NBC names Savannah Guthrie 'Today' co-host

11:57 AM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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Savannah Guthrie(Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for TIME)

By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

UPDATE 1:15 p.m. ET: NBC has made it official. Savannah Guthrie is the new Today co-anchor.

In a release, NBC said the new Today anchor team of Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will officially debut on July 9.
There she was, sitting right next to Matt Lauer.

Savannah Guthrie sat in Ann Curry's old co-anchor seat in Studio 1A this morning on Today.

But again, there was no announcement at the top of the show. Instead Guthrie chatted and laughed and reported the news, ignoring the fact that she was the elephant in the room.

So, what's Savannah's story?

Guthrie, 40, was born in Melbourne, Australia.

Her family moved to Arizona two years later where she graduated from Tucson's Amphitheater High School. She went on to get a degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and began working in local news before deciding to become a lawyer.

She graduated from Georgetown's law school and practiced briefly before opting for a job as an analyst for Court TV. In 2007, she joined NBC, and served as White House correspondent before moving to Today. Last year, she became a co-host on Today's third hour alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker. In that role, she has been a substitute news anchor and main co-host, and has been the chief legal analyst across all NBC platforms.

As for her personal life? Guthrie married Al-Jazeera producer Mark Orchard in 2005, but The Washington Post reported their split in 2009. She was later linked to political consultant Michael Feldman, a former aide to Al Gore.

A Today.com story last year described her as "fiercely intelligent and lovably funny." In an interview with the site, she answered viewer questions. Among them: No, she was not named after the town of Savannah, where she has never visited, but instead was named after her grandmother.

On her bucket list: To play guitar and sing with Shawn Colvin and Patti Smith.

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