Yes, Savannah Guthrie has a new job .?.?. guesses? .?.?. OK, guessing game is up: She was just named the new co-anchor of "Today," replacing Ann Curry who departed in a flurry of tears and hugs yesterday.
This was expected — if fact, expected for just about a year to anybody who was paying attention. Boss statements on the jump, but the new gig is official Monday. Check out our Guthrie story from yesterday for more details (if you haven't already), but she will be the first lawyer in the history of "Today” — maybe the history of network morning shows — to assume this role .?.?.
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.”