Katie Couric kicked off a week long guest hosting gig on Good Morning America today. If I were a GMA follower, I would be very excited about tuning in all week long to see how Katie does on her return to morning TV, no matter how short-lived it may be. However, I’m so dedicated and loyal to The Today Show, I almost feel like watching GMA could be considered cheating. Sounds crazy, I know. But as my co-workers can attest, I LOVE The Today Show. It is rare that a day goes by that I don’t mention something about it- a piece they ran, a funny line one of the anchors said, a favorite correspondent- it is absolutely a part of my daily conversation.
I have a long standing relationship with The Today Show. I have vivid memories of watching it every morning with my mom before school. I spent elementary school mornings with Bryant Gumble and Katie Couric, high school with Katie and Matt Lauer and college with Matt and Meredith Vieira. And still, every morning before work, The Today Show team welcomes me to a new day. Each anchor and news desk correspondent shift takes a bit of getting used to. I mean, I love Ann Curry but I cannot deny missing Meredith. And they really threw me for a loop bringing on Savannah Guthrie, but I gotta say, she’s already won a place in my heart.
I even have my favorite “expert” correspondents. For instance, I will never forget developing a crush on legal analyst Dan Abrams as he became a staple on Today for his coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial on Court TV. His black hair (at the time), blue eyes and oh goodness, those brains and legal smarts-what a 10-year old girl didn’t have a crush on him?? I kid- I know I’m an exception. And I’m still not totally over the fact that he has since moved to GMA also. If you ask me, Star Jones just doesn’t have the same allure.
Jean Chatzky is another one of my long time favorites. Full disclosure, I don’t have a vested interest in finance (even though I probably should.) Normally, news pieces on finance bore me to tears but not Jean’s. The woman makes me want to leap out of bed and learn all about my 401K options, mortgage rates and college tuition savings plans for my unborn children. That may be a little extreme, but you get the idea- I value Jean Chatzky’s expert advice and opinions.
As I get ready to move out of New York City (in fact, I depart later today), I am reminded of my very first trip here. I was in 7th grade at the time and the one must-do thing on my list was visit The Today Show. I can still remember sipping on Dean & Deluca hot chocolate as I braved the cold, proudly waving my handmade poster in hopes of making it on TV (which it did). Leaving NYC is bittersweet but I take solace in knowing that whenever I miss the city, I can simply flip on the TV and my Today Show family will be there to welcome me back.
So for today’s poll, I’ll recognize a few female role models who inspired me to be a career woman of my own. Which female Today Show team member, past or present, is your favorite?