The life of Savannah Guthrie: How a local news anchor quit journalism only to become one of the biggest morning show stars on Earth
- Savannah Guthrie has been a main co-anchor on the "Today" show since 2012.
- Unsure about what to do with her life, she took her mother's suggestion to study journalism. It stuck. After graduating, she started out as a television host on local news channels and worked her way up.
- Although she knew early on that she wanted to be on television, she took a detour and went to law school and had a short-lived legal career before taking the biggest leap of her life - into TV news.
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Savannah Guthrie always wanted to be on television.
After studying journalism, she started out as an anchor on a local news channel. Ten days later, the newsroom closed down.But she persevered, found other jobs, and worked her way up.
Later, she took a detour and worked for a few years as a white-collar criminal lawyer before she returned full-time to the news. She called it "one of the biggest, craziest jumps I ever made."
Guthrie has steadily ascended since. In 2012, she became the new co-host on the "Today" show.
In a commencement speech at George Washington University in May 2019, she said, "My path is not how anyone would tell anybody to get anywhere. It's like someone giving you directions from right here to New York City by telling you to start heading toward Miami."
Here's a look at Guthrie's life, in photos.