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As Guthries, we're often asked if we're related to Arlo, but the scope of our fame spans past Alice's Restaurant into other endeavors. Here's a starter list of Guthries who've made their mark on the world. (Please send us your suggestions for additional "Didja Know" listings)

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Media News (top)

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Savannah Clark Guthrie (born December 27, 1971) is an American journalist and attorney, working for NBC News.

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Savannah Clark Guthrie, named for her great-grandmother,[4] was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1971, but moved to Tucson, Arizona, two years later. She graduated from Amphitheater High School in Tucson.

Guthrie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, graduating Cum laude in 1993. She was a member of the Arizona Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi. Her first job in broadcasting was at ABC station KMIZ, in Columbia, Missouri, where she worked for two years before returning to Tucson and a job with NBC affiliate KVOA in 1995. After five years in Arizona, she took a job at WRC-TV, Washington, D.C. where she covered major stories like the September 11, 2001, attack on The Pentagon and the 2001 anthrax attacks.

After working several years as a broadcast journalist Guthrie chose to resume her higher education, receiving a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Arizona, having scored first place on the Arizona Bar Exam. She also was a member of Order of the Coif and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers' Student Advocacy award for her work with victims of domestic violence.

She worked for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she served as a litigation associate, specializing in white-collar criminal defense. Prior to serving in this capacity, she was a Law Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a first-year Legal Research and Writing workshop on a weekly basis.[citation needed]

In 2004, she became a national trial correspondent for CourtTV. She covered high-profile legal proceedings including the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, the abduction and murder trial of Carlie Brucia, the Martha Stewart case, and the Michael Jackson trial.

Guthrie became a reporter for NBC News in September 2007. She covered Sarah Palin's 2008 vice-presidential race from Fairbanks, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Sioux City, Iowa, and Washington. On December 18, she was named White House correspondent for NBC News. In this capacity, she contributed to all NBC News properties.[1] She substituted for David Shuster on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Willie Geist on Way Too Early. She also substituted for David Gregory on Meet the Press on August 21, 2011, and April 1, 2012.

Guthrie was the commencement speaker for the University of Arizona's 2011 graduation ceremony, as well as for Hobart and William Smith Colleges' 2012 graduating classes.


After Guthrie substituted for both Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry on Today, it was confirmed on May 9, 2011, that she would become co-host of the 9 a.m. hour, alongside Natalie Morales and Al Roker, and the show's Chief Legal Editor. The move came after Vieira announced her departure from the show as co-host of the main program, and the subsequent promotions of Curry and Morales to main co-host and news anchor, respectively. Guthrie departed The Daily Rundown for Today on June 8, 2012.[5] She also became NBC News's Chief Legal Analyst, making her first appearance in this role on May 25, 2011.[3] On June 29, 2012, it was announced that Guthrie will co-anchor Today, replacing Curry. Her first day as co-anchor, alongside Matt Lauer, was July 9, 2012.[6]

Personal life[edit]

While covering the trial of Michael Jackson, Guthrie met English-born BBC News presenter Mark Orchard. After Orchard divorced his first wife, journalist Anne Kornblut, the couple married in December 2005.[7] Guthrie and Orchard divorced in 2009, and later that year she began a relationship with Democratic political and communications consultant Michael Feldman.[4] On May 13, 2013, Guthrie announced on the Today Show that she and Feldman were engaged to be married. A wedding date has yet to be chosen. Guthrie lives in the SoHo district in Manhattan.


Entertainment (top)

Sir Tyrone Guthrie. Commonly called the "finest director in the English-speaking world," Sir Tyrone founded The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. (for more info...)

Arlo Guthrie. In the early days of Progressive FM radio, Arlo set the standards for long songs with "Alice's Restaurant." His star continued to shine at Woodstock and with the Top 10 hit "City of New Orleans." (for more info...)

Woody Guthrie. A folk song pioneer, Woody's musical offspring are in a league by themselves: Dylan, Springsteen, etc. Known for "This Land is Your Land," Woody made an incredible impact in the world of the working man through his union organizing activities, singing about the plight of the workers to singing about their banding together to do something about it. (for more info...)

James Guthrie. Rock music producer, James was behind the control board during Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" and Toto's Grammy-award winning debut album.

Gary Guthrie. Regarded as the radio Program Director who spliced together solo versions of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" for Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond giving the duo one of their biggest hits.

Sports (top)

Janet Guthrie. Sports trivia buffs everywhere know that the first woman to drive in the Indy 500 was one of our own. Janet began when driving in 1961 but entered her first high speed race two years later. She began high-speed racing in 1963. In 1964 Janet entered endurance racing and successfully finished in the top three American races 9 times running. Learn more about our speedy cousin in this video narrated by drivers including Janet herself: "Adventures of Janet Guthrie"

Jim Guthrie. How's this for one year: 13th at Las Vegas; 6th at Orlando; 1st at Phoenix (where ABC-TV analysts called Jim's triumph, "The Cinderella" story); 26th at Indianapolis 500; 12th at Charlotte; 4th at Las Vegas, Rookie of the Year 1997? That's becoming "everyday work" for Jim, one of the hottest drivers on the circuit.

Mark Guthrie. "Bats right, throws left"... This major league baseball star began his walk of fame (I guess that should be "strike of fame", huh?) at LSU where he was all conference. The Minnesota Twins and the L.A. Dodgers have both been lucky to have him save many a game for them.

Politics & Military (top)

James Guthrie. Founded the L&N Railroad, Secretary of the Treasury, first President of the University of Louisville, and U.S. Senator. People in Kentucky still want to know why it's called "Louisville" and not "Guthrieville". (for more info...)

General lord Charles Guthrie. As chief of the United Kingdom's defense staff, General Sir Charles Guthrie, spoke for all three armed services during his tenure. For a look at Charles' fascinating life, click here.

Literature (top)

A.B. Guthrie Jr. Pulitzer-prize winning author of "The Way West", nominated for an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for the western "Shane".

Science (top)

Beck Guthrie. Physician who wrote the formula for Contac, the world's largest-selling cold remedy.

Frederick Guthrie. The idea man behind the "Four Color Theorem" in map making. (for more info...)

Dr. Robert Guthrie, inventor of screening tests for newborns. (for more info...)

Samuel Guthrie (1728 - 1848), American physician who invented a percussion powder and a punch lock for exploding it, thus making obsolete the flintlock musket. And, if that wasn't enough, in 1831 he discovered chloroform. (for more info...)

Geography (top)

There are "Guthrie" towns everywhere: Guthrie, Oklahoma (used to be the state capital), Kentucky, North Dakota, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, West Virginia (oh, yeah, and Guthriesville South Carolina, too!). And, let's not forget Guthrie, Ontario, and the Guthrie School at C.F.B Namao (Air Force base) for our Canadian brethren.
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