Katie Couric: Biography

Award-winning journalist, cancer advocate, documentary filmmaker and New York Times best-selling author, Katie Couric and National Geographic have teamed up for America Inside Out with Katie Couric.

Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is an award-winning journalist, cancer advocate, documentary filmmaker and New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.

Couric launched her production company, Katie Couric Media in 2015 and is actively involved in a number of scripted and unscripted projects including: FLINT, for Lifetime with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; a forthcoming scripted series for Netflix based on the Pulitzer Prize winning exposé An Unbelievable Story of Rape; and SCRAPS, a series about sustainable food for the FYI network. She hosts an eponymous podcast on the Stitcher network with Brian Goldsmith, featuring conversations with boldfaced names in politics, media and popular culture.

Couric’s documentaries include: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, for National Geographic; Under the Gun, which aired on EPIX in the US; and Fed Up, which looks at the roots of the obesity epidemic and is currently available on Netflix.

Following the success of Gender Revolution, Couric is partnering with National Geographic on a six-part documentary series that will take a deep dive into the revolutionary changes and major social issues of our time: America Inside Out with Katie Couric.

Couric joined CBS as the first woman at the helm of an evening news cast after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show. Prior to that, she was the deputy Pentagon correspondent for NBC News. Couric served as the Global News Anchor for Yahoo News, interviewing a variety of leading political and cultural figures and anchoring breaking news coverage. Her daytime talk show, which was syndicated by ABC-Disney, aired from 2012 – 2014 and averaged two million viewers daily. It remains the highest premiere of any new US daytime talk show.

Couric is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), initiatives launched by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). SU2C has raised over $500 million to fund scientific research teams that emphasise collaboration and innovation. Couric also established the Jay Monahan Centre for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Centre.

Her awards include a DuPont-Columbia, Peabody, two Edward R. Murrows, a Walter Cronkite Award from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School, and multiple Emmys.  She has been recognised by the Harvard School of Public Health with the Julius B Richmond Award (the highest honour) and the American Association for Cancer Research Award for Distinguished Public Service for her advocacy for cancer research and awareness efforts. Couric has also received a Medal of Honour from the American Cancer Society, the highest civilian honour.

Born in Arlington, Virginia, Couric graduated with honours from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on American Studies. She has two daughters, Ellie and Carrie, and lives in New York City with her husband, John Molner.

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