"I first went to Poland in 2000 as part of Sting's Brand New Day Tour," says Botti, who's in town this weekend to present a pops concert with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center."I was amazed at how warm and gracious everyone there was.When Couric became pregnant in 1995 she continued working, and her pregnancy was a frequent topic on Today.
The ratings went up when Couric was brought in to substitute, and it quickly became clear that Norville would never be coming back.
On 5 April 1991, Couric was promoted from substitute to full-fledged host, alongside Bryant Gumbel and later Matt Lauer.
She left to work as an assignment editor and field reporter at the fledgling Cable News Network, where she covered the 1984 Presidential election, but she was released after a CNN executive was annoyed by her "squeaky voice".
She then worked at local affiliates in Miami and Washington DC, and won a local Emmy for a report she filed on a dating service for handicapped singles.
"Sorry I'm late, guys, but I took a walk in the park and then I had to answer all these e-mails," she says, plunking down a cereal bowl containing traces of the Greek yogurt she ate for breakfast on the way over.