She’s interviewed everyone from muppets to world leaders, and Katie Couric stopped by Daily Shot to tell Ali how she gets tough people talking.
“I think most people just wanna feel comfortable, they want to feel as if you’re really interested in what they have to say.”
But when you’re interviewing someone who’s in trouble, or who might have something to hide, the veteran journalist says, “It’s all about the tone you use. I think you have to be skeptical but not cynical."
Katie says that, after all these years, she can get star struck. “I think any time you’re in the White House and you’re interviewing the president,” she says, “it’s one of those pinch me situations.”
And as calm as she always seems under pressure, there have been at least two interviews that made her memorably nervous.
“I was very nervous when I interviewed Ross Perot because he was so pugnacious and belligerent if he was challenged,” she said, launching into an amazing impression of the 1992 presidential candidate. “He did have this kind of Napolean complex.”
There was another: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But not necessarily for the reason you’d think. To hear about the Iranian president’s fashion statement that caught her off guard, watch this episode of Daily Shot.