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NBC’s Today show co-anchor and chief legal reporter are two significant positions Guthrie has attained because of her remarkable career.
Guthrie has a difficult task ahead of her, given the Today show’s high stakes and long-standing monopoly on Nielsen ratings. The battle is particularly fierce because ABC’s Good Morning America is a strong rival to the program.
Guthrie steps in for Ann Curry, who served as co-anchor for a year before being replaced by Katie Couric in 1991, and her situation is similar to Couric’s in that year.
Early Career Of Savannah Guthrie
Savannah Guthrie began her media career in 1993 and is the weekend anchor for KMIZ, the ABC affiliate in the Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri, DMA. Seeing Guthrie ascend so quickly in the local television hierarchy was impressive.
After beginning her career in Missouri, Guthrie relocated to KVOA, the NBC affiliate in Tucson, Arizona, within two years. From there, she went to NBC O&O WRC in Washington, DC. In just seven years, her impressive advancement in the television business brought her to the nation’s capital, where she reported on the September 11, 2001, terrorist strikes on the Pentagon.
Savannah Guthrie’s swift ascent to stardom rapidly attracted national attention. She used her law education in 2002 in two separate roles: as an attorney and at Court TV. The Michael Jac son child abuse trial was one of the high-profile cases Guthrie covered.
Guthrie joined NBC News in 2007, working as the White House correspondent for the well-known NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, where she got a lot of fame. She covered significant occasions like the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011 and Sarah Palin’s presidential campaign in 2008.
Also, Guthrie acquired useful experience working as a network anchor on Today’s third hour and MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown. Guthrie was in a great position to step up and take over the post of co-anchor of Today when NBC management decided to replace Ann Curry in 2012.
Who Is Savannah Guthrie?
Born in Australia in 1971, Savannah Guthrie grew up in Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a journalism degree before attending Georgetown Law in 2002 to receive a law degree.
Guthrie ceased acting as Today’s third-hour co-host and chief legal expert in 2012 when she took on the job of co-anchor.
When Did Savannah Guthrie Become An Anchor For ‘Today’?
Savannah Guthrie joined NBC News in 2007, and the following year she was named the network’s White House reporter. She held that post for two and a half years while also serving as the co-host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown.
In 2011, Guthrie joined Today as a co-host for the morning show’s third hour. The next year, she took Ann Curry’s spot as Matt Lauer’s co-anchor. Guthrie and Hoda Kotb made history by co-anchoring Today for the first time after Lauer was fired in 2018.
Together with Kotb, Guthrie co-hosts the recap show Today in 30 and hosts the online interview series Today’s Six Minute Marathon.
The co-anchors have experienced both highs and lows since joining Kotb on Today. There have been allegations that they merely put on a show of unity for the cameras and their followers.
Guthrie earns an annual salary of $8 million from NBC for her work on “Today” and other NBC-related projects.
In 2012, Michael Feldman paid $3.5 million for a condo in the Nyc Tribeca district two years before marrying Savannah. The house was put up for sale by the pair in 2017 with a $5.995 million asking price. Ultimately, they turned down all offers and still possess this property today.
Savannah and Michael purchased a new Tribeca apartment for $7.114 million in June 2017. They put this second home on the market in January 2023 for $7.1 million.
Savannah and Michael purchased a 7,000-square-foot property on 20 acres in the Catskills of New York for $2.7 million in 2014, only a few months after getting married.
Why Did Savannah Guthrie Leave the ‘Today’ Show?
During Tuesday’s broadcast, the anchor unexpectedly left early, and it was later reported on air by Sheinelle Jones that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
Jones mentioned that Savannah wasn’t feeling great, took a COVID test which came back positive, and then went home to rest.
The day before Savannah’s absence, Hoda Kotb was also missing from the show without any public statement on why she was off air.