Katie Couric showed off her new engagement ring during Wednesday evening’s U.S. Open matches with new fiance John Molner. Couric smiled in the stands with her boyfriend of two years as she wore the cushion-cut solitaire diamond.
The 56-year-old talk show host and veteran journalist, who was widowed in 1998 after her husband died of colon cancer, officially announced her engagement with an exclusive interview in this week’s issue of People magazine.
In the interview, she described her new bling as a “spectacular diamond ring.” She also expressed that she was surprised it took 15 years to meet a “keeper,” but added that “things happen when they’re supposed to.” She also said that it “shows people that it’s never too late, not if you put yourself out there,” the mother-of-two continued.
Molner, head of mergers and acquisitions at investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman, popped the question over Labor Day weekend at a beach in East Hampton, New York.
Couric said she was “stunned” by the proposal and had “no clue” it was on the cards.
She says their nuptials are likely to take place after her youngest daughter Carrie, 17, leaves for college.
Couric told People in 2011 that she always imagined herself as a “modern-day” version of the twice married TV character, Carol Brady.
Speaking about dating following the death of her first husband, Jay Monahan, she said: “I thought, it’s important for me to go out. I’m always excited to meet new people and have a social life.”
“I think dating is fun actually. I enjoy that part of my life,” she added.
However, after several failed relationships she worried she would never find another life partner.
“I had a series of relationships … but they didn’t seem right for the long haul,” she said.
However, in early 2012 she met 50-year-old Molner through mutual friends and they soon hit it off.
They first went public with their relationship in April 2012 and Couric said later that year, “He’s great. He’s from Chicago. I love Midwesterners!”