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Katie Couric's Husband Had Her at Hello & after 'Much Badgering' Finally Called Her despite Having a Girlfriend

Busayo Ogunjimi
Feb 19, 2022
12:40 P.M.
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Today, Katie Couric is happily married to John Molner. However, before the duo started dating, it took much badgering to convince Molner to ask Couric out. Inside their love story.


Katie Couric's name needs no introduction, having been one of the most famous journalists over the last three decades. Her career is a massive inspiration to many women, as she was the first woman to anchor "CBS Evening News" alone in 2006.

Couric's hard work may have made her the strong and accomplished woman she is today, but the demanding situations she has surmounted have played a significant role in her success on and off the screen. 

Katie Couric at The 2020 MAKERS Conference on February 11, 2020 [left] Katie Couric and John Molner at the "2014 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's" event on November 22, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images


The producer was faced with trauma in 1998, following the death of her husband of nine years, Jay Monahan. However, Couric explained that the sad occurrence made her understand the fragility of life in a way that would always be with her. 

Currently, she is living her best life with her second husband, John Molner, whom she married almost a decade ago. Here's a look at Katie Couric's life, especially her relationship with her husband.

Katie Couric at the Museum of the Moving Image Honoring Katie Couric at the St. Regis Hotel on May 5, 2010. | Photo: Getty Images



Couric first met her banker husband in 2012. In her book "Going There," the author revealed how she found the man of her dreams more than ten years after her husband's death. Couric explained that she sought the help of a friend. She explained:

"One morning at Flywheel with my friend and dating adviser Pat, I spotted Molly Helfet hanging her jacket in a locker. Her elegant South African husband, Dave, was the chief trauma surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery."

Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy, Katie Couric and John Molner at the "Howard Stern's Birthday Bash" and presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions on January 31, 2014. | Photo: Getty Images


After some encouragement from Pat, Couric asked Helfet if she had any single doctor friend. According to the journalist, Helfet flipped through her mental Rolodex. Unfortunately, no single doctor was available, but Helfet confessed that she knew a banker named John Molner.

Dave's wife explained that Molner was not single at the time, but he was a great guy. So, Couric hoped that she would be lucky to find a lover in the banker. 

John Molner and Katie Couric at the City Harvest's 35th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2018. | Photo: Getty Images.


Sadly, he never called or sent a message, but Couric did not give up. She asked her friend about Molner, and "after much badgering," he finally called. Couric told People:

"He finally asked me out; we met at a restaurant, and what can I say? He had me at hello."

Katie Couric and John Molner at the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images



Their first meeting was eventful as Couric accepted to date Molner. She remembered every detail of their first date, including her now-husband's physical appearance. 

The mother of two said her man was more handsome in person. According to her, Molner had a firm handshake and was comfortable in his skin.

Throughout the meeting, Couric and Molner had a fantastic conversation. The latter spoke about his childhood in Chicago, and Couric mentioned that her mom always wanted her to move to the location. 

Katie Couric and John Molner at the Oklahoma City Thunder vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 7, 2013. | Photo: Getty Images


Furthermore, Molner talked about his previous marriage and his kids, and in return, Couric also told him about her two children.

The pair talked about the significant aspects of their personal lives, including that Molner was dating a 27-year-old lady at the time. 

Nevertheless, the banker's relationship did not stop him from pursuing a relationship with Couric. To prove his love, Molner broke up with his girlfriend almost immediately.

Katie Couric and Ellie Monahan at Marie Claire's Women Taking The Lead Luncheon at Marea on June 10, 2013. Photo: Getty Images


Molner did not care if Couric was 54; he had found the woman of his dreams. The couple's union was like a match made in heaven. 

They went on other dates, spending quality time with each other. For the second date, Couric and Molner went drinking at Barbuto. It was a lovely experience.

As expected, they went on a third date, and on the fourth day, Molner met Couric's daughters Carrie and Ellie. After meeting his wife's kids, the journalist returned the favor. During dinner at Red Hat, Westchester, she met the banker's kids, Henry and Allie, who were 17 and 14. 

Katie Couric and John Molner at the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. | Photo: Getty Images



With their relationship filled with love and going smoothly, it was only a matter of time before Molner popped the question. Eventually, the duo got engaged. They were set to get married when they faced their first difficult situation: Molner was diagnosed with cancer.

It was a terrible experience for the couple, especially for Couric, who lost her first husband to colon cancer. The author said the incident was similar to Monahan's, which greatly affected her. 

Thankfully, Molner's illness did not end in death. Although Molner lost 25 pounds and had a massive scar on his abdomen, he recovered fully and proceeded to make plans for the wedding.


Katie Couric at "Mornings With Maria" at Fox Business Network Studios on March 20, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

On June 21, 2014, Couric and Molner tied the knot in a private ceremony at The backyard of the former's home in East Hampton. 


The bride donned a Carmen Marc Valvo-designed ivory crystal beaded and embroidered Chantilly lace halter gown for the occasion. 

She walked down the aisle with her husband to the Broadway song "Til There Was You," played by a string quartet. It was a memorable occasion witnessed by a few friends and family, including the couple's kids. 

Katie Couric and John Molner at the "Turning Tables: Cooking, Serving, and Surviving In A Global Pandemic" premiere during the 2021 Tribeca Festival at Brookfield Place on June 18, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images


After the wedding, Couric spoke with today about how she felt on the big day. The former "Today" anchor revealed that she was very relaxed and did not get nervous at any point. 

On the other hand, Molner felt lucky to have Couric as his wife. After his divorce, the man relayed that he had been single for a very long time. 

So, he began to think of the qualities he would want in a partner. Molner said he wanted a woman with passion and activities, and Couric had those qualities.

Katie Couric and John Molner at the 2021 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's gala on October 23, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images


According to the banker, his wife's great life was not intimidating. Instead, it left him astonished. Molner observed that Couric loved her career, and it was enjoyable to watch. 

This year, the couple will celebrate their eighth marriage anniversary, and fans are optimistic that they will spend a lifetime together. Even though they have no kids together, Molner and Couric remain head over heels in love with each other.