Todd, Guthrie to Launch MSNBC Show

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Washington Post

As if they didn’t have enough to do covering the White House, Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie are launching a 9 a.m. program for MSNBC.

“It fits the rhythm of our day,” says Todd, who also blogs, tweets, reports for NBC and serves as its political director. He sees the “Daily Rundown” as “something that has the feel of a signature Washington show for us” heading into 2010. “We’re not going to ignore the water-cooler story of the day, but we’re not going to dwell on it, either.”


Both insist the extra work won’t diminish their reporting, and the plan is for one of them to anchor from the road when President Obama is traveling. “Chuck and I have a great relationship, and we’re hoping it will translate on the air,” Guthrie says. “It’s a matter of making all the pieces fit together.”

Todd, who was passed over for “Meet the Press” in favor of David Gregory, chuckled when asked if he was fully prepared to be a host. “I’ve been in TV all of 2 1/2 years,” he says. “Every day’s a learning curve.”More…