Katie Couric announces engagement

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(CNN) – When it came to getting married again, Katie Couric put her mind to it.

The 56-year-old journalist and TV personality, whose first husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998, tells People magazine in its September 16 issue that she made finding love again one of her top to-dos.

“I knew that I wanted this,” Couric tells the magazine of finding a spouse. “I made it a priority, and I pursued it with some purpose.”

That pursuit paid off over Labor Day weekend, when Molner whisked Couric off to the beach in East Hampton to ask for her hand. And even though Couric was looking to settle down, Molner’s proposal initially caught her off guard.

“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,'” Couric recalls. “Finally he said, ‘Couric, I’m trying to propose to you,’ and I was stunned.”

The “Katie” daytime host was so stunned at first that she couldn’t even respond.

“It took me a while to say yes, because I was so confused!” Couric says.

Once she finished processing what was going on, Couric is said to have “ecstatically” accepted. She’s been dating Molner, a 50-year-old banker, for two years.

By Breeanna Hare

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