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.
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.In the summer of 1998, she signed a four-year contract extension with NBC for million.Her million yearly salary elevated her into the ranks of the top personalities in TV news, including prime-time anchors Diane Sawyer, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather.Simultaneously, she's been dealing with other poignant life changes: She's anxious about living without both her girls at home.
Menopause, which she is "smack-dab in the middle of," has brought an awareness that a chapter of her life has closed.
"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.
She's always loved to sing, and today, along with two female backup singers, she's in a New York City recording studio singing the pop classic "Johnny Angel." The three women are reprising a recent performance they gave at a fund-raiser at Katie's church, but as to why they're putting it on tape, "I'm not sure," says Katie, flashing her famous ear-to-ear grin.
For her part, Couric had become the undisputed star of morning television.
In early 1997, Gumbel left continued throughout the 1990s.
Couric's first job was as a desk assistant at ABC, where she worked under anchorman Sam Donaldson, among others.