Savannah Guthrie named co-anchor of NBC's "Today"



NEW YORK – June 28, 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.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:39 PM
    I can't believe anyone would politicize this. Today, Andy Griffith died. What's your take on that? Did he die so he wouldn't have to face Obamacare? Come on!
  • by anon on Jul 1, 2012 at 08:27 PM
    Who cares? Don't you think she makes too much money? I would think all of you libs would agree.
  • by mike Location: gilman. on Jun 30, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    what a joke.!! ive been watching nbc news forever and the only reason that i think savanna replaced ann is that shes younger and might be more appealing to the younger males that watch the show. in my opinion ann was absolutley stunning and easily one of the best news people in the business and it deeply saddens me to NOT see her on the show every day. im absolutley NOT taking anything away from savanna as i think she is also one of the best in the business but i think that ann was treated horrably and savanna was bumped up to anns spot for cosmetic reasons. i know that ann recieved a ten million dollar bonus for this change but that doesnt make it right to do what nbc did to her. she earned her spot and nbc treated her like dirt for all her hard work. god bless you Ann and congradulations savanna.
  • by My2Cents on Jun 30, 2012 at 05:45 AM
    I can't stand to watch the Today Show. It used to report the news. Now news to them is the latest on Charlie Sheen, Linsay Lohan the Royal Family. The day after the Walker recall vote, nearly all the news programs opened with the big story from WI. The Today Show opened with more news of the royal family. I suppose they don't want to discuss things that make the democrats look bad.
  • by Sunny on Jun 29, 2012 at 02:37 PM
    Why not get rid of Matt Lauer?
  • by Ann Location: Portland on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    Thank heavens for the new line-up! I didn't care for Meredith Vieira nor Ann Curry -- Ann, too saccharine! I switched to CBS This Morning, new format, because it does news & interesting items, not fluff & entertainment! Maybe format will improve with Savannah Guthrie, a wonderful addition to TODAY! So glad Matt Lauer signed a new contract!!!
  • by Dawn Location: Eau Claire on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    I think it was very tackless of NBC to to this to Ann-especially that it was "her" fault. The show floats with all of the cast or it sinks. Why instead did they not move Matt Lauer? Do they figure that without Matt the show will fall? Don't think Savanna Gutherie will make much change either. News Flash - Most of my friends (male and femal) agree that we liked Ann better than Matt. Since Ann is not going to be on we have decided to try GMA more and see how that works out. Sorry NBC. You should have handled this matter WAY better than you did.
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      by Julie on Jun 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM in reply to Dawn
      I thought I was the only one with this opinion. Matt is stuffy, and I liked Ann.
  • by tari Location: augusta on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM
    what happened to Ann? she the greatest!
  • by Jimmy Dean on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM
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      by tari on Jun 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM in reply to Jimmy Dean
      what happened to Ann?
  • by Michelle Location: Panama City, FL on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    So very sad that this is happening. Savannah doesn't hold a candle to Ann. Savannah is boring and stiff and lacks humor (unlike your story says). You should not mess with a good thing.
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