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Katie Couric Biography

Birth Name:
Katherine Anne Couric
Birth Place:
Arlington, Virginia, United States
TV host, news anchor

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


  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated


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