NBC's "Today" is getting back into its morning routine.Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie both returned to their duties on the NBC News program after dealing with personal challenges that kept both anchors off air for several days.Kotb, who had been off the program for about two weeks, told viewers Monday that her youngest daughter had been in intensive care in the hospital for an undisclosed illness, but had recently returned home. Guthrie had to leave the program abruptly last week...
Kotb finds herself not only part of the team that leads the flagship first two hours of NBC’s “Today” but now as the veteran on the show’s fourth hour, aptly named “Today with Hoda & Jenna.” With longtime on-air partner Kathie Lee Gifford opting for retirement earlier this year, Kotb is the presence alongside new co-host Jenna Bush Hager, and the two have a palpable chemistry in sharing tales of motherhood and career while distilling current events. But no matter when Kotb is on the air, the network sees her connection with the audience, a talent that finds her in the midst of both the nation’s heaviest news and some of its lightest. A former “Dateline” correspondent, Kotb has been with NBC since 1998.