Jeff Labrecque
May 13, 2011 AT 11:18 PM EDT

Katie Couric’s contract with CBS expires on June 4, but she’s getting on early start on the next phase of her career. She’ll say goodbye this Thursday, when she’ll host her last episode of the CBS Evening News, according to the Associated Press. Her successor, Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes, will not take his seat behind the newsdesk until June 6.

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