Katie Couric, the famed television newswoman and entertainment personality married businessman John Molner this weekend during an intimate ceremony at her summer home in East Hampton in New York. The wedding, while intimate and subdued in ceremony, was major news throughout the United States.
Couric is a television journalist, talk-show host and author, and has credentials that include hosting programs on all three of the largest networks in television, including ABC, NBC and CBS. According to People Magazine, Couric worked for NBC News for 17 years beginning in 1989, and is perhaps most noted for her role as co-anchor for 15 years on the Today show. Couric’s first job in was for ABC news in 1979 where she covered the broadcaster’s Washington, D.C. bureau. She joined CNN as an assignment editor in 1980, and then worked for a Miami CBS affiliate television station as a general assignment reporter. Following an eye-catching tenure at a Washington, D.C. affiliate, she moved to NBC New York. She joined the Today show in 1989 as a national political correspondent, and became a regular co-host personality on the show. She became the permanent co-anchor on the heralded morning variety show in 1991.
Entertainment reporter for the USA Today, Jayme Deerwester, explained that Couric also transitioned into a role of softer journalism after she launched Katie, a syndicated daytime talk television show in 2012. No stranger to new gigs, Couric is currently the host of a web show that is produced by ABC news, called Katie’s Take.
Deerwester explained that even though Couric’s life seems Cinderella perfect, especially after getting married to businessman John Molner, there was some turbulent water in her life as well. Couric was at the top of her game when she experienced a monumental loss in her family. Couric’s first husband, Jay Monahan, died suddenly of cancer in 1998. Couric, who was only 42 years old at the time, became an outspoken and prominent spokesperson for the prevention of colon cancer in the years that followed. The couple had two girls, Ellie and Carrie, now 22 and 18 respectively. Couric and Molner started dating after meeting each other during a fundraising event in New York City.
“In 2013, after two years of dating Molner, Couric announced their engagement to the world,” said New York Daily News reporter Rich Schapiro.
According to Schapiro, the wedding was a very casual ceremony in the backyard of her summer home in front of less than 75 friends and relatives. Schapiro said Molner’s children Allie and Henry gave the wedding readings while Couric’s children were acted as flower girls for the occasion.
Couric is not the only successful member of the duo. In fact, according to Eonline reporter Peter Gicas, Molner is successful in his own right. Molner is an top executive at the Born Brothers Harriman and Co, a Chicago-based investment firm. Molner, according to Gicas, is in charge of mergers and acquisitions at the firm. He graduated from business school with honors from both Trinity College and the University of Chicago.
With current projects as Katie and Katie’s Take going strong, it is obvious that Couric will be in the media channels even following marrying business man John Molner. Because of both Couric’s and Molner’s popularity and natural charm, this could be an actual match made in heaven.
By Vincent Aviani