Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:01 AM ET
"I'm thrilled," he said this morning. "I was thinking coming over here [about] 60 years of TODAY show history going back to Dave Garroway. And to be some small part of that is completely humbling."
Willie is a familiar face around TODAY. He's been a guest host on Kathie Lee and Hoda and filled in for other anchors.
"We are thrilled to add Willie to the TODAY team," said executive producer Jim Bell. "He brings a solid news background with a keen sense of creativity and humor. From politics to pop culture, Willie is a skilled and versatile reporter who will make a great addition at 9 a.m. and contribute to the entire broadcast."
His first day as 9 a.m. co-host is Nov. 12. Welcome Willie aboard in the comments!
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