Savannah Guthrie sat alongside Matt Lauer as co-anchor of “Today” on June 29, but NBC didn’t announce that she’s the official replacement for Ann Curry, who left the show on June 28, until hours after the broadcast was over. The new “Today” show team is complete: Lauer, Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will officially debut as anchor team on July 9.
NBC News President Steve Capus says in a statement, “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 [Williams] on ‘NBC Nightly News,’ moderated for David [Gregory] 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! “
It’s true — Guthrie’s got cred. Not only does she have a law degree from Georgetown, she got the highest score on the Arizona Bar Exam in 2002, and is the chief legal correspondent for NBC News. She’s anchored news broadcasts across the country and was a major player at Court TV before joining NBC News.
Most importantly, though, she’s got great chemistry with Lauer.
“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout, reporting for every franchise in the news division and rising through the ranks,” says “Today” executive producer Jim Bell. “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.”
He continues: “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.”
Do you think it’s strange that NBC didn’t make the announcement before Guthrie sat in as anchor this morning?