In May 2003, Jay Leno hosted NBC's morning talk show "Today" (1952) Show. In a May sweeps promotion, "Today" (1952) host Katie Couric, in turn, hosted "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992).
After 15 years of co-hosting NBC's "Today" (1952), she announced that she will be leaving NBC to accept a position at CBS. She will become the first solo woman anchor of a nightly news program in September 2006 when she starts her new job at CBS.
After her late husband, Jay Monahan, died from colon cancer in 1998, Katie was continually raising awareness of colon cancer and did a live colonoscopy on NBC's "Today" (1952) in 2000.
She drew high ratings when 8.4 million people tuned in to watch her farewell episode on NBC's "Today" (1952).
Graduated from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia in 1975.
Graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979.
Daughters: Ellie (b. 1991), Caroline (b. 1995)
Her older sister, Senator Emily Couric (Virginia), was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2000. She died on October 18, 2001.
Read poetry aloud at the bedside of her friend, Jenifer Estess as Jenifer battled with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's disease). Jenifer died of the disease on December 16, 2003.
In June 2006 she bought a $6.3 million Posh Hamptons Pad. She also owns a $3.2 million Manhattan apartment and a weekend getaway in upstate Lithgow, New York.