Savannah Guthrie on Brian Williams: ‘We Are Waiting To See What Our Bosses Decide’

By Brian Flood 

Just like the rest of us, Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie is waiting for a decision on the biggest guessing game of the TV news year: what will become of Brian Williams.

We caught up with the NBC Newswoman this afternoon at the Mirror Awards ceremony at Cipriani in New York City. Guthrie emceed the Syracuse University event, which honors excellence in media industry reporting.

“I think, like everyone, we are waiting to see what our bosses decide and we hope for the best for everyone involved,” Guthrie told TVNewser about the Williams decision. “It’s not something that’s all-consuming for us. We care a lot about our friends at Nightly and everyone involved, but we’re just trying to go forward and put on a show.” And Today continues to put on a winning show, with a No. 1 finish in the demo last week, the fourth win in the last seven weeks. Guthrie has filled in often on Nightly News, and has found herself anchoring the weekend edition now that Lester Holt is anchoring the weekday Nightly News.


When we asked about today’s New York Post story on Holt’s reported salary demands, and what might happen if she was called up, she stopped us mid-question:

“Oh, for crying out loud. You’re crazy. That’s a quote. You’re crazy.”

It was a friend, and Syracuse alum who recruited Guthrie for this afternoon’s hosting gig. Guthrie joins Gayle King, Meredith Vieira, Katie Couric, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as emcees of the event. “I know I’m in good company.

It’s a lunch, so it’s not like we have to stay up late,” said Guthrie, who keeps to an 8 p.m. bedtime. “Morning show hosts are good for the timing and I think it’s just nice to be able to have journalists recognize other journalists.”

And to lighten the lunchtime mood, Guthrie joked at the start of the event: “For all of you who write about the media, I’m sorry we didn’t give you very much material this year. We’ll try to do better next year.”

You’ve given us plenty, Savannah. But we’ll take more.

For a full list of the 2015 Mirror Award winners, click here.