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Savannah Gets the Slot

Savannah Guthrie has officially been named co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today.” She replaces Ann Curry, who left in an awkwardly sad goodbye but will remain with the network with, in her words, a “fancy new title.” Word arrived today via NBC News President Steve Capus and is effective immediately. The new “Today” family will consist of Matt Lauer, Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales officially debuts Monday, July 9.

The memos…

Statement from Capus: “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.”

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