Award-Winning Journalist Katie Couric is 2014 Commencement Speaker

Couric is Host of Daytime Talk Show, Cancer Research Advocate and Yahoo News Global Anchor

HARTFORD, CT, April 11, 2014 – Katie Couric, the host of Katie, a daily syndicated daytime talk show, and Yahoo News global anchor will be the featured speaker at Trinity’s 188th Commencement on Sunday, May 18. An award-winning journalist and TV personality, Couric is also a devoted cancer research advocate, documentary film producer and author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.

In November 2013, Couric joined Yahoo as its first-ever global anchor. There, she is helping to develop Yahoo News’s coverage, reporting on world events and anchoring interviews with major newsmakers. Additionally, she is executive producer and narrator of Fed Up, a documentary about the spread of childhood obesity, which will be released later this spring.

Couric served as a special correspondent for ABC News, contributing to ABC World News, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, This Week, and primetime news programs from August 2011 to December 2013.

Her steady rise in television news occurred over a 15-year span as she co-anchored NBC News’s Today (1991-2006) and became the first solo female anchor of a national nightly news broadcast as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (2006-2011). At CBS News, Couric also contributed segments to 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning and primetime specials.

While at CBS, Couric developed several online content initiatives, including @KatieCouric, an original weekly Web show featuring interviews with newsmakers, authors and popular culture figures. She also expanded CBS News’s primetime 2008 election-year coverage by creating and anchoring post-primetime Webcasts from the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Over the past two decades, Couric has covered many of the most important news stories around the world, including the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Columbine High School shooting, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the shooting in Tucson that wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.

Couric’s interviewing and reporting skills have won her many notable awards, among them the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast in 2008 and 2009; the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism’s Walter Cronkite Award for Special Achievement in 2009; and the University of South Dakota and Freedom Forum’s Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media, also in 2009.

A year later, Couric won an Alfred I. DuPont Award for her interview with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric was awarded a second DuPont for a series she conceived on the impact of the recession on children in America. And she received an Emmy for her profile of Captain Chesley Sullenberger, entitled “Saving Flight 1549.”

In addition to her TV career, Couric authored The New York Times bestseller, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives.

A tireless advocate for cancer research and awareness, Couric is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), an organization that has raised nearly $200 million to accelerate research and get new therapies to patients more quickly.

After losing her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, Couric became a leader in the fight against the country’s second-leading cancer killer. In March 2000, she launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and cancer activist Lilly Tartikoff to fund research in colorectal cancer and generate awareness about the value of screenings.

Couric’s TV series on colon cancer received the George Foster Peabody Award and led to a 2001 RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence for NBC News.

She also co-founded The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. The Center, which opened in March 2004, provides a comprehensive multi-disciplinary program, stressing education and prevention in addition to diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.

Born in Arlington, VA, Couric graduated with honors in 1979 from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and a focus on American studies.