Leading Contender Surfaces to Replace Ann Curry on NBC's 'Today' Arizona Daily Star, TVNewser

A name has surfaced at the top of the list of contenders to replace Ann Curry as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Savannah Guthrie, who co-hosts the third hour of "Today," tops the list, according to the story.

As previously reported, NBC executives are working on a plan to replace Curry only a year after she became the co-host of "Today." The NBC show is the perennial morning ratings leader, but ABC's "Good Morning America" overtook it for several weeks this spring.

Nevertheless, any plan to bring in Guthrie to replace Curry is "far from finalized," reports

Negotiations to remove Curry didn't begin until relatively recently, and it's unclear what role co-host Matt Lauer will have in the decision, the story says.

Guthrie’s roots are in Arizona, the Daily Star notes. She grew up in Tucson, graduated from the University of Arizona and is a former anchor at KVOA-TV in Tucson.

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