Savannah Guthrie: Famous Migraineur

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  • Recently, Savannah Guthrie started a new chapter of her life as co-host of NBC's "Today" show, but it seems her Migraines aren't onboard with her new position. Ms. Guthrie replaces Ann Curry on the show after her dismissal and joins Matt Lauer as co-host each morning. It's been reported that Guthrie sees a doctor twice a week for Migraine treatments, but has not had any problem appearing on air. However, she apparently has been seen wearing dark glasses off set.


    Ms. Guthrie was born in Melbourne, Australia, only living there for the first two years of her life before moving to Tucson, Arizona.  Here, she attended high school and went on to the University of Arizona to get her undergraduate degree in journalism. She attended Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and graduated magna cum laude in 2002. She then went on to attain the highest score in the Arizona bar exam that year.

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    From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Guthrie worked as a weekend producer and anchor in Columbia, Missouri, on ABC's affiliate channel KMIZ-TV. She then moved back to Tucson where she worked for KVOA-TV, reporting on political and legal matters from 1995 to 1999. Ms. Guthrie resettled in Washington, D.C., during law school and to work for another NBC affiliate, WRC-TV, as a freelance reporter. While in the nation's capital, she also covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent anthrax scares. Ms. Guthrie was a lawyer with the firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld from 2002 to 2003.


    She ultimately left the law firm to become a trial correspondent for Court TV, covering news-maker trails such as the Boston priest sexual abuse disgrace and the Michael Jackson child molestation case. Other well known cases Ms. Guthrie has covered include the Scooter Libby case, Samuel Alito's Supreme Court confirmation hearings and the Zacarias Moussaoui trial for his part in the 9/11 attacks.


    Ms. Guthrie joined the NBC news staff in 2007 and was the White House Correspondent from late 2008 until June 2011. She covered top stories such as the 2008 presidential elections and did some traveling with Sarah Palin's campaign. In 2009, she was an important member of the NBC team that won an Emmy for their coverage of the 2008 election night. She has interviewed many people from politicians to celebrities including Donald Trump, Dr. Conrad Murray (Michael Jackson's doctor) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ms. Guthrie was also a co-host of MSNBC's morning political show, "The Daily Rundown," from 2010 - 2011. Ms. Guthrie is now single after being married to journalist Mark Orchard for four years.


    Before joining Matt Lauer and Al Roker as co-host on the "Today" show, she was the co-host and chief legal expert of the Today show's third hour every morning. Little was mentioned about Ms. Guthrie's Migraines during that time, but now that the stakes are higher on the Today show, they seem to be an issue. The pressure may be coming from a viewing battle with ABC's Good Morning America for first place in the morning show lineup. With a seemingly new Migraine trigger, if Ms. Guthrie is not already keeping a Migraine diary, this may be a good time to try it.


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    TODAY. "Savannah Guthrie."  June 29, 2012.

    Migraine Misery on 'TODAY.' New York Post. July 20, 2012.

    The Hollywood Reporter. "Savannah Guthrie: 10 Things to Know About Curry's Replacement." June 29, 2012.



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Published On: July 25, 2012