NEW YORK CITY — This Tuesday on "Today," President George Bush and first lady Laura Bush will spend one hour with the nation's number-one morning program in a special split-show from Covington, LA. The president and the first lady will sit down for an interview with co-anchor Matt Lauer, then help with the installation of a house that was built last week on "Humanity Plaza" as part of the "Today" show's "Make a Difference Today" effort to help rebuild the Gulf Coast. Lauer, the president and the first lady will join forces with Habitat for Humanity's CEO Jonathan Reckford to deliver the house to Covington's Jackulin Collins and her son Miami, who lost their house in Hurricane Katrina. "Today" viewers met the Collins family on the Monday, September 26, broadcast when they first learned that they were going to be the recipients of a Habitat for Humanity house. About NBC News' ‘Today’ NBC News pioneered the morning news program when it launched "Today" over 53 years ago, with Dave Garroway as host. The three-hour live broadcast (Monday to Friday, 7 to 10 a.m.) provides the latest in domestic and international news, weather reports and interviews with newsmakers from the worlds of politics, business, media, entertainment and sports. After more than 48 years of the standard two-hour format, the third hour was launched in October 2000, making "Today" the only three-hour national morning show broadcast. The program is unparalleled in its ratings dominance in the morning news arena, serving as America's overwhelming favorite for nearly 10 consecutive years. Phil Griffin, senior vice president overseeing "Today," is the executive in charge of the "Make a Difference Today" project. Jim Bell is the executive producer of "Today."
About Habitat for Humanity International Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for 1 million people. .