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Posted: Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

Charlotte skyline to be backdrop for Couric and ' CBS Evening News'

By Mark Washburn
Published in: Mark Washburn

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Charlotte's skyline at dusk will be the backdrop for tonight's “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” which will be broadcast from the roof of the new Charlotte School of Law at the edge of uptown.

Public access to the site will not be allowed, said Christina Kapely, a spokeswoman for the school.

Because of concern over the possibility of rain, Couric's news set is being built under a tent atop the four-story building on Suttle Avenue off Wilkinson Boulevard.

Couric's broadcast, airing at 6:30 p.m. on WBTV (Channel 3), is the first stop on a three-city tour of election-year battleground states for the newscast. After Charlotte, the newscast will originate Monday from St. Louis, examining the races in Missouri, Indiana and Ohio; and Denver on Oct. 27, covering the key Western states of Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, CBS said Thursday.

Couric will report tonight on the close U.S. Senate contest between Elizabeth Dole and Kay Hagan, and will have interviews with both.

“CBS Evening News” last originated from Charlotte in November 1996, with Dan Rather anchoring from the Panthers' then-new stadium. North Carolina as a battleground state was the theme of that visit, too.

In July 1989, Rather hosted the newscast from Charlotte's Marshall Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of WBTV. “ABC World News with Charles Gibson” was the last major network news show to originate from Charlotte. Gibson broadcast from the dedication of the Billy Graham Library in May 2007.

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