Everyone loves Katie Couric. Right? Okay, maybe not everyone, but you totally should. Hearing her this week on Marc Maron’s podcast, WTF, reminded me that she is super smart, funny, self-deprecating, earnest about the right stuff, and joke-y when the moment calls for it. So let’s take some time now to recall a few very good reasons for loving Katie.
1. She’s a fighter. Couric’s husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 2012, at the age of 42. As she told Maron this week, Kouric was understandably devastated by her husband’s death. But she has since taken those rather unfortunate lemons and helped make sweet lemonade by helping found the cancer-battling fundraising organization Stand Up To Cancer.
2. She saved us. Never forget, people. Never forget.
3. Her Twitter bio is: “Likes: Coffee everything, Ellie, Carrie, JPMs, NYC, the beach, burrata & bacon. Dislikes: You know who you are.” Bacon. We all know about bacon and its many wonders. But do you know about burrata? It’s really good. Katie knows. Check it out. Burrata.
4. She has your back. It’s impossible for us to know for sure, but after listening to Couric speak with Maron for over an hour, the impression one gets is that she is an intensely loyal person (she wouldn’t even talk that much shit when the subject turned to her difficult spin at the CBS Evening News desk), who, once she is on your side, will never leave it. That surely brings great comfort to all her friends, and also to groups and movements who could use her star power to help shift policy on important issues.
5. She’s a secret rebel. Kouric told Maron that she sometimes bristles when dealing with authority figures—including a high-school cheerleading coach who gave her a hard time—and at one point in their conversation even seemed to be praising weed smoking as a way to loosen up. It’s unlikely she’s the world’s hardest partyer, but if we had to put money on it, I’d guess Katie would be a totally fun dinner party guest. Unlike some people.