Reflecting on Katie Couric’s Career Amid News of Her Cancer Diagnosis

Over the years, Katie Couric has solidified herself as a top U.S. journalist, producer, and author. She has made millions in the process. What's her net worth?

Anuradha Garg - Author

Sep. 29 2022, Updated 3:12 p.m. ET

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Over the years, Katie Couric has solidified herself as a top journalist, producer, and author. She has worked for major U.S. networks and has made millions in the process. Today, Couric serves as more than someone who delivers the news, she's an influencer. Couric became an advocate for cancer after her first husband passed away from the disease.

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While Couric has had multiple family members fall victim to cancer, she recently disclosed details of her own struggles with it. Here's a look at how Couric built her career and net worth and where her bout with breast cancer stands today.

Katie Couric got her passion for news from her father.

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Couric's father was a retired journalist and public relations executive and she followed his path. Couric landed her first job in 1979 in the ABC News office in Washington, D.C. In 1987, she worked for an NBC affiliate network before becoming a reporter at the Pentagon for the Washington bureau of NBC News.

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Couric is famously known for her 15-year long career on NBC’s The Today Show. She was the first female solo anchor of the Major Network (CBS) evening news program. She was an instant hit with viewers and it solidified her position as an anchor. Couric has several awards to her name for her work in the news and she was inducted into the TV hall of fame in 2004.

Katie Couric

American journalist, presenter, producer, and author

Net worth: $110 million

Birthdate: January 7, 1957

Birthplace: Arlington, Va.

Birth name: Katherine Anne Couric

Education: Graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a degree in American Studies

Spouse: Jay Monahan ​​(m. 1989; died 1998)​

John Molner​​ (m. 2014)

Children: 2

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How much is Katie Couric's net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Couric is one of the highest-paid female journalists with a salary of $10 million and a net worth of nearly $110 million. At the beginning of her career with ABC, her salary was about $7 million.

The big jump in her financial career came when she signed a $60 million 4.5 year contract with The Today Show in 2001. At the time, it was the largest financial deal in television news history. The contract implied an annual average salary of $13 million and much higher adjusted for inflation now.

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In 2006, Couric moved from NBC to CBS and received an average annual salary of $15 million per year. At the time, CBS was struggling to catch up to the evening news programs broadcast by NBC and ABC. Couric helped improved CBS's ratings after joining.

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In 2011, Couric moved on to ABC News (this is where she started her news career) and signed a $40 million contract. From there, she moved to Yahoo! and became their global news anchor until 2017.

Couric also founded her own production company, Katie Couric Media (KCM) in 2015, which partners with National Geographic to create various documentaries.

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Couric has appeared in several acting roles, including voicing the role of Katie Current in the animated film Shark Tale, small roles in Austin Powers in Goldmember, General Hospital, Murphy Brown, Glee, Pawn Stars, and Will & Grace. She has also narrated a number of documentaries.

Couric has multiple sources of income, including revenues from her books, a salary for being an anchor and host, giving voice over, narrating documentaries, and being the producer of various shows through KCM.

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Couric’s career flourished despite personal tragedy.

Couric married John Paul Monahan in 1989 and they have two daughters together. Monahan passed away in 1998 from colon cancer. In 2014, Couric married a financier named John Molner. Molner is a partner at the investment bank Brown Brothers Harriman.

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In September 2022, Couric revealed she too had been diagnosed with cancer.

On September 28, 2022, Couric took to her media company's website to break the news about her cancer diagnosis. It was in June 2022 when Couric went in for a mammogram, a preventative measure she encourages all women to take annually, and shortly after, learned she had breast cancer. Though her doctor reassured her that the tumor that was detected was treatable, surgery would be required.

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A month after learning she had breast cancer, Couric underwent "breast conservation” surgery, also called "lumpectomy." She had to undergo several rounds of radiation, with "each session lasting about 10 minutes," the journalist shared. Because the cancer was removed and the likelihood of it returning was low, Couric says she was able to forgo chemotherapy.

While Couric is now able to resume doing the things she enjoys most, she is using her story to spread this message: "Please get your annual mammogram."


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