Monday's intriguing people
Matt Lauer and Katie Couric talk to Beach Boys singer Mike Love in 2005.
April 11th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Matt Lauer

While his former "Today" co-host Katie Couric is apparently planning her departure from CBS News, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal report that Lauer might make a big move, too. He could leave the immensely popular "Today" show to join Couric and former NBC Chairman Jeff Zucker as they produce a syndicated talk show, the Times reports.

But NBC probably will make Lauer a huge contract offer to remain at the network. In its story on the possible move, The Wall Street Journal, citing Kantar Media, reported that "Today" brings in more than $500 million in advertising revenue yearly. Lauer has been a co-anchor on the show since January 1997. He has also been one of the NBC reporters at the most recent eight Olympics. His contract at NBC expires December 31, 2012.

"The 'Today' anchors are under contract, and beyond that we prefer not to comment on speculation and rumors," an NBC spokeswoman said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal.

Tara Sullivan

Sullivan, a sports columnist at The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey, writes about being stopped from joining male reporters to interview golfer Rory McIlroy, whose dramatic collapse in the fourth round of the Masters was one of the riveting stories from Sunday's final round.

After being denied access to the locker room, Sullivan asked a security guard why she couldn't go in. She was told there was an open bathroom in the area.

Sullivan says she looked around for a tournament official and decided that instead of making an issue of it, she'd gather more information for her column. When she returned to the media room, she tweeted her disappointment:

Bad enough no women members at Augusta. But not allowing me to join writers in locker room interview is just wrong.

Sullivan writes in today's editions of the paper that other columnists, who were unaware she had been stopped, shared quotes with her and that an official apologized to her personally. The guard, part of the security force for the week, was wrong to deny her access, the official told her.

It was an embarrassing incident for the Masters, which had one of the most exciting finishes ever, writes

Steve Jobs and Walter Isaacson

The authorized biography of Apple CEO Jobs will hit bookshelves and e-readers in early 2012, according to Mashable.

Isaacson, a former Time and CNN executive, will write the book, titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs." Mashable reports that Isaacson received unprecedented access to the normally private Jobs and his family.

Isaacson has a penchant for "spotting the most influential people in any room and finding a way to get close to them," writes Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt.

Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003. He had a liver transplant in 2009. On January of this year, he took his second medical leave from the company in the past two years.

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