Savannah Guthrie, host of NBC’s popular morning program “The Today Show” is raising her children with Jewish traditions, but in both the Jewish and Christian faiths. She spoke about this as well as her combative interview of President Trump and much more in an interview with the New York Times.
The 48 year old host has been married to political and communications consultant Michael Feldman since 2014. They have two children together, Vale Guthrie Feldman age 6 and Charles Max Feldman age 3. Her family attended a Baptist church when she was a child and today Savanah Guthrie attends a nondenominational church in Manhattan.
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In a recent interview with the Scott Brothers Savannah Guthrie explained that in her family they celebrate all of the holidays, including both Christmas and Hanukkah. Their kids light the Hanukkah candles and get presents from Santa Claus.
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) November 14, 2020
“I’m always so fundamentally aware of not being the center of the universe,” she told the Times. “Having a faith really helps you know your place in the world. And I really value that. And I find it endlessly fascinating. Believing in God, loving God, believing in a compassionate God, just absolutely spreads through everything I feel and the way I look at the world.”
Her colleague at NBC is Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of President George W. Bush. Hager told the New York Times, “We both talk a lot about faith and about, what holds us, what centers us, where our North Star is, how we want to raise our children.”
“She and I both have had this tie. When things have happened in our lives, when I’ve lost my grandfather, having her next to me, sitting in the pew with our kids, there was something that very much comforted me and grounded me.”
Two years ago Guthrie talked about her mixed faith family in an essay posted on the Today Show website. In it she wrote about her faith in God and how she and her husband decided to let their children decide for themselves what religion to follow when they grow up. Guthrie said that her greatest hope for her children was that someday “they would have a friendship with God.”
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But most readers of the New York Times piece are really interested in has to be her comments when Guthrie interviewed President Trump. After a second Presidential debate was canceled over Covid-19 concerns, Savannah Guthrie hosted a one-on-one town hall style interview with the President on October 15.
When a combative Trump failed to give a direct answer about his negative Tweets she said, “I don’t get that. You’re the president. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can retweet whatever.”
People on one side saw this as a brave step and an equal number on the other side perceived the comment as being disrespectful to the President of the United States.
As for herself, Savannah Guthrie does not seem to know how to explain her comment. She told the Times, “I’m shocked at myself. I don’t even know if it’s a good thing that I said it. That just came out.”