Palin vs. Couric: The Breakdown

April 2, 2012 - 4:16 PM
TV Palin Couric Rundown

NBC's "Today" show is bringing Sarah Palin, left, on board as a co-host _ for one morning, this Tuesday. The announcement was posted Sunday on NBC's website. It says the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate will "reveal a different side" than viewers have seen before. The booking is clearly an attempt to blunt the impact of "Today" alumna Katie Couric's weeklong return to morning TV as a guest host on ABC's "Good Morning America." (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — While it's not quite Ali vs. Frazier, Tuesday's faceoff between Katie Couric and Sarah Palin on opposing morning shows has some viewers wishing for a war of words. Here's a look at how the pair measures up.

Career Highlight:

Couric: Her 15-year run as queen of the morning on the "Today" show.

Sarah Palin: Her electrifying speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention marking the national debut of a political powerhouse.

Career Lowlight:

Couric: Her rocky tenure as the first solo female anchor of the "CBS Evening News."

Palin: Her rocky interview with Couric in fall 2008.

Signature Features:

Couric: Legs and biceps.

Palin: Stylish specs, scarlet blazers.

Linked Professionally With:

Couric: Matt Lauer, her co-host on "Today."

Palin: John McCain, her 2008 GOP running mate.

Juicy Tell-Alls:

Couric: "Katie: The Real Story" (2007), Edward Klein.

Palin: "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin" (2011), Joe McGinniss.

Opposing Camps:

Couric: ABC's Times Square Studio.

Palin: NBC's Studio 1A, Rockefeller Center.