Katie Couric Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Katie Couric Net Worth

Katie Couric has an estimated net worth of $110 million. American television journalist Katie Couric was the co-host of ‘Today’ throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and in 2006, became the first woman to anchor ‘CBS Evening News’ alone. She earns most of her income from her career as a television journalist, actor and film producer. 

Katie Couric began her journalism career as an intern at ABC. She went on to report for NBC, eventually becoming co-anchor of Today and one of the top TV news personalities. Couric became the CBS Evening News’ first solo female anchor in 2006, and in 2012 she became the host of the ABC talk show Katie. Couric has been a Yahoo global news anchor since early 2014.

To calculate the net worth of Katie Couric, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Katie Couric
Net Worth: $110 Million
Monthly Income: $600 Thousand
Annual Salary: $10 Million
Source of Wealth: Journalist, TV Journalist, Author, Newscaster, Television producer, Actor, Film Producer

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Aspiring Reporter

Couric was born Katherine Anne Couric on January 7, 1957, in Arlington, Virginia, to John, a retired journalist and public relations executive, and his wife Elinor. Couric earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Virginia in 1979. She moved to Washington, D.C., right after college to pursue a career in television news reporting.

Couric’s first job was as an ABC desk assistant, where she worked alongside anchorman Sam Donaldson and others. She soon began working at the fledgling Cable News Network’s Washington bureau (CNN). Couric spent the next seven years working as a producer and on-air reporter at CNN bureaus across the country. She returned to Washington in 1987 to work as a reporter for an NBC affiliate station.

Couric was hired as the No. 2 reporter at the Pentagon for NBC News’ Washington bureau in 1988, shortly before her marriage to Jay Monahan, a lawyer based in Washington. Over the next three years, she reported from the Pentagon on the US invasion of Panama and the Persian Gulf War, as well as from a newly created position on NBC’s morning show, Today. When Deborah Norville went on maternity leave in early 1991, she took over as co-anchor of Today (along with Bryant Gumbel). Couric was hired by NBC executives in April to replace Norville, who had been blamed by some for the show’s declining ratings.

‘Today Show’

Couric’s pleasant, charming demeanor and her surprisingly hard-hitting journalistic style made her an instant hit with viewers. She conducted many sought-after interviews with people like First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Anita Hill, Colin Powell, and Jerry Seinfeld during her early years on Today. Today’s comfortable on-screen rapport with Gumbel (despite the fact that the two were notoriously contentious off-camera) proved crucial to the show’s growing popularity, and in 1993, Today surpassed ABC’s Good Morning America in the ratings to reclaim its position as the country’s most-watched morning newsmagazine.

Couric also cohosted another prime-time newsmagazine, Now, with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric, beginning in the summer of 1993. It was eventually absorbed into the more popular Dateline, and Couric continued her duties on Today, which maintained its top spot in the Nielsen ratings and expanded the definition of a morning news program. Couric, for her part, had emerged as the undisputed queen of morning television. Gumbel left Today in early 1997 and was replaced by Matt Lauer, who had been the show’s news anchor since 1994.

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Husband’s Death

Couric’s phenomenal success with Today lasted well into the 1990s. She signed a four-year contract extension with NBC for $28 million in the summer of 1998. Her $7 million annual salary catapulted her into the company of top TV news personalities such as Diane Sawyer, Tom Brokaw, and Dan Rather. That same year, however, Couric faced a personal tragedy: Monahan, then an NBC News legal analyst, died in January after a six-month battle with colon cancer. He was 42.

Following her husband’s untimely death, Couric launched an aggressive campaign to raise funds for colon cancer research and testing. Couric oversaw a two-week TV series to raise awareness of the disease, even undergoing an on-air colonoscopy to impress upon viewers the importance of testing. Her campaign had raised more than $10 million by the end of 2000.

Couric’s children’s book, The Brand New Kid, debuted in 2000 and spent three weeks atop the New York Times best-seller list for children’s picture books. She followed up with another children’s book, Blue Ribbon Day, in 2004 and again in 2011 with The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives.

Making History

Couric signed a new contract with NBC in January 2002 for a reported $65 million over four and a half years, allowing her to continue as host of Today while also exploring other opportunities at the network. Couric became the world’s highest-paid television personality as a result of the agreement.

Couric continued to make television history in 2006, when she signed a deal to become the first woman to anchor CBS Evening News alone after 15 years with Today. In addition to hosting, she agreed to contribute to the long-running newsmagazine 60 Minutes and anchor CBS prime-time specials.

On September 5, 2006, Couric made her debut as CBS’s sole evening news anchor, the first evening newscast to be simulcast live on the internet and local radio stations. Nearly 13.6 million people tuned in, giving the show its highest ratings since February 1998. In 2008 and 2009, Couric won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast, but her overall ratings fell short of the network’s expectations. In May 2011, she delivered her final CBS Evening News broadcast after announcing her desire to “engage in more multidimensional storytelling.”

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Recent Years

Couric signed a multi-platform deal with ABC in June 2011, and she began hosting Katie the following year. Its premiere on September 10, 2012, was the most-watched debut show on daytime television since Dr. Phil debuted in September 2002. However, after a promising start, interest in the program waned, and her talk show was canceled after its second season.

Couric began her new job as a Yahoo global news anchor in early 2014. In this role, she was responsible for traditional anchor duties such as reporting on live events and conducting interviews, as well as hosting the shows World 3.0 and Now I Get It. Couric agreed to terms on a new contract with the internet behemoth in June 2015.

Personal Life

Couric and her first husband, Jay Monahan, had two daughters: Elinor Tully “Ellie” Monahan on July 23, 1991, and Caroline “Carrie” Couric Monahan on January 5, 1996. She began dating entrepreneur Brooks Perlin in 2006, but they split up in 2011.

Couric made her relationship with financier John Molner public in 2012. The couple got engaged the following year and married in a small ceremony in East Hampton, New York, in June 2014.

Couric revealed her feelings about the situation to People in January 2018, more than a month after her former Today co-anchor Lauer was fired due to sexual misconduct allegations.

“It’s been a very painful experience for me,” Couric said. “The accounts I’ve read and heard have been disturbing, distressing, and disorienting, and it’s completely unacceptable that any woman on the Today show was subjected to this type of treatment.” When I say this was not the Matt we knew, I believe I speak for many of my former colleagues. Matt was a kind and generous coworker who treated me with dignity.”

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