Lori Beecher, Coordinating Producer

Producer Profile

The staff of Katie is made up of all sorts of interesting people. Since we put so much of ourselves into creating the show for you, we thought you’d like to get to know us a little better. We asked our colleagues to respond to our interview questions with the first thought that came to mind. Our intention is to give you an unfiltered look at who we are and share with you our excitement for the premiere of Katie this fall.

You’ve worked with Katie for almost 20 years now – tell us about the time you met… The first story I worked on with Katie was at Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric. I saw very quickly why she is so good at what she does. We’ve now worked together at three networks.

She was born to do this show.

What do you like about working with Katie? She is authentic. She is genuine. She is smart. She is compassionate. She is kind. She is everything I think someone would want in someone they share their story with. This program, Katie, will play to all of her strengths. She was born to do this show.

What’s been your toughest booking? They’ve all been tough for different reasons. Getting the first interview with Sully Sullenberger and the crew of US Airways 1549 was incredibly challenging, but even more rewarding in the end. I’m still close with Sully and his wife Lorrie. I’m lucky that I’ve made many lifelong friendships with people I have met through my work.

Why do people refer to you as “The Mayor”? I’m not sure when it started. But I have a reputation for being someone who colleagues come to and tell their problems. Somewhere along the way, I took on this nickname. It could be worse, right?! (laughs)

The best advice you ever got? If you won’t still be upset about something six months from now, don’t let it bother you so much today.

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