Katie Couric Engaged to John Molner

Katie Couric and John Molner in June

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updated 09/03/2013 AT 12:30 PM ET

originally published 09/03/2013 AT 8:15 AM ET

Talk about a labor of love! Katie Couric celebrated the holiday weekend in style by getting engaged.

PEOPLE has learned that the TV host, whose talk show Katie returns for a second season on Sept. 9, ecstatically accepted a proposal from her boyfriend of nearly two years, banker John Molner, 50.

A rep for Couric confirms the engagement – Molner popped the question with a spectacular diamond ring at sunset on the beach in East Hampton, N.Y.

A widow since her husband Jay Monahan died from colon cancer in 1998, Couric, 56, has had several suitors over the past decades, but never seemed to find “The One.”

“When the girls were really little, I always imagined I would be modern-day Carol Brady,” Couric told PEOPLE in 2011 about her years raising daughters Ellie, 21, and Carrie, 17, on her own while hoping for a second trip down the aisle.

Finally, though, the star decided to stop fretting about finding a husband.


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