Savannah Guthrie has been named the co-anchor of “Today,” it was finally confirmed by NBC News on Friday.
The news comes just a little more than 24 hours after Ann Curry revealed she was officially exiting the post.
The new “Today” show anchor team – Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales — make their official debut as the new team on July 9.
“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,” Jim Bell, “Today’s” Executive Producer, said in a statement. “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.”
Guthrie, who grew up in Arizona, joined “Today” in 2011 as a co-host of the third hour and chief legal correspondent.