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Brooks Perlin, left, and Katie Couric arrive for the Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala at Lincoln Center sponsored by Manhattan Jaguar on Sept. 26, 2011 in New York. - Provided courtesy of AP / Starpix, Marion Curtis

Katie Couric splits from longtime boyfriend Brooks Perlin

12/13/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Katie Couric appears to be a single woman once more.

The television journalist, 54, and her longtime boyfriend Brooks Perlin, 37, have called it quits after five years, a spokesperson for Couric confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com on December 13.

The two met in 2006 at a fundraising event for cancer research. A source close to Couric told OnTheRedCarpet.com the couple "have different priorities and she felt it was time to move on."

Couric was previously married to Jay Monhahan. The two wed in 1989 and had two children together. Monahan died of colon cancer in 1998 at 42. Couric then became an advocate of colon cancer awareness and famously had a colonoscopy on-air in 2000.

Couric recently struck a deal with ABC for a syndicated talk show, which is set to air in September 2012 on weekdays at 3 p.m. on the company's television stations, including KABC Television, which owns OnTheRedCarpet.com.

"I think if you put on a quality show and you discuss things that people want to talk about and you make it compelling and accessible and relatable, I think, I hope if you build it, they will come, like they say in 'Fields of Dreams,'" Couric, 54, told OnTheRedCarpet.com special correspondent George Pennacchio of KABC Television in an exclusive video interview.

Couric began her television news career as a news assistant at ABC News in Washington, D.C. in 1979.

Couric later went on to work for CNN and for NBC, later landing the job of co-host of the network's national daytime series the "Today" show in 1991. She left the program in 2006 and was made the new anchor of CBS' "Evening News," becoming the first woman to anchor a network television evening newscast by herself. She left her post on May 19.

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