Members of the Classes 2012 will be reminded of their Commencement ceremony every time they tune into NBC’s TODAY show.
Savannah Guthrie L.H.D. ’12, who received an honorary degree and delivered the 2012 Commencement Address at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May, has been named the co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, following the departure of Ann Curry.
Guthrie, who also serves as NBC’s chief legal analyst, is expected to transition smoothly into the new role. She has worked for NBC since 2010 and has filled in as co-host with Natalie Morales and Al Roker on several occasions. Guthrie also served as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” during which she interviewed GOP presidential hopeful and former Senator Rick Santorum.
On campus in May, Guthrie’s speech to HWS graduates emphasized dreaming big and never settling. “Even when it looks like you’ve accomplished your dream, sometimes that just means a whole new set of fears and worries and insecurities crop up… And here’s a goal for real life, worth setting and then striving for daily: to be thankful, whatever your circumstances, every step of the way.”
Throughout her speech, Guthrie stressed the importance of taking small steps in order to achieve your larger, ultimate goals. In the form of a traditional newscast, she took a creative approach to her speech, breaking it down into four sections: news, traffic, weather, and sports. Each of these sections highlighted various obstacles and situations these graduating students would be faced with upon graduation.
Prior to joining TODAY, Guthrie served as NBC News White House Correspondent for three years, offering candid commentary for NBC on “Meet the Press,” the “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” where she also served as cohost. As part of the team that covered Sarah Palin’s campaign during the 2008 presidential election, she received an Emmy for her election night coverage.
Guthrie holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Arizona, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated magna cum laude. After working as a journalist in Arizona and Missouri, Guthrie became the national trial and legal correspondent for Court TV. At Court TV, Guthrie cast a critical eye on many of the nation’s most important court hearings, providing the country with a comprehensive and critical analysis of major rulings and cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress. Among the many high-profile cases Guthrie reported on were the Zacarias Moussaoui trial, the Lewis “Scooter” Libby case and the Samuel Alito confirmation hearings.