Award-winning journalist and TV personality, Katie Couric, delivered a motivational
keynote address to 255 Randolph-Macon College graduates, their families, alumni,
faculty and staff during the 2013 Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, June 1
at the Frank E. Brown Campus Fountain Plaza.
Katie Couric is host of Katie, a daily syndicated daytime talk show, and
a special correspondent for ABC News contributing stories for ABC World News, Nightline,
20/20, Good Morning America, This Week and primetime
news specials. In 2006, she became the first solo female anchor of national nightly
news broadcast when she signed on as anchor and managing editor of CBS CBS Evening
News with Katie Couric. Prior to CBS News, Couric served for an unprecedented
15 years as co-anchor of NBC News' Today. She has covered the most important
news stories around the world during her career and received numerous awards for
her interviewing and reporting skills, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for
Best Newscast and the Walter Cronkite Award for Special Achievement.
After losing her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, Couric became a
public leader in the fight against the country's second largest cancer killer. Her
advocacy has led to the creation of the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance,
which she co-founded with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and cancer activist
Lilly Tartikoff. She is also a co-founder of The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal
Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In addition,
she has helped raise nearly $200 million as a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer,
an organization provides funds to accelerate research that can get new therapies
to patients quickly.
An Arlington, Virginia native, Couric graduated, with honors, from the University
of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in English and a focus on American Studies.
She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Best Advice I Ever
Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives (Random House, 2011) and the co-author
of two children's books.