Katie Couric Lands First Interview With Heroic US Airways Pilot

Katie Couric has landed the first interview with US Airways pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who became a national hero after safely ditching Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River.

The interview will air on CBS' 60 Minutes on Feb. 8.

It's a coup for Katie but not so much for her former Today co-anchor Matt Lauer, who was originally promised the first interview with Sullenberger live on Jan. 19. That interview was cancelled at the last minute due to the ongoing investigation into Flight 1549's water landing.

The Today show no longer has plans to interview Sullenberger.

Meantime, the once-beleaguered Couric is on an upswing after her infamous Sarah Palin interview. Ratings for her CBS Evening News are up, two years after she took over as broadcast television's first solo female news anchor.