Meredith Vieira IS a journalist. She won five Emmy Awards while on 60 Minutes and West 57th (a younger-hipper 60Min-type show that didn't make it). She worked in news for more than 15 years. Now she makes big bucks with non-news jobs like The View and Millionaire. I think she is a more-than-qualified replacement for Couric. In fact, she rocks!
Also, Meredith is pretty hot. She is on my hubby's "three-free" list. And on his "over-40" list. She's definitely not the girl-next-door kind of gal like Katie. She's more like the hot-bawdy-chick-you-want-in-your-book-club kind of gal. The one who would bring good beer.
** edited to add: I did it again (posted to TV Squad re: Meredith). But for the record, I have restrained myself from posting on their third entry.