Savannah Guthrie established a national imprint following much-hyped court cases for cable channel Court TV in the early 2000s before finding bigger audiences with NBC News. An Arizona native, Guthrie established her television credentials with the news division of a local Tucson station right out of college and did a number of years in the local news trade before breaking mid-career to secure a law degree from Georgetown University. She opted to put her legal expertise to work with Court TV, doing nut-sand-bolts breakdowns of high-profile trials, before NBC hired her away in 2007. Guthrie contributed to both "NBC Nightly News" and the network's adjunct 24-hour news channel MSNBC, eventually assigned cover the eventful Sarah Palin vice presidential candidacy in fall 2008. In the wake of the election, NBC News paired her with Chuck Todd as its top reporters on the Obama White House, and a year later made them concurrent hosts of MSNBC's late-day analysis show "The Daily Rundown" (2010- ). NBC News brass saw broader appeal in Guthrie, giving her periodic guest-hosting duties on their flagship morning show "Today" (1952- ) before establishing her as a regular on the show's panel in 2011, prompting talk of her being groomed as one of its top morning personalities. The network's faith in her was confirmed the following year when she was named the latest co-anchor of "Today" in the wake of Ann Curry's dismissal. Wielding a natural ease and effervescence as well as a capacity for measured savvy in front of the camera, Guthrie was clearly a designated talent on the rise in the NBC News organization.