Katie Couric: The Truth Behind the Friendly Face

Very Interesting Ancestry

Katie came from a fascinating family. Her mother was Jewish, born to Jewish emigrants who had left Germany years earlier to seek a new life in the United States. Her father’s ancestry goes back to Europe with links to France, England, Scotland, and Germany.

A dated portrait of Katie at home.

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Later in life, Katie became curious about her origins and decided to trace her family tree as far back as she could. She discovered that on her father’s side she was descended from a French orphan who left France and traveled to the United States in the 1800s, later entering the cotton business.

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