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News Notes: Couric Engaged, New Premiere Date for "Crossfire"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 3, 2013

From ABC News: Katie Couric will be wearing an extra piece of jewelry when she returns for the second season of her talk show, "Katie," next week.

The ABC News special correspondent, 56, became engaged Labor Day weekend to John Molner, 50, her boyfriend of nearly two years.

Molner proposed to Couric, a widow since her husband, Jay Monahan, died from colon cancer in 1998, at sunset on the beach in East Hampton, N.Y., according to People magazine.

They share a common bond with roots in the Midwest. Molner, the head of mergers and acquisitions at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., is based in Chicago, the same city where Couric's parents met.

"It's always had a special place in my heart," Couric told USA Today in May of Chicago. "I love Midwesterners."

Couric and Molner made a high-profile public debut in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala and were spotted sitting courtside at a New York Knicks game that same month.

"We're having a great time. He's really funny and very successful in his own right. In a different line of work. A little more age appropriate," Couric told USA Today, alluding to her previous boyfriend entrepreneur Brooks Perlin, 17 years younger.

Couric also told the paper her mom "really likes" Molner.

"I encouraged him to be very Eddie Haskell around her," she said. "So he's always saying, 'May I get you another Diet Coke, Mrs. Couric?'"

Molner will become a stepdad to Couric's two daughters with Monahan, Ellie, 21, and Carrie, 17.

From CNN:

CNN today confirmed it will accelerate the launch plans for two of its new fall programs, CROSSFIREand AC360° Later. In light of rapidly changing events impacting the American response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis, launches for both new shows have been moved forward to premiere on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, on CNN/U.S.

CROSSFIRE, the 30-minute topical debate program, will air Mondays through Fridays at 6:30pm, with encores at 2:00am on CNN/U.S. CROSSFIRE will also air each weeknight on CNN International at 11:30pm. Episodes of AC360° Later, the60-minute panel discussion program hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will focus on a range of news and pop culture topics with informed guests and correspondents, and will air Mondays through Thursdays on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 10:00pm. All times Eastern.

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