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A slimmer view of Couric

August 31, 2006|From the Associated Press

No, Katie Couric didn't suddenly lose 20 pounds.

The incoming "CBS Evening News" anchor appears significantly thinner in a network promotional magazine photo thanks to digital airbrushing.

The touched-up photo of Couric dressed in a striped business suit appears on the inside of the September issue of Watch!, which is distributed at CBS stations and on American Airlines flights.

The original picture was snapped in May and was widely circulated to the media as an official photo of Couric.

Gil Schwartz, executive vice president of communications for CBS Corp., said Wednesday that the photo alteration was done by someone in the CBS photo department who "got a little zealous." He dismissed the notion of anyone being fired.

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