It’s a New Day!


Laura Garcia CannonIt’s a new day!! Perhaps you’ve heard the catchy jingle on NBC11? It is a new day, and there is a new girl in town, and her name is Meredith!

Brent and I recently had the pleasure of flying to New York to meet with the newest member of the “Today Show” team, Meredith Vieira. It was really nice to get a chance to sit down with her to get to know her personally before she starts on “Today” this fall. We’ve all come to know her through some of her work on “60 Minutes” and more recently hosting “The View” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” but it was interesting to see her side-by-side with her new co-anchor Matt Lauer.

Brent, Laura, Meredith, Matt

She’s very funny, with a quick wit and inquisitive nature. Her first question to us was, “How do you work with your spouse every single day?” (That will take a whole other blog – ha ha)

She told us how excited and honored she is to be working on “Today,” but how she was also a bit nervous when she first met Matt last December. Matt told us how he decided to call her and invite her over to dinner at his house to see if the two would have anything in common, let alone be able to anchor together. Meredith quickly interjected to say she didn’t know what to wear, what to bring, and after worrying for a bit, she decided just to be herself. She said, “I just have to be me. If he likes me, he likes me.” She says she threw on something casual and brought a cake, and gave a sigh of relief when Matt opened the door and was wearing jeans. They both said they hit it right off and talked for hours. They knew right then, they could easily work together and get along.

Who couldn’t work with that team, however? Matt, Ann and Al are really genuinely nice people. Brent and I have had the pleasure of meeting with them several times before and they’re always so welcoming and accommodating.

Meredith will be starting in the fall, but says nothing will change because of her. She says she doesn’t want to make it “The Meredith Show,” it’s the “Today Show” and she’s just honored to be a part of the team. She did say she suggested a segment similar to Matt Lauer’s infamous, “Where in the World is Matt Lauer,” but she wants hers to be called, “Who in the Heck is Meredith Vieira?”

Meredith will start in September, it will be great to be the local news leading up to her debut!

Laura Garcia Cannon
NBC11 Anchor

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