|Hotas Kotb and Savannah Guthrie (2nd & 3rd from left) flanked by their Today show colleagues, including Al Roker (right), who co-hosted the award ceremony. Photo by Jason Schott|
The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame recently held their induction ceremony, and among the inductees were the co-hosts of NBC's "Today" show, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.
Al Roker, the longtime weather and feature Anchor, and Co-Host of the 3rd Hour of "Today," was one of the hosts of the awards ceremony at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Hannah Storm, longtime sports announcer for NBC and currently an anchor for ESPN's Sports Center, was the other host.
Savannah Guthrie was born in Melbourne, Australia, where her father was stationed for his job, and she was named after her great-great-grandmother. When she was two years old, the family moved to Tucson, Arizona. She was one of three children, and the family suffered a tragedy when her father passed away when she was 16. That prompted her mother, who was a homemaker,to return to work. Guthrie later said that her mother was her biggest inspiration.
Guthrie started her television career at NBC affiliates in Missouri, Arizona, and Washington, D.C. She earned a law degree at Georgetown University and became a legal correspondent for Court TV, then NBC News.
Guthrie joined the Today show in 2011, and within a year was named a co-host of the show in July 2012, replacing Ann Curry.
Hoda Kotb began her broadcasting career right after college, joinging CBS in 1986 as a news assistant in Cairo, where her parents are originally from. She them moved on to CBS and ABC affiliates in Illinois, Mississippi, and Florida before becoming a reporter and anchor for WWL-TV in New Orleans from 1992 to 1998.
Kotb then got her big break, as she joined NBC as a correspondent for Dateline NBC in 1998, and covered some of the biggest news stories in the ensuing decade, including the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, and the War on Terror. She also hosted the weekly syndicated series Your Total Health from 2004 to 2008.
In September 2007, Kotb began hosting the 10 a.m. hour of the Today show, and a year later, was paired with Kathie Lee Gifford, creating one of the best talk show teams on television. The show is currently hosted by Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, who took Gifford's spot after she left Today in April 2019.
Kotb then became the co-host of today on January 2, 2018, alongside Savannah Guthrie. She has served as interim host after Matt Lauer was dismissed in November 2017 for inappropriate workplace behavior. Kotb and Guthrie won over the viewers, and they quickly surpassed ABC's Good Morning America to become the top-rated network morning show.
The other Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame honorees were:
Emily Barr - President & CEO, Graham Media Group
Nomi Bergman - Presdient, Advance/Newhouse Investment Partnership
Brandon Burgess - Former Chairman/CEO, ION Media Networks
Susanne Daniels - Media Consultant & Lecturer - Former Global Head of YouTube Originals
Pearlena Igbokwe - Chairman, Universal Studio Group
Leo MacCourtney - President, Katz Television Group
Dan Mason - Past President and CEO, CBS Radio
Steve Miron - Cheif Executive Officer, Advance/Newhouse Partnership
Steven R. Swartz - Presdident & CEO, Hearst
Curtis Symonds - President, HBCU GO TV/Allen Media Group