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'Today' moves on after Ann's exit

Savannah Guthrie has been named Matt Lauer’s new coanchor

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It’s official: Savannah Guthrie, 40, has been tapped to be Matt Lauer‘s new coanchor on Today. ”In just a few short years, Savannah has become a standout member of the news division as well as the ultimate team player,” NBC News president Steve Capus said in a statement June 29. The move came the day after Ann Curry tearfully said goodbye to Today, her home of 15 years and the show that rewarded her with her ”dream job” as coanchor when Meredith Vieira left about a year ago. Alas, it wasn’t meant to last for the 55-year-old reporter: ABC’s Good Morning America has been closing in, and Today‘s in full-on fix-it mode as it prepares to cover the Olympics from London. Curry now joins the ranks of NBC employees (Godspeed, Conan O’Brien and Deborah Norville!) who were clumsily shown the door. She’ll stay in the fold as anchor at large (which she somewhat dismissively called ”a fancy new title”), while Guthrie — who had been the show’s 9 a.m. anchor — adjusts to her new role. Best of luck, Savannah. You’ll need it.