Savannah Guthrie

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Savannah Guthrie-Feldman
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Guthrie at the 2012 Time 100 gala
Born Savannah Clark Guthrie
(1971-12-27) December 27, 1971 (age 42)
Melbourne, Australia[1]
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.[2]
Citizenship American
Education University of Arizona (B.A.),
Georgetown University (J.D.)
Occupation Broadcast journalist
Employer NBC News
Known for White House Correspondent, 2008–2011
The Daily Rundown co-anchor, 2010–11
Today co-anchor, 2012–present
Chief Legal Analyst 2011–present
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade  (2012–present)
Home town Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Spouse(s) Mark Orchard (m. 2005–09)
Michael Feldman (m. 2014)
Children 1

Savannah Clark Guthrie-Feldman (born Savannah Clark Guthrie, December 27, 1971) is an American journalist and attorney, working for NBC News.

Guthrie joined NBC News in September 2007 as a legal analyst and correspondent, regularly reporting on trials throughout the country. After serving as a White House correspondent between 2008 and 2011 and as co-anchor of the MSNBC program The Daily Rundown in 2010 and 2011, Guthrie was announced as the co-host of The Today Show's third hour alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker.[1] In that role she substituted as news anchor and main co-host, and appeared as the Chief Legal Analyst across all NBC platforms.[3]

On June 29, 2012, Guthrie was named co-anchor of Today following Ann Curry's reassignment at the network. She debuted as co-anchor, alongside Matt Lauer, Morales and Roker, on July 9, 2012.

Early life[edit]

Savannah Clark Guthrie, named for her great-grandmother,[4] was born in Melbourne, Australia, where her father was stationed for work. Her family returned to the United States and moved to Tucson, Arizona two years later.[4] She graduated from Amphitheater High School in Tucson.

Guthrie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, graduating Cum laude in 1993. She was a member of the Arizona Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi.

Career[edit]

Her first job in broadcasting was at ABC affiliate KMIZ, in Columbia, Missouri, where she worked for two years before returning to Tucson and a job with NBC affiliate KVOA in 1995. After five years in Arizona, she took a job at WRC-TV, Washington, D.C. where she covered major stories including the September 11, 2001, attack on The Pentagon and the 2001 anthrax attacks.[4]

After working several years as a broadcast journalist, Guthrie chose to resume her higher education, receiving a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Arizona, having scored first place on the Arizona Bar Exam. She also 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 worked for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she served as a litigation associate, specializing in white-collar criminal defense. In 2004, she became a national trial correspondent for CourtTV. She covered high-profile legal proceedings including the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, the abduction and murder trial of Carlie Brucia, the Martha Stewart case, and the Michael Jackson trial.

Guthrie became a reporter for NBC News in September 2007. She covered Sarah Palin's 2008 vice-presidential race from Fairbanks, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Sioux City, Iowa, and Washington. On December 18, she was named White House correspondent for NBC News. In this capacity, she contributed to all NBC News properties.[1]

The Today Show[edit]

After Guthrie substituted for both Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry on Today, it was confirmed on May 9, 2011, that she would become co-host of the 9 a.m. hour, alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker, and the show's Chief Legal Editor. The move came after Vieira announced her departure from the show as co-host of the main program, and the subsequent promotions of Curry and Morales to main co-host and news anchor, respectively. Guthrie departed The Daily Rundown for Today on June 8, 2012.[5] She also became NBC News's Chief Legal Analyst, making her first appearance in this role on May 25, 2011.[3] On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Guthrie will co-anchor Today, replacing Curry. Her first day as co-anchor, alongside Matt Lauer, was on July 9, 2012.[6]

Personal life[edit]

While covering the trial of Michael Jackson, Guthrie met English-born BBC News presenter Mark Orchard. After Orchard divorced his first wife, journalist Anne Kornblut, the couple married in December 2005.[7] Guthrie and Orchard divorced in 2009, and later that year she began a relationship with Democratic political and communications consultant Michael Feldman.[4] They became engaged in May 2013 while vacationing on Turks and Caicos. They married March 15, 2014, in Tucson, Arizona, with Guthrie announcing two days later she was four months pregnant.[8] Guthrie lives in the SoHo district in Manhattan.[2][9] On August 13, 2014 Savannah gave birth to daughter Vale Guthrie Feldman in a New York City hospital. The baby weighed in at 8 lbs 5 oz and was 19.5 inches long. It is the couple's first child together.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Quinn, Katie (September 14, 2011). "Savannah answers viewer questions, reveals her bucket list". allday.today.com. 
  2. ^ a b Getlen, Larry (November 24, 2012). "Savannah Guthrie: My Downtown". NYPOST.com. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Martel, Francis (May 25, 2011). "Today Names Savannah Guthrie New Chief Legal Analyst". Mediaite.com. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Abramovitch, Seth (June 26, 2012). "Savannah Guthrie: 10 Things to Know About Ann Curry's Replacement". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ariens, Chris (June 3, 2011). "Savannah Guthrie’s Final MSNBC show simulcast on NBC". TVNewser. MediaBistro. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (June 29, 2012). "Savannah Guthrie takes 'Today' co-anchor seat". USA Today. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Roderick, Kevin (December 30, 2005). "LA Observed: Friday media mix". LA Observed. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ Eley, Amy (March 17, 2014). "Savannah Guthrie pregnant with first baby, she revealed at weekend wedding". Today. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (May 13, 2013). "Savannah Guthrie Is Engaged". People. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.today.com/parents/savannah-guthrie-gives-birth-1D79964579

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Preceded by
Ann Curry
Today co-host (with Matt Lauer)
2012–present
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