm in the middle of figuring out where would be the best place for me."

Couric acknowledged that her run at "CBS Evening News" was initially rough. "I faced a lot of criticism early on," she said. Pressed by Lauer, she confirmed rumors that leaving her post to host a syndicated talk show was one viable option that would allow her to investigate health and social issues as well as politics. "It might be nice to have a little more wiggle room for me to show a little more personality," she said.

Whether she'll team up with Lauer on the talk show remains to be seen. Until then, we'll stay tuned about where she'll wiggle next.

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-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Katie Couric. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press