Savannah Guthrie Named 'Today' Co-Anchor

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June 29th, 2012

via press release:

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE NAMED "TODAY" CO-ANCHOR

NEW YORK - June 29, 2012 - Savannah Guthrie has been named co-anchor of NBC News' "Today." The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus and is effective immediately. The new "Today" anchor team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales officially debuts Monday, July 9.

 

Statement from Steve Capus, NBC News President: "In just a few short years Savannah, has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player. She's anchored for Brian on "NBC Nightly News," moderated for David on "Meet the Press," co-hosted the 9 a.m. hour of "Today," reported for "Rock Center" and "Dateline," and provided legal insights in our Supreme Court Special Reports - and that was all within the last week! She's got an undeniable range, and she's earned the trust of the news community, her colleagues and our viewers alike. I couldn't be happier for Savannah and the entire 'Today' team."

 

Statement from Jim Bell, "Today" Executive Producer: "As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout, reporting for every franchise in the news division and rising through the ranks. She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm. She can effortlessly go from interviewing the Secretary of State to jumping Olympic-sized hurdles on the Plaza. I'm thrilled to welcome Savannah as our newest co-anchor, and along with Matt, Al and Natalie, we've got the best morning team in the business."

 

Savannah Guthrie will continue her role as NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent.

 

Guthrie joined "Today" in June 2011 as co-host of the third hour and chief legal correspondent. Prior to joining "Today," Guthrie served as NBC News White House Correspondent from December 2008 to June 2011 where she contributed to all NBC News properties, including "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today" and msnbc. Guthrie also served as co-host of msnbc's "The Daily Rundown" from January 2010 to June 2011.

 

Since joining "Today," Guthrie has conducted several news-making interviews for the program. In October 2011, Guthrie spent a day in the life with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. In the exclusive interview, Clinton opened up to Guthrie about life in the spotlight over the last twenty years. In April 2011, Guthrie sat down with Donald Trump in a timely interview in which the billionaire discussed his comments regarding President Obama's birth certificate, raising the debt ceiling, and his shot at the presidential race. In November 2011, Guthrie interviewed Dr. Conrad Murray who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death trial of Michael Jackson. The interview, conducted before the verdict was rendered, made headlines and revealed many unknown details of the night Jackson died. Guthrie has also conducted multiple celebrity interviews while at "Today" including an exclusive sit down with Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.

 

As NBC News White House Correspondent, Guthrie covered the 2008 presidential elections and travelled with Sarah Palin's campaign. In May 2011, during one of the biggest news stories in recent times, Guthrie reported exclusive details of the events surrounding details of Osama Bin Laden's death.

 

Prior to joining NBC News in September 2007, Guthrie serves as legal affairs correspondent and national trial correspondent for "Court TV." While there, she covered Congress, the Supreme Court, and high-profile court proceedings including the Zacarias Moussaoui trial, the Scooter Libby case, the Samuel Alito confirmation hearings, the Michael Jackson child molestation case. Guthrie joined "Court TV" from the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld where she practiced law, with an emphasis in white-collar litigation, from 2002-2003.

 

Guthrie anchored, reported and produced at local affiliates across the country including WRC in Washington, D.C., KVOA in Tucson, Ariz., and KMIZ in Columbia, Mo. She has been honored with two Emmys and a Gracie Allen Award.

 

In 2002, Guthrie received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated magna cum laude. She was a member of Order of the Coif and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers' Student Advocacy Award for her work with victims of domestic violence. She graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1993. She received the top score on the Arizona Bar Exam in 2002.

 

 

 
  • Matt

    Its Savannah Guthrie, not samantha

  • Sam

    Despite her credentials making her an appropriate choice to co-anchor the main two hours of Today, Savannah will likely be another victim a la Deborah Norville. What a shame.

    And, I don’t really see her having that magic chemistry with Matt Lauer either.

  • Karen

    She is an MSNBC talking head. She was a liberal opinionista, and now they are saying she will deliver the news objectively? She is a far-left liberal who can’t form a sentence without having the appearance of needy to vomit. This is the best NBC can do? They couldn’t find a black or hispanic woman? Robin Roberts is successful with her cross appeal, and NBC goes with a looney lefty liberal.

    Where is the diversity??????

  • Karen

    needing to vomit.

  • Ryan

    @Matt

    You don’t know that, it could be her alter-ego/twin sister, Samantha, who actually got the role, and the Press Release was wrong.

    In seriousness though, I’m excited for her. I enjoyed her on Morning Joe and Daily Rundown, however I’m afraid she won’t help Today all that much. There are more thing wrong with that show than just Ann Curry, but with Matt pretty much controlling the network heads, it’s only a matter of time until the whole ship sinks.

    But good luck anyways, Savannah, I’m rooting for you, at least!

  • Karen

    Why don’t they get rid of Matt Lauer? Or is he trying to pretend to be “one of us” at $12 million per year? A man of the people!! Maybe they can prerecord Savannah Guthrie every morning, and then edit the tape to make her look like she is credible.

  • HT

    I have a feeling the whole Ann Curry debacle is the straw that will break the back of this show for the next few years. Needs a format overhaul. People do want some news, not fluff. Also, Matt seems very weak and it’s well known he was the cause of Ann’s demise. His goodbye kiss clearly made her stomach churl. Let’s hope CBS this morning get some more viewers as the hords exit Today.

  • cc

    Geez, is Anne’s seat even cold yet? Hope this is the beginning of the end for this show finally. It’s been dumbed down so much and news has become an after thought.

    Go GMA!

  • RJ

    I’m shocked!!!!! ;)

  • LORI BETH

    I thought Ann Curry seemed like such a warm, intelligent & kind person. She did not seem to fit well with Matt Lauer (not necessarily her fault, just not a good match.) I use to like Matt Lauer but during the past few years he has lost the “sparkle” in his eyes. He doesn’t seem to enjoy his position & seems awkward with his newer co-hosts. He almost seems like he is suppressing some anger. Samantha Guthrie is hard for me to watch. Everytime she comes on the show I have to change the channel. The manner in which she talks bothers me – I wish her well & am sure she is a very talented, smart lady. I think this show has become too “silly.” I like some humor but when Kathy Lee comes to visit on the Legal panel, etc. I just feel nauseous. Ann, your talents will carry you to wonderful places……I am very proud of you……..

  • LORI BETH

    OOOPS, THAT’S SAVANNAH GUTHRIE….SORRY…….

  • Chris

    @Karen: there are a whole lot of people more liberal than you. Learn to deal.

  • Chris

    PS: for a conservative, you sure seem to begrudge a guy who’s making a lot of money. It’s not like he’s Romney-rich or anything.

  • TimsDale4ever

    These people on TV constantly crack me up. Hiring someone for millions of dollars a year to be on TV who actually wants to do this — yea, that’s a HARD find. They act like they had to search the world over, including Mars, to finally come up with someone, anyone. lmao…

  • TimsDale4ever

    I could never watch this show because of that Lauer a$$wipe.

  • Sam

    Vomit!

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Karen: >>> …Or is he trying to pretend to be “one of us” at $12 million per year? <<<

    Hate to break the news to you, Karen. But, Lauer is now making $25 million a year. One of the stipulations in his new contract was a new co-anchor. Matt pushed Ann out the door.

  • penelope

    today is not a family they have really gone to far in the despicable way they hurt ann shes not the problem but was the scapegoat, cant stand savannah or matt today will never be watched in my house again , boycott the today show and tune into something else hope the ratings plumet to the bottom .

  • Joseph

    The real competition for network morning shows is not rival network morning shows, but local morning news shows (usually, but not always) broadcast on Fox-owned or affiliate stations.

    Read a local ratings book in several major markets and you’ll find that between 7 and 9 A.M. on weekdays that the most popular show isn’t “Today” or “Good Morning America”, but a local morning news/information show.

  • AppleStinx

    Savannah Guthrie seems to have all the ingredients that made Katie Couric such a success: a winning smile etched on the viewers’ memories,

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