Remember the ‘Balloon Boy’ saga?
For most Americans, the story that captivated cable news viewers in October of 2009 has faded from memory. But not for NBC News correspondent Lee Cowan and ”Today” show associate producer Molly Palmer, both of whom covered the infamous escapade.
“That’s kind of when I think we started to really notice each other,” Palmer tells TVNewser.
The two – both Los Angeles-based - had worked together previously, but got to know one another better during days in Colorado covering the Heene family. After dating for nearly two years, the couple recently got engaged during a vacation in Kauai.
“I”m just excited,” Palmer says. “I’m just so happy. I love Lee so much, and I am just so sure that I want to be with him forever that it feels right and like an exciting next step. I’m just ready to be a family with him.”
Family is important to Palmer and Cowan, who say both sets of their parents are delighted at the news. That includes Cowan’s future father-in-law, former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor John Palmer.
“Lee and Molly are a great couple and very much in love,” John Palmer tells TVNewser. “My wife Nancy and I are thrilled for them. We are not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family and a fine one he is!”
It’s high praise from a man Cowan has long admired. “I gotta tell you,” Cowan recalls to TVNewser, “I’ve never been so nervous meeting him the first time. I mean, it’s one thing to introduce yourself to your girlfriend’s father, but it’s quite another when it’s John Palmer!”