Gotham magazine shared a sneak preview of its November issue with Examiner, which includes an exclusive interview with Katie Couric. The media powerhouse graces the cover of the current issue of Gotham magazine and dishes with Sheryl Crow about fiancé John Molner, whether women can have it all and more.
A beautiful image of Katie Couric wearing a gold dress is featured on the November cover of Gotham magazine. Her long-time friend, Sheryl Crow, interviews Katie about everything from her recent engagement to the NYC mayor. Katie said she and John Molner had been talking casually about the possibility of getting married. They had not discussed it in concrete terms but John said he was open to it. Katie did not want to push it in that direction if that wasn't where John was headed. It seems it is what he wanted because she is now wearing an engagement ring.
In a Gotham exclusive, Katie states about her engagement ring, “John had been looking for a ring, and he ended up at a store called Stephen Russell. They showed him a dozen rings; he picked one right away and said that's Katie's ring. What he didn't know was that a number of years ago I had said to Stephen, 'If I every remarry, make sure whoever comes here gets me that ring.' It was the ring John picked out!” Katie always preferred to get remarried but was also open to being in a Goldie Hawn/Kurt Russell situation. She respects the institution of marriage and felt it was old-fashioned that John proposed. She had no idea and felt it was nice for someone else to take control in a world where we plan everything.
Katie also dished at length about whether women can have it all. She indicated everyone's life takes different turns and twists. She worries about this one-size-fits all philosophy. She said, “I agree in that in order to get more women in the upper echelons of corporate America, government, or media, it's important they focus on their careers in their 20s. The higher up you are the more indispensable you become and the more flexibility you'll be given.” However, she also thinks everyone forges their own path. She feels you can also have children and be very successful as there are so many roads to get to where you want to be.
According to Katie, it is hard because women shoulder the child bearing and rearing. She thinks it is getting better and becoming more of a partnership but she still has male friends who say they are babysitting their kids. She tells them it is not babysitting, it is parenting. Katie indicated they should not expect an award or applause for taking care of their kids.
Another difficult mission for many successful women in Manhattan is finding a good partner. Katie said it takes almost as much focus and commitment as a career. Katie found it is a number game and you have to cycle through the system. She asked people she thought had similar values to please introduce her to somebody.
From being the first female on the evening news to starting a talk show, Katie has made bold career choices. She communicated, “I love a challenge, I like to get out of my comfort zone, and sometimes I leap before I look because I think you have to try to set yourself up for success as much as you can.” One of her proudest achievements in her career was helping to bring the “Today” show to number one and keeping it there. She was very involved behind the scenes to ensure the show had intelligence and a sense of fun.
Katie also commented on New York City post-Bloomberg. She stated, “The next mayor needs to recognize that this is a huge melting pot of ethnicities and socioeconomic levels and create opportunities for everyone.” To find out more about Katie Couric, visit Gotham magazine online or pick up a copy available on newsstands starting today.