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Principal Speaker- 2023



Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist who anchored NBC’s Today Show, was the first woman to solo anchor the CBS Evening News and more recently founded Katie Couric Media. Her 2021 memoir, Going There, was a New York Times No. 1 best-seller. In 2008, Couric co-founded Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), which has since raised more than $746 million to advance innovative, promising and collaborative cancer research. SU2C-supported research has contributed to nine new FDA-approved treatments. Her influential public advocacy for cancer screening, care and research began, however, in the late 1990s after her husband Jay Monahan died of colon cancer at the age of 42, followed three years later by her sister’s death due to pancreatic cancer. In 2000 Couric famously underwent a colonoscopy on TV, which inspired so many Americans to schedule screenings that doctors dubbed it “the Couric effect.” In September she revealed that she was in treatment after being diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.