04/04/2011 at 02:15 PM EDT
She made history, but in hindsight, Katie Couric says she may have tried to do too much as the first solo female network news anchor.
"I would have given people what they were used to, a traditional newscast," Couric, who is reportedly close to stepping down
at CBS Evening News
, tells The New York Times.
"And then as they got to know me and got more comfortable, then I would’ve started toying with the format and trying new things."
In the end, she says, "I think we were overly ambitious. We probably would have been better off playing it a little safer."
But one thing that doesn't weigh on her: working at the same network that allowed Charlie Sheen to hang on for so long.
Says Couric, "I don't really consider Charlie Sheen a colleague."
As for reports that she might host her own syndicated talk show in the future, Couric says if that happens she has one main goal for the program: To provide viewers with "smart conversation."