Fast Facts

  • Was a high school cheerleader, gymnast, runner, National Honor Society member and newspaper writer.
  • After watching her fill in for an absent news correspondent at the start of her career in 1980, a CNN executive said he never wanted to see her on the air again.
  • While Deborah Norville was out on maternity leave, she sat in for her as co-anchor of NBC's Today Show, and officially replaced Norville in 1991.
  • Launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) to encourage preventive testing and new medical research after her husband died of colon cancer in 1998.
  • Wrote a bestselling children's book, The Brand New Kid, in 2000.
  • Named News Person of the Year by TV GUIDE in 2001. Other awards she has won include Daytime Emmys, an Associated Press Award and a National Headliner Award.
  • Was the voice of the character Katie Current in the animated movie Shark Tale (2004).
  • In 2006, she left the Today Show to anchor the CBS Evening News, becoming the first woman to solo anchor a weeknight network news broadcast.
  • In 2009, won a Walter Cronkite Award for Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign.


  • 2000, Peabody — None: Winner


  • Caroline Couric Monahan — Daughter
  • Emily Couric — Sister
  • Elinor Tully Monahan — Daughter
  • John M. Couric — Father
  • John M. Couric Jr. — Brother
  • Brooks Perlin — Ex-significant Other
  • John Paul (Jay) Monahan III — Husband (deceased)
  • John Molner — Husband
  • Elinor Couric — Mother
  • Clara Couric Batchelor — Sister
  • Jeffrey Wadlow — Nephew


  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States (American Studies, 1979)


  • Birth Name: Katherine Anne Couric
  • Birth Place: Arlington, Virginia, United States
  • Profession: TV host, News anchor

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