Who is Katie Couric?
Katherine Anne Couric is a popular American television and online journalist, presenter, producer, and author. Couric is the founder of Katie Couric Media, a multimedia news and production company. She additionally publishes a daily newsletter, Wake Up Call, and was Yahoo’s Global News Anchor from 2013 to 2017. Katie has been a TV host at all of the Big Three television networks in the United States. She was an assignment editor for CNN in her early profession.
From 1989 to 2006, she worked for NBC News, from 2006 to 2011 for CBS News, and 2011 to 2014 for ABC News. Couric appeared as a guest host for the game shows Jeopardy! in 2021. She was the first female to host the flagship American version of the show in its history. Apart from her roles in TV news, she also hosted Katie, a syndicated daytime talk show. The show was produced by Disney-ABC Domestic TV from September 10, 2012, to June 9, 2014.
Her most essential presenting roles comprise co-host of Today, a correspondent for 60 Minutes, and anchor of the CBS Evening News. Katie additionally reported for almost every television news broadcast across, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Her 2011 book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, was a New York Times best-seller. Katie was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2004.
How old is Katie Couric?
Katherine Anne Couric was born in Arlington Virginia, U.S. on January 7, 1957, and is aged 64 as of 2021. She shares her birthday with many famous people such as Camryn Grimes, David Lee Murphy, Lewis Hamilton, Nicolas Cage, Rand Paul, Jeremy Renner, Eden Hazard, Dustin Diamond, and Caster Semenya, among others.
Katie Couric Family
Who are Katie Couric’s parents?
Katherine Anne Couric was born as the daughter of Elinor Tullie and John Martin Couric Jr. Her father was a public relations executive and news editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the United Press in Washington, D.C. While her mother was a homemaker and part-time writer.
Katie’s maternal grandparents Bert Hene and Clara L. Frohsin were the youngsters of Jewish immigrants from Germany. Her paternal grandparents had French, English, Scottish, and German ancestry. Katie’s mother was Jewish and converted to Presbyterianism before the marriage. Couric was brought up in her father’s Presbyterian faith.
Does Katie Couric have siblings?
Couric was born in a family of four children, having three siblings. She has two sisters, Emily Couric (who died on October 18, 2001), Clara Couric Batchelor, and brother John M. Coiric, Jr. She is the seventh cousin of Haylie Duff, Hilary Duff, and Lance Armstrong.
Katie Couric Education
Katherine joined and studied at Arlington Public Schools: Jamestown Elementary, Williamsburg Middle School, and Yorktown High School. She was also a cheerleader. As a high school student, Couric was an intern at Washington, D.C. all-news radio station WAVA, Later she studied at the University of Virginia, her father’s alma mater, in 1975 and was a Delta Delta Delta sorority sister. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies in 1979.
Katie Couric Interests
Katherine was active in the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer campaign and appeared in several public service announcements and did voice-overs for several others. She is also a spokeswoman for colon cancer awareness after her husband’s death due to the disease. Couric also creates awareness about breast cancer and also pancreatic cancer which killed her sister, Emily Couric. She has been recognized for her leadership in increasing cancer awareness and screening.
Katie worked as an executive producer on Netflix’s true crime miniseries Unbelievable in 2019. She additionally performed in films giving her voice to an animated film, Shark Tale as the voice of news reporter ”Katie Current. As well as making appearances in episodes in other films such as General Hospital, AustinPowers in Goldmember, Murphy Brown, Will & Grace, Pawn Stars, and Sully. She is also an author and has written three books, The Brand New Kid in 2000, The Blue Ribbon Day in 2004, and The Best Advice I Ever Got; Lessons from Extraordib=nary Lives in 2011.
Katie Couric Husband
In 1989, Katherine married attorney John Paul ”Jay” Monahan III. They had two children, daughters, before Jay’s death in 1998 at age of 42 due to colorectal cancer.
Couric later in September 2013, engaged to financier John Molner after dating for three years. They then married on June 21, 2014, in a small, private ceremony at her home in The Hamptons after engaging for nine months. Katie has also been linked to dating Larry King, a broadcaster who is almost 23 years her senior.
Katie Couric Children
Couric and her first husband John Paul had two children, daughters together. The two daughters are, Elinor Tully ”Ellie” Monohan, born on July 23, 1991, in Washington, D. C., and Caroline ”Carrie”, born on January 5, 1996, in New York City.
Katie Couric Residence
Couric and her husband John Molner presently live together in her $6.3 million posh home in The Hamptons, in New York. She additionally owns a Manhattan apartment worth $3.2 million and a weekend getaway in upstate Lithgow, New York.
Katie Couric Height
American presenter, journalist, actress, writer, and producer, Couric have a stunning body with a standing height of 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) and a weight of 59 kg (130 lbs).
Katie Couric’s Television Career
Beginning of her career
Couric’s initial job was at the ABC News bureau in Washington, D. C., in 1979 and later joined CNN as an assignment editor. She served as a general-assignment reporter for the then-CBS affiliate WTVJ in Miami, Florida between 1984 and 1986. In the next two years, Katie reported for WRC-TV, the NBC-owned-and-operated station in Washington D. C. Her work there gained her an Associated Press award and an Emmy.
Katie joined NBC News in 1989 as Deputy Pentagon Correspondent and was an anchor substitute from 1989 to 1991. Couric filled in as host of Byrant Gumbel, as co-anchor of Today for Deborah Norville and Jane Pauley. She also filled in for Mary Alice Williams, Boyd Matson, Garrick Utley, and Maria Shriver as co-host of Sunday Today, and John Palmer, Faith Daniels, Ann Curry, Connie Chung, Deborah Norville, Bob Jamieson, and Margaret Larson as anchor of the former NBC News Program News at Sunrise. Additionally, Couric substituted for Daniels, John Palmer, and Norville as the news anchor on Today.
Katie went back to NBC to co-host the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies together with Mike Trico. As well as to provide additional Winter Olympic coverage and athlete interviews. She received criticism and bemusement from the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands and others. This was after she suggested erroneously that the Dutch use their skates like a normal mode of transportation during wintertime during the opening ceremony. Couric then apologized stating that her intended compliment didn’t come out as intended, and the Embassy accepted and invited her to the Netherlands for a tour.
Couric joined Today in 1989, as a national political correspondent, becoming a substitute co-host in February 1991 after Norville left on maternity leave. Norville did not come back making Katie a permanent co-anchor on April 5, 1991. Couric became co-anchor of Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric which was an evening-time weekly TV newsmagazine along with Tom Brokaw. It was later ended and folded into part of Dateline NBC, wherein her reports appeared regularly and she became the anchor. She stayed at Today and NBC News for fifteen years until May 31, 2006.
Couric then mentioned that she was going to CBS to anchor the CBS Evening News, making her the first solo female anchor of the ”big three” weekday nightly news broadcasts. Katie served on various news specials such as Everybody’s Business; America’s Children in 1995. Other similar entertainment specials included Legend to Legend Night; A Celebrity Cavalcade in 1993 and Harry Potter; Behind the Magic in 2001. She additionally co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and has broadcast alongside Bob Costas, starting with the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Couric has interviewed multiple political figures and celebrities which include presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Additionally First Lady Barbara Bush, John F. Kennedy Jr. gave her his first and last interviews. Katie received many TV reporting awards throughout her career which include the prestigious Peabody Award for her series Confronting Colon Cancer. She has additionally interviewed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, which was her initial TV interview, Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling, and Laura Bush.
Return in Today
Couric made a come back to visit Today on May 28, 2008, since departing two years to the very day back on May 21, 2006. She appeared together with her evening counterparts, NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams and ABC World News’ Charles Gibson. They appeared to promote an organization titled Stand Up to Cancer and raise cancer awareness on all three main TV networks; ABC, CBS & NBC. The three appeared together on all three main network morning shows, starting with CBS’s Early Show, later on, NBC’s Today, and lastly on ABC’s Good Morning America. Katie returned for a week-long stint as co-host of Today in January 2017 to mark Matt Lauer’s 20th anniversary as anchor of the show.
Moving to CBS News
Evening News 2006-2011
On April 5, 2006, Couric revealed that she was leaving Today. Later the same day, CBS confirmed that Katie would become the new anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News. She was also to contribute to 60 Minutes and anchor prime-time news specials for CBS. While at CBS, she earned a salary of US$15 million annually, making her the highest-paid journalist in the world, similar to Barbara Walters at ABC. On September 5, 2006, Couric made her initial broadcast as an anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
CBS largely promoted Couric’s arrival at the network, hoping to revive the evening news format although it was suggested to backfire. CBS Evening News stayed at a distant third in viewership, behind ABC World News and NBC Nightly News. As her ratings improved over her predecessor, Bob Schieffer, ABC’s Charles Gibson widened World News’s lead over Evening News. Katie announced CBS News’s official projection for the 2008 United States Presidential Election. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric received the 2008 and 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast.
Couric was awarded the Emmy Governors’ Award for her broadcasting career in 2009. In CBS, she has interviewed presidents, celebrities, cabinet members, and business executives around the world. They include President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Former President George W. Bush, and Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. As well as John Edwards just after the announcement that his then-wife Elizabeth’s cancer had returned, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Michael J. Fox, and Norah Jones.
Couric led CBS News’ coverage of the 2006 midterm elections, the 2008 Presidential election and conventions, and the 2010 midterm elections. She was the first network anchor on the ground in Port au Prince after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Following the BP oil spill, Couric anchored from the Gulf Coast weekly and brought much attention to the calamity.
In 2011, she reported from Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution. She also led CBS News’ coverage from London for the Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton in April 2011. Until December 21, 2009, Katie was the only solo female evening news anchor in the U.S., when Diane Sawyer succeeded in retiring Charles Gibson for ABC World News. Sawyer and Katie were former rivals as the hosts of Good Morning America and Today, respectively. She revealed in early 2011, that she was leaving her anchor post at CBS Evening News as her contract expired. On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Couric made her final broadcast as the CBS Evening News chair.
60 Minutes (2006-2011)
Couric was a 60 Minutes correspondent and contributed six to eight stories a year for the program. Recognizably, she was the first to interview pilot Chesley Sullenberger after the ”Miracle on the Hudson” airplane landing. Katie also interviewed Robert Gates, Valerie Plame, and Michelle Rhee for the show.
Palin Interview (2008)
The Sarah Palin Interviews with Katie Couric were a collection of interviews Couric taped with 2008 U.S. Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. The interviews were repeatedly broadcast on TV before the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Katie obtained the Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence for the interviews.
CBS Reports (2009-2011)
Katie was the lead reporter for two CBS Reporter series that aired across all CBS News platforms. The first series, ”CBS Reporters: Children of the Recession”, highlighted the pain suffered by the youngest of the then-ongoing Great Recession victims. The collections won the Columbia School of Journalism’s Alfred DuPont Award for Excellence in Journalism. The second collection, aired in early 2010, was ”CBS Reports: Where America Stands”, which featured veteran CBS News correspondents. It was reporting on major issues facing the United States in the decade ahead with research by the CBS News Polling Unit.
Couric hosted a weekly, one-hour interview show on CBSNews.com. Her initial guest was Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck. The following interviews have included former Vice President Al Gore, actor Hugh Jackman, recording actor Shakira, and First Lady Michelle Obama. She also interviewed New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, musician Justin Bieber, actress Jane Lynch, actor Daniel Radcliffe, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Gates. As well as former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, national Tea Party movement leader Michael Johns, football player Drew Brees, and author Malcolm Gladwell.
Return to ABC News
ABC News (2011-2013)
Katie was a unique correspondent for ABC News from 2011 to 2013, a role she has incorporated into her talk show. Her initial appearance on the network was a Sarah Jessica Parker interview on Nightline. Katie anchored coverage of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, together with Diane Sawyer, Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Roberts, Christiane Amanpour, George Stephanopoulos, and Barbara Walters. She was hosting Today on NBC at the time of the attacks and led CBS News’s coverage of the 5th anniversary.
Additionally, she co-hosted The View and Live! with Regis and Kelly. She later interviewed Lady Gaga in primetime on Thanksgiving as part of A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. Katie hosted a special primetime ABC news program highlighting Regis Philbin’s retirement, in November 2011, after Philbin’s 25-year tenure at ABC. Couric anchors specials for the network and for the newsmagazine 20/20, similar to colleague Barbara Walters.
She collaborated with People magazine, she created her new annual special The Year with Katie Couric, a program marking the end of the year and covering some of the biggest newsmakers and news events of that year. People magazine also reflects events in the world of news, politics, sports, and main headlines that helped shape the world. As part of the special, Katie interviews fellow members of the media providing some insight on some events that occurred. She substituted for co-anchor Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, her first stint at hosting a morning news show since leaving Today from April 2 to 6, 2012.
ABC revealed that Katie had signed a record US$40-million contract on June 6, 2011. She would start hosting a daytime talk show for its Disney-ABC Domestic Television arm that debuted in September 2012, and would also contribute to ABC News programming. It was announced that Couric’s talk show would be named Katie on August 22, 2011. This was the second web show that shows she has been affiliated with, after @katiecouric on the CBS Evening News, and the first episode aired on September 10, 2012.
Couric has mixed her affiliation with the ABC News Division with her ABC Daytime show by having news colleagues. They include Deborah Roberts, Matt Gutman, Marci Gonzalez, Dan Abrams, Christiane Amanpour, Mike Boettcher, Richard Besser, Jim Avila, Bran Ross, and Josh Elliot. As well as ABC News weather anchors Ginger Zee and Sam Champion, ABC World News anchors David Mulir, and Diane Sawyer corresponding on Katie for important news events. Domestically, she has had guests such as The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Strahan, and Kelly Ripa of Live! with Kelly and Michael and additionally some cast members of the soap opera General Hospital.
Disney-ABC Domestic Television renewed Katie for a second season beginning in fall 2013. However, in October 2013, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Katie was near to cancellation because of a low Q-S core, low rating, and a reported disdain of her core female audience. Her program averaged a 1. 7 household rating in its first season and a 1.8 in the 2013-14 season. Disney-ABC Domestic Television revealed that Katie had been canceled in December 2013, and production was scheduled to continue until June 2014.
Yahoo!/ABC News (2014-2017)
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced in November 2013, that she employed Couric as Global Anchor of Yahoo! News. Katie debuted in the new role in an interview with former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on January 13, 2014. Later she interviewed United States Secretary of State John Kelly. Aiming to collaborate and consolidate their news pools in March 2015, Yahoo News and ABC News expanded their partnership to comprise specials and features.
Couric and other Yahoo editors were to appear in daily segments on Good Morning America. The partnership secured her as having a spot in the ABC News division, as a special contributor. Following Verizon’s purchase of Yahoo! in June 2017 and combining it into Oath, Katie decided to terminate her contract at Yahoo! News. She opted to work with them on a ”project basis” only, as she continues to expand her own production company.
Katie Couric Net Worth
Journalist, presenter, author, and producer, Katie is one of the highest-paid female journalists with an income of $10 million annually and has been active from 1979 to date. She has garnered an accumulated net worth of $100 million as of 2021.