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Originally posted 01/09/2014 11:00AM
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords narrowly escaped death three years ago, and she marked the anniversary in fearless fashion Wednesday: by skydiving.
The Arizona politician's life changed forever on Jan. 8, 2011, when a disturbed local man opened fire during a ceremony outside a Tucson grocery store. Six people died and 13 were wounded, including Giffords, who suffered life-threatening and ultimately life-altering injuries after being shot in the head.
Yet Giffords, 43, intended to send a clear message on Wednesday when she jumped out of a plane in her home state with a Navy SEAL and a parachute strapped to her back – and a big smile on her face. "I'm alive," she told Today's Savannah Guthrie, who covered her bold leap.
Originally posted 11/17/2013 05:00PM
Here comes the bride – well, almost.
Since announcing her engagement to fiancé Mike Feldman in May, Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie has been feeling the wedding-plan pressure.
"Everyone including our mothers are wondering when the heck we are going to get married," she tells PEOPLE. "They are just so happy and excited for us."
Despite the push to walk down the aisle, Guthrie, 41, and her fiancé, a political and communications advisor whom she began dating four years ago, are taking their time.
Originally posted 11/12/2013 10:15AM
After living with her uncle Pierce for years, Savannah Guthrie pays tribute to who she calls the "important figure in her life" for an NBC special.
As a part of "#Inspired By," a weeklong series that honors the personal heroes of the Today show anchors, Guthrie shares how her uncle, who had Down syndrome, continues to inspire her.
"We adored him," says Guthrie of her Uncle Pierce, who passed away in the late '90s. "I just thought he would be the perfect person to highlight because he really proved that no matter what challenges you face in life, you can rise above them and flourish."
Originally posted 08/21/2013 05:00PM
Originally posted 08/14/2013 08:20AM
She's busy planning a wedding, but there's something else Savannah Guthrie would like to plan in the future – a family.
"I would love to have kids," the Today show host, who got engaged to her boyfriend of four years, Michael Feldman, in May, tells ELLE magazine for its September issue (available Aug. 20).
"I hope so, if we're lucky and blessed, but who knows what life holds, you know? I'm 41 years old."
Originally posted 05/14/2013 08:30AM
The Today anchor gives us a good look at (and all the details of) her new sparkler
Originally posted 05/13/2013 08:00AM
There's good news off-camera on the Today show.
Co-host Savannah Guthrie is engaged to marry her boyfriend of four years, Michael Feldman, who proposed over this Mother's Day weekend, the morning personality, 41, announced on the show Monday.
"Good for you and congratulations to Mr. Feldman," said her anchor mate Matt Lauer. "He's a great guy."
Guthrie, who was married (and divorced) once before, from 2005 to 2009 to BBC News presenter Mark Orchard, said she wouldn't let her wedding be broadcast on the show.
Originally posted 07/10/2012 10:45AM
Now that she's taken her spot next to Matt Lauer on the Today show, Savannah Guthrie has plenty of reasons to be happy – and possibly a little embarrassed, too.
On her official welcome to her morning gig Monday, Guthrie, 40, endured a friendly hazing-like induction, in which viewers caught a glimpse of a favorite childhood book about an aspiring cheerleader, as well as a clip of her singing and playing the guitar to Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go."
"It was just such a warm welcome, and how could you not feel really good after that?" she tells PEOPLE of her on-air introduction, which also included heartfelt comments from friends, her mother and former colleagues. "I'm thankful and excited for the future."
Originally posted 06/28/2012 03:10PM
If you were worried for Ann Curry, it's all over.
After showing up for work at Today in recent days only to see a path being cleared for her past the cameras and on to the morning-show guillotine, Curry announced on air Thursday that she would be leaving her NBC co-host job scarcely more than a year since taking over from sage, sunny Meredith Vieira.
No replacement has been announced, but in the media universe, where truth is believed to reside, the scuttlebutt was that Matt Lauer's next co-host will be the crisp and companionable Savannah Guthrie, who helms Today's third hour.
Originally posted 06/28/2012 09:05AM
Ann Curry will no longer co-host the Today show – effective immediately.
"This is not easy to say," a choked-up Curry, 55, announced on Thursday's show, as her costars sat on the sofa next to her. She said Thursday would be her last day as a regular on the show, but "I will still be part of the Today show family, in a different role."
She said she has been "given a fancy new title" and will roam the globe for NBC, reporting the news.
With tears in her eyes, she expressed her gratitude and love for the viewers and the behind-the-scenes staff, and said, "To those of you who saw me as a groundbreaker, I am sorry that could not carry the ball across the finish line – but, man, I did try."
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