Katie Couric Talks Engagement, Finding Love Again: "I Made It a Priority"

TV journalist tells People how fiancé John Molner proposed over Labor Day weekend

By Rebecca Macatee Sep 04, 2013 1:28 PMTags
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Katie Couric couldn't be happier about her engagement to John Molner, but when her financier beau popped the question in East Hampton, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend, she didn't quite get what was going on.

"He said that there was a reason he'd brought me there to the beach, and that he loved me and was committed to me, and I said, 'Yeah, I know that, you didn't have to bring me here to tell me that,'" the 56-year-old bride-to-be and Katie host says in People's Sept. 16 issue.

"Finally he said, 'Couric, I'm trying to propose to you,'" she says, "and I was stunned."

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Even with Molner, 50, down on one knee, Couric says it still "took me a while to say yes, because I was so confused!"

The mom of two did, of course, say yes, but it has taken her some time to find true love again since her husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998.

She was romantically linked to TV producer Tom Werner and financier Brooks Perlin following Monahan's death, but Molner is the first man who's made her want to walk down the aisle a second time. "I knew that I wanted this," she says of finding a husband. "I made it a priority, and I pursued it with some purpose."

Looks like that technique worked out pretty well!