Entertainment TV ABC News' Jennifer Ashton Is Engaged to Tom Werner "From the moment they met they were soulmates," a close friend of the couple tells PEOPLE By Emily Strohm Published on January 3, 2022 03:47 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jennifer Ashton and Tom Werner Jennifer Ashton got a happy surprise on New Year's Eve — a proposal! The ABC News chief medical correspondent and doctor, 52, is engaged to television producer and businessman Tom Werner, 71. The couple has been dating for a year. "From the moment they met they were soulmates," a close friend of the couple tells PEOPLE. Ashton and Werner were first introduced in 2021 by a mutual friend and hit it off immediately. On Dec. 31, the pair were waiting to hail a cab on their way to dinner at The Fulton by Jean-Georges, where they had their first date, when Werner suddenly popped the question. "I said yes!" Ashton shared on Instagram Jan. 3 along with a photo of the happy couple. The physician, author and TV correspondent is a mother to her two children, son Alex and daughter Chloe, whom she shared with late ex-husband Robert C. Ashton. Werner is a father to three adult children from a previous marriage. As for wedding plans, the newly engaged pair hope to make their union official with a small, intimate ceremony later this year. They are aware the COVID-19 pandemic may alter their plans. For now, they are monitoring the pandemic and its implications on social gatherings. For Ashton and Werner, the most important thing to both of them is simply being together. "Even if it was just the two of them it wouldn't matter," says the close friend. "They are so in love."