Katie Couric

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Katie Couric with troops at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia
Katie Couric with troops at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia

Katherine Anne Couric, better known as Katie Couric (born January 7, 1957) is an American journalist and media personality. She was born in Arlington, Virginia.


1 Personal life
2 External links


Couric enrolled in the University of Virginia in 1975, graduating in 1979. Her journalism career began when she was hired as a desk assistant for the ABC News bureau in Washington, DC, later joining CNN as an assignment editor. Between 1984 and 1986, she worked as a general-assignment reporter for WTVJ in Miami, Florida. During the following two years, she reported for WRC-TV, an NBC station in Washington, DC, work which earned her an Associated Press Award and an Emmy.

In 1990, she joined The Today Show as national correspondent, becoming a co-host in February 1991, at first temporarily, but later on a more permanent basis. In 1992, she began working as a collaborator at Dateline NBC, where her reports appear regularly. She hosted or worked on a number of "specials" (one-time programs): Everybody's Business: America's Children, in 1995 was a report on the state of children in the U.S.

Similar "specials" of a commercial or trivial aspect were Legend to Legend: A Celebrity Cavalgate in 1993, and Harry Potter: Behind the Magic.

Personality interviews

Couric has interviewed many international political figures and celebrities during her career, including George H. W. Bush, his son George W. Bush, Barbara Bush, John Ramsey and his wife Patsy Ramsey, Trisha Meili (known as The Central Park Jogger), Bill Clinton, and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Hillary Clinton and John F. Kennedy Jr. gave Couric their first and last interviews, respectively. In addition to that, Couric has won multiple television journalism awards through her career.

Media crossovers

In a media crossover to animated film, she was the voice of news-reporter Katie Current in the film Shark Tale, in the U.S. version. Most non-U.S. versions use a different voice, but she is still credited.

Personal life

She married Jay Monahan in 1989, joining NBC news the same year as Pentagon correspondent. Couric had her first daughter, Elinor Tully Monahan, in 1991, and her second daughter, Caroline, was born in 1996. Her husband died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42; today she is a prominent spokeswoman for colon cancer awareness.

Celebrity news, such as People [1] (http://people.aol.com/people/articles/0,19736,768761,00.html), reported that she dated smooth jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, but they reportedly broke up in February 2005.

External links

  • NBC (http://www.nbc.com)

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