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Katie Couric Engaged

You may notice a bright, shining ring on Katie Couric’s finger next week when she returns for the second season of her talk show, “Katie.” The ABC press office sent out a release this morning to announce that the ABC News special correspondent, 56, became engaged over the Labor Day weekend to John Molner, 50, her boyfriend of nearly two years.

Couric, a widow since her husband, Jay Monahan, died from colon cancer in 1998, accepted Molner’s proposal at sunset on the beach in East Hampton, N.Y., according to People magazine.

According to the ABC release, they both have roots in the Midwest. Molner, the head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., is based in Chicago, the same city where Couric’s parents met.

“It’s always had a special place in my heart,” Couric told USA Today in May of Chicago. “I love Midwesterners.”

Couric and Molner stepped out together in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala and were spotted sitting courtside at a New York Knicks game that same month.

Also from the release, Couric said, “We’re having a great time. He’s really funny and very successful in his own right. In a different line of work. A little more age appropriate,” Couric told USA Today, alluding to her previous boyfriend, entrepreneur Brooks Perlin, 17 years younger.

I can attest to that. Couric looks great, but I’d often see her with boyfriends who looked barely out of their 20’s.

Couric also told the paper her mom “really likes” Molner.

“I encouraged him to be very Eddie Haskell around her,” she said. “So he’s always saying, ‘May I get you another Diet Coke, Mrs. Couric?'”

Molner will become a stepdad to Couric’s two daughters with Monahan, Ellie, 21, and Carrie, 17.

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Paula Schwartz
Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411, More and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.

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