That same year, however, Couric faced profound tragedy in her personal life: Monahan, then a legal analyst with NBC News, died in January following a six-month battle with colon cancer. After her husband's untimely death, Couric mounted an aggressive campaign to raise money for research and testing in order to fight colon cancer.
As part of her efforts, Couric masterminded a two-week TV series to raise awareness of the disease, even undergoing an on-air colonoscopy herself in order to impress upon viewers the importance of testing.
She has lost others — her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998; her sister Emily, a Virginia state senator, to pancreatic cancer 11 years ago — and while her father's passing, at almost 91, didn't have the tragic elements of their untimely deaths, it was a deep blow all the same.
She's experienced romantic loss, too: Last December, she and Brooks Perlin, the entrepreneur boyfriend who was 17 years her junior, ended their five-year relationship, leaving her no closer to the "life partner" she's yearned for for years.
In 1988, shortly before her marriage to Jay Monahan, a lawyer based in Washington, Couric was hired as the No. invasion of Panama and the Persian Gulf War from her Pentagon position, as well as from a newly-created post at NBC's morning show, , she conducted many sought-after interviews with individuals such as First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Anita Hill, George Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell and Jerry Seinfeld.
2 reporter at the Pentagon for the Washington bureau of NBC News. Her comfortable on-screen rapport with Gumbel (although the two were famously contentious off-camera) proved the key to the show's growing popularity, and in 1993 , which continued to solidify its hold on the top spot in the Nielsen ratings and expand the definition of a morning news program.
"The accounts I’ve read and heard have been disturbing, distressing and disorienting and it’s completely unacceptable that any woman at the show experienced this kind of treatment. I think I speak for many of my former colleagues when I say this was not the Matt we knew.
John Couric, who died of complications from Parkinson's disease, was a former newspaper editor, his daughter's role model, and Katie's lifelong fan.
However, interest in the program soon faded following its promising start, and her talk show was canceled after its second season.
Couric embarked on her new position as global news anchor for Yahoo in early 2014.
For the next seven years, Couric worked at CNN bureaus around the country as a producer and, when she could, as an on-air reporter.
In 1987, she returned to Washington and took a job as a reporter at an NBC affiliate station there.