In Profile: Guthrie & Kotb, O’Donnell, Varney

By Chris Ariens 

As they wrap up two weeks of Today show broadcasts from the Winter Olympics, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb talk to Good Housekeeping about how they’ve spent their off-air hours in Pyeongchang.

After the show wraps around 11 p.m. local time (and they’re done chatting to their families on FaceTime), Guthrie and Kotb hit up a local bar to unwind. “[We go] out for tequila every night after the show,” Guthrie divulges. “It’s kind of crazy because we’re on at night here, so we’re discovering our night selves which we haven’t seen since college.” “We go to a special, secret place and there are two tequila and limes waiting!” adds Kotb. “[Al] Roker is wrangling it and Craig Melvin! We just kind of start the night.”

CBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell talked with Parade about the difficulty of being a TV journalist “in a time when the phrase ‘fake news’ is being thrown around daily.”


“I think the fundamentals of journalism remain the same. They go back to truth and trust, and that we are journalists reporting instead of storytelling. The beauty of the internet and smartphones is that we all have access to an enormous amount of information at our fingertips, but the flipside of that is that there are a lot of sources of information that are inaccurate out there, or what I might call false news. And the most important thing I try and remember is don’t let that distract from the type of in-depth investigative reporting that helps us understand why something happens.”

Stuart Varney talks with The Wrap about how he makes an entertaining business program.

“I don’t like erecting a barrier between me and the audience. You use jargon and that’s a turn-off. What is QE3 — a battleship?” he added, referring to econ-speak for the third round of the Federal Reserve policy of quantitative easing. I go out of my way to be entertaining. I don’t think that’s a fault — I think that’s a plus. Viewers have an extraordinary range of choice as to what they watch, who they invite into their living room or wherever on a daily basis and to be entertaining is of paramount importance.”