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NBC Names Chuck Todd Chief White House Correspondent

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If you count yourself among the many aggrieved fans of Chuck Todd who've wept over him not getting the Meet The Press job, take heart! Todd will be receiving a new, high profile position from NBC News, who today named him Chief White House Correspondent. He will be joined by Savannah Guthrie, who has been named a White House Correspondent.

This move also softens the blow of Todd getting passed over as host of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in favor of David Shuster - or it would, anyway, if that show wasn't terrible.

From the NBC press release:

"Chuck truly made his mark in the 2008 Presidential election season where he offered unmatched political analysis. His objective, smart, real reporting has been honed through the years in Washington and makes him uniquely qualified to lead our White House coverage team," said [NBC News President Steve] Capus. "Savannah also emerged in 2008 as one of our primary go-to reporters. Hard-charging, dedicated and resourceful, she has earned a great reputation and the respect of her peers."

Todd will retain his title as NBC News Political Director in addition to his new duties on the White House beat. As part of this announcement, he is also being named Contributing Editor to "Meet the Press," where he will make frequent appearances to offer reporting and political analysis.