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‘Today’ Anchors Throw Savannah Guthrie a Baby Shower

Savannah Guthrie‘s “Today” show colleagues — Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales — threw the expecting mom a baby shower last week at The Glass Houses in Chelsea. Although Morales didn’t attend because she was in Brazil covering the World Cup, Guthrie was feted by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, Cynthia McFadden, Contessa Brewer, Dylan Dreyer and Erica Hill, as well as CBS’ Gayle King, ABC’s Amy Robach and Deborah Roberts, and CNN’s Kate Bolduan, who is also expecting

“I have never felt in my life so much genuine joy,” Guthrie said in a speech with her husband, Mike Feldman. “Because when you say that you’re happy for us and you give us a hug or you rub the belly, I know you really mean it.” Watch:

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41 Celebrates 90 By Skydiving in Maine

“Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager announced live from Maine that her grandfather George H.W. Bush will skydive this morning as a way to celebrate his 90th birthday. Today’s skydive will be a tandem jump with Sgt. First Class Mike Elliott, who has jumped with Pres. Bush in the past, and is one of the “41 on 41″ featured in Sunday’s CNN documentary on the former president. Weather permitting, the helicopter is scheduled to depart from Walker’s Point at 10:45amET.

After Losing Her Suitcase, Savannah Guthrie Secures a New Outfit in 16 Minutes

Savannah Guthrie ran into a small snafu on her way to the “Make a Difference Day” awards lunch this week: due to a lost suitcase, she arrived in D.C. without her clothes for the event. So what’s a “Today” show anchor to do?

“I went with Megan, one of our employees here at NBC, and Jenna Bush Hager. We fanned out across the department store. Jenna went to the shoe department, Megan and I went to the dresses. You were timing us — thanks for the extra pressure,” Guthrie said to Matt Lauer on “Today” afterwards. “Bought a dress, got the shoes, got in the car, 16 minutes. And we made it on time to the event.” Watch:

Should ‘Today’ Have Called George W. Bush Interview Exclusive?

jenna and george bushThis morning on “Today,” Jenna Bush Hager interviewed her father, former President George W. Bush, about an exhibition of his portraits of world leaders that opens tomorrow at the Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. Although the “Today” show was careful to disclose the relationship between the two, the interview was billed as “exclusive” — a word that has an increasingly nebulous meaning in television news today.

“Contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager — notice one of the names there — got an an exclusive first look. Good get, Jenna!” Matt Lauer quipped while introducing the segment on “Today” this morning.

It’s certainly not the first time a television news personality has interviewed someone related — last year, CNN’s Chris Cuomo was criticized for interviewing his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on “New Day.”

We want to know what you think: should the “Today” show have called the Bush interview “exclusive?” Let us know in the comments.

Former First Daughter Chats With Current First Lady About Body Image

“Today” show corespondent Jenna Bush Hager has been traveling with first lady Michelle Obama this week, part of the fourth anniversary of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and the “Today” show’s Love Your Selfie campaign.

“You’re raising two teenage girls in the spotlight, I speak from experience, not always easy,” said Bush Hager, the daughter and granddaughter of former presidents Bush.

Bush Hager asked Mrs. Obama about how she talks to her daughters about body image and self-confidence. “We talk about health. We talk about what’s on the inside,” she says. WATCH:

After Sochi, ‘Today’ Looks to Keep Up Olympic Momentum

today in sochiWith the Olympics coming to a close, the “Today” show crew is headed back to New York. Before they left Sochi, the anchors looked back at their favorite moments from the games, including the USA vs. Russia men’s hockey game that ended in an overtime shootout and Matt Lauer and Al Roker‘s attempt at the double luge.

This week, the show is looking to keep the momentum going: “Today” has interviews slated with several Olympic athletes, including gold-medal figure skating pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who will perform on the ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza. “Today” will also debut an enhanced fan experience on the Plaza, letting visitors register ahead of time when they plan to come to the show.

The show will also launch “Love Your Selfie,” a series of reports on body image. As part of the reports, the show will collect selfies and post them on the “Today” website, and the anchors will examine their own body image insecurities. The series will kick off with Jenna Bush Hager interviewing Michelle Obama.

Morning Shows Wear Red For Women’s Heart Health

Anchors and correspondents across the morning shows wore red on the air today for National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women’s heart health.

Among those participating: ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott; NBC’s Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager; CBS’ Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell; Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Nauert and Maria Molina; CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo; CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sara Eisen; Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy of “The View” and Kelly Ripa of “Live.”

‘Today’s’ Jenna Bush Hager Has a Girl, Despite Many Who Thought She’d Have a Boy

The birth of the first grandchild of former Pres. George W. Bush and Laura Bush was news on the morning shows today, but perhaps more so on NBC’s “Today.” Jenna Bush Hager, who has been a special correspondent with the show since 2009, gave birth to daughter Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager in New York City Saturday night. Bush Hager and her husband Henry Hager named their daughter after their mothers.

Bush Hager was on “Today” just last Thursday with a story on baby gender superstitions, and trying to determine if her baby would be a boy or a girl. A psychic, a “crystal healer” and a clairvoyant and Natalie Morales all thought she would be having a boy. Al Roker predicted girl. And that’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

Jenna Bush Hager ‘One of the Few Bright Spots’ on ‘Today’ Show

“Today” show special correspondent and former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager is profiled in the New York Times this weekend. Christine Haughney writes Bush Hager “has emerged as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise difficult year for ‘Today.’” Bush Hager, who is 9 months pregnant, (Update: Bush Hager gave birth to a baby girl, Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager, Saturday night in New York City) is also an editor at large for Southern Living Magazine, making the former school teacher a bona fide member of the media. “I like exactly what I’m doing now. I like telling people’s stories,” says Bush Hager. Haughney also talks with Henry Schafer of Marketing Evaluations, the company that comes up with Q scores. He says Bush Hager could attract younger viewers who have moved to “Good Morning Morning.”

“You’re bringing in somebody with high recognition who hopefully is going to appeal to younger viewers,” Mr. Schafer said. “You need to create both a personality connection and a content connection to be successful. That’s what ‘Good Morning America’ has been successful at.”

(Photo: Chris Keane for The New York Times)

Synergy! NBC News Uses Editorial To Promote NBC Sitcom

Early this week we noted that the new NBC political sitcom “1600 Penn” would feature a number of NBC News personalities as guest stars. Well, it seems the promotion runs both ways, as NBC has now promoted the sitcom on “Rock Center,” “Today” and “Meet the Press.”

On “Rock Center” and “Today,” former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager interviewed Josh Gad, the actor who plays the First Son in “1600 Penn.”

Meanwhile, the “Meet the Press” webcast “Press pass” featured David Gregory interviewing Bill Pullman, who plays the President in the sitcom.

In the Los Angeles Times, Joe Flint takes on the practice of aggressive cross-promotion.

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