Famously known as "America's Sweetheart", Katie Couric born on 7th January, 1957 in Arlington, Virginia is a famous American news
reporter and anchor. She was raised as an Episcopalian, though her mother is a Jewish. Her father works at United Press located in Washington, D.C, as a news
editor and as a public relation officer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Katie's mother is a writer and a homemaker. Couric did his schooling from public schools in Virginia. During her school days, Katie used to participate in games as a cheerleader. By the time she entered high school, she landed a coveted internship at WAWA, which is an all new radio station at Washington D.C.
Katie then opted for University of Virginia to pursue her graduation in English and her father also completed his graduation from the same university. During his graduation days, Katie Couric was a very active and flamboyant personality. Couric held the position of Delta Delta Delta sorority sister. She also attended UVA and served at many coveted positions. She lived as Head Resident of The Lawn,when she was in her third year at UVA. The Lawn is the heart of the Thomas Jefferson's academicals village. In year 1979, with more concentration on American studies, Katie graduated with a degree of graduation in subject English.
Katie started her career with ABC
in Washington DC. After ABC
, she got the post of assistant editor at CNN
and then she worked at WTVJ in Miami, Florida as a general assignment reporter. She won an Emmy award and an associated press award for her work as a reporter for WRC-TV. In the year 1989, she joined NBC news
at the position of Deputy Pentagon Correspondent. For the next two years, she worked as a substitute anchor for Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel. She was also a co-anchor for 'Today' with Deborah Norville.
She joined 'Today' as a national political correspondent. She has been a major part of many news
special programs. Katie has interviewed many renowned and popular personalities like President Gerald R. Ford, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. She also interviewed John F. Kennedy Jr. and Barbara Bush. Lara Bush, Harry potter, J.K Rowling and Tony Blair was also interviewed by Katie.
Katie Couric till date is a proud winner of numerous television reporting awards. The list includes Peabody Award, which is the most prestigious award for a reporter. Katie is called as "America's Sweetheart" for her performances on 'The Today's Show'. She has also hosted The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as a guest. She is the only one to host Jay Leno's shows other than Leno himself.
In the year 1989, she married Jay Monahan who later died of colon cancer in the year 1998. The couple had their first daughter Elinor Tully "Ellie" Monahan, who was born in 1991 and second daughter Caroline "Carrie" Couric Monahan, in 1996. After her husband's death she has been shown her support of Colon cancer awareness, for which she is a spokesperson. She also actively participates in National Hockey League's Hockey Fights Cancer campaign. Presently, she is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States.