From Grief to Advocacy to Activism
Tuesday, October 27 | 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual ACG 2020 Meeting Platform
At the invitation of ACG President Dr. Mark Pochapin, Katie Couric will present the Emily Couric Memorial Lecture. A conversation with Ms. Couric will follow.
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Since its launch in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than $600 million to support cutting-edge collaborative science and its research has contributed to six new FDA approved therapies. In 2017, she founded Katie Couric Media (KCM), which has developed a number of media projects, including a daily newsletter, a podcast, digital video series, and several documentaries. KCM works with purpose-driven brands to create premium content that addresses important social issues like gender equality, environmental sustainability, and mental health. Couric was the first woman to solo anchor a network evening newscast, serving as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2006 to 2011 following 15-years as co-anchor of NBC’s Today show. She also hosted a syndicated show and served as the Yahoo Global News Anchor until 2017. She has won a duPont-Columbia, a Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Walter Cronkite Award, and multiple Emmys. She was twice named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and was a Glamour Magazine woman of the year three times. She has also received numerous awards for her cancer advocacy work; honored by both the Harvard and Columbia schools of public health, the American Cancer Society, and The American Association of Cancer Researchers. In addition to writing The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, Couric’s memoir will be published in the Fall of 2021. Ms. Couric has also published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, “An Unexpected Turn: My Life as a Cancer Advocate,” in May 2016.
About The Emily Couric Memorial Lecture: The Emily Couric Memorial Lecture, developed by the ACG, the Virginia Gastroenterological Society and the Old Dominion Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, is in honor of Virginia State Senator Emily Couric, who died of pancreatic cancer in October of 2001. Senator Couric was a strong advocate for health care issues, particularly in her instrumental work to pass the nation’s first legislation mandating health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening.