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Savannah Guthrie on co-anchoring TODAY: 'It's an honor'

It's a big day: Savannah Guthrie took her seat as the co-anchor of TODAY."It's an honor to be here," she said Monday.Matt Lauer welcomed her to the anchor desk in his own special way. "You bring a great attitude and what we like to call a weird sense of humor to this program," he said."7:02 and he's already calling me weird," Savannah quipped.In what Matt called a "goofy tradition," he asked the c

It's a big day: Savannah Guthrie took her seat as the co-anchor of TODAY.

"It's an honor to be here," she said Monday.

Matt Lauer welcomed her to the anchor desk in his own special way. "You bring a great attitude and what we like to call a weird sense of humor to this program," he said.

"7:02 and he's already calling me weird," Savannah quipped.

In what Matt called a "goofy tradition," he asked the control room to repeat her name from the opening of the show. "I'm glad you played it again because I was so nervous I didn't hear it the first time," she joked.

A montage highlighted moments from her life and career, from learning the play the guitar to getting a bit starstruck with Meryl Streep and attempting to hurdle on the plaza. "It's always scary to start a new job, but I'm looking forward to getting to know everybody a bit better," she said.

 

But Matt wasn't finished after the clip reel ended. "Savannah's favorite book growing up as your mom told us was a book called 'Dreams can Come True,"' he said. It's about a cheerleader yearning to be beautiful and popular with a handsome boyfriend.

Savannah looked mortified as Matt read the book jacket. "Cut to commercial," she howled. 

Savannah acknowledged what the new role means to her.

"I'm so proud and honored to be in a place occupied by so many women that I admire. Ann, Meredith, and Katie, and Jane, Deborah, Barbara," she said. "I love being with you guys every day."  

In 2011, Savannah became co-host of TODAY’s third hour. She has interviewed newsmakers of all kinds, from educator Dr. Jill Biden, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Savannah, who holds a law degree from Georgetown University, is NBC News' chief legal correspondent.

In May 2012, the Alliance for Women in Media awarded Savannah a Gracie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in programming created for women, by women, and about women. 

Prior to joining TODAY, Savannah served as NBC News White House Correspondent. 

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Watch: Matt welcomes Savannah to the anchor desk