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Katie Couric's Most Noteworthy Moments of 2011

Originally posted 12/15/2011 08:00AM

Katie Couric says that 2011 was a year of "revolutions, disillusionment, disappointment, frustration, despair, courage and hope."

Couric will host the ABC two-hour special "The Year," in collaboration with PEOPLE, airing on Dec. 15 at 9 p.m.

But first, she looked back on the year with PEOPLE.

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Katie Couric & Brooks Perlin Split After Five Years | Brooks Perlin, Katie Couric

UpdatePosted 12/13/2011 01:00PM

Katie Couric & Brooks Perlin Split

Originally posted 12/13/2011 10:35AM

Katie Couric and her boyfriend, entrepreneur Brooks Perlin, have called it quits after five years together, a rep for Couric confirms to PEOPLE.

The couple were "at different stages in their careers," says a friend of Couric's, who adds, "the split was inevitable."

Couric, 54, and Perlin, 37, met at a 2006 fundraising event for cancer research. Couric's husband, Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer in 1998, at age 42.

After her breakup, Couric, who hosts ABC's The Year, a two-hour special collaboration with PEOPLE that airs Dec. 15 and looks back at the newsmakers of 2011, is "full of energy and just as active and engaged as always," says the friend.

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