1. She’s a native of Australia.
Even though she has no accent, Savannah was born in Melbourne, Australia. Two years later, her family moved to Tucson, Arizona. (Se has said she hopes to return to Australia because she has no memories of living there.)
2. She has a background in law.
After graduating from University of Arizona with a degree in journalism, Savannah earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the bars in both Washington D.C. and the state of Arizona.
(Savannah pictured giving the commencement speech at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May of 2012.)
3. She worked at Court TV.
After briefly practicing law, Savannah moved into journalism. She worked at various news outlets, including Court TV, which she joined in 2004 as an analyst. During her time there, she covered various stories, like the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Samuel Alito; Martha Stewart’s insider trading case; and Michael Jackson’s trial. Watch her coverage of the Jackson prosecution here.
4. She was married to Mark Orchard.
5. She taught herself how to play the guitar.
Not only can she play the guitar, but she can also carry a tune. One of the top items on her bucket list includes meet and play music with Patti Griffin and Shawn Colvin.
6. She joined NBC in 2007.
7. She became a co-host on “Today” last year.
Savannah made the jump to morning TV when she took a job co-hosting the third hour of Today with Natalie Morales and Al Roker. Her move was part of host shuffling — that also involved Ann Curry and Natalie Morales — following Meredith Vieira’s departure. Savannah was also named the show’s Chief Legal Editor.
8. Now she’s equal to Matt Lauer.
In an exclusive with The Hollywood Reporter, NBC confirmed that Savannah would join Matt Lauer as the co-host of Today.
“The news [came] just hours after Guthrie finished co-hosting the show with Lauer and one day after Curry bid a tearful farewell to Today viewers in an extraordinarily raw and emotional segment on Thursday’s show.”