NEW YORK — Katie Couric is leaving CBS.

The 54-year-old newswoman’s contract ends in June. She told People magazine, “In making the decision to move on, I know the Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future.”

“The bottom line is that I love doing all kinds of different stories. I have a lot of areas of interest and I want to be able to fulfill all of that.”

She said details are still being finalized.

CBS officially issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying, “There’s a lot to be proud of during Katie Couric’s time at Evening News. CBS News, like Katie herself, is looking forward to the next chapter.”

CBS is expected to name Scott Pelley the new anchor of the “Evening News” next week.

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Eiko Watanabe is a Blast staff writer in New York

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