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Former 'Today' news anchor Lew Wood dies

Lew Wood, a veteran broadcast journalist who covered the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy for CBS and later anchored the news report for NBC’s Today show, has died at age 84.

Wood’s daughter, Brigitte Wood, says her father died Wednesday at a hospice in Riverside County.

Wood began his career in radio in 1952 at WDZ-AM in Decatur, Ill.

He transitioned to TV the following year, working as a reporter-cameraman, and anchoring the evening news, for a fledgling TV station in South Bend, Ind.

As a correspondent for CBS in the 1960s, Wood covered the Civil Rights movement and was part of the news team in Dallas to report on Kennedy’s visit when the president was killed.

He became Today‘s news anchor in 1975.

'Today' co-anchor Savannah Guthrie engaged

Savannah Guthrie announced on Today that she got engaged over the weekend to her boyfriend of four years, Mike Feldman. Al Roker teased that the reflection from the ring was blinding him and Guthrie joked that she’d been trying to get her colleagues to notice the ring all morning.

In the “What’s Trending” segment later, Bradley Cooper came to give Guthrie a bouquet of roses (he was a guest later on the show). Guthrie gushed more about her relationship with Feldman: “Our families love each other. Like our families have basically been in-laws for years. They’ve just been waiting for us to catch up and get with the program.”

Watch the Cooper video below:

Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk expecting baby girl -- VIDEO

Today‘s Jenna Wolfe is expecting a baby girl with her partner Stephanie Gosk, an NBC News correspondent, she announced this morning on Today. The couple have been together three years.

In a feature out in People this week, Wolfe discussed her pregnancy and comes out publicly. ”This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to us,” Wolfe said. ”But I don’t want to bring my daughter into a world where I’m not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is.”

The baby girl is due in late August and Wolfe will be blogging about her experience.

Watch the announcement:


Richard Engel and NBC news team escape kidnapping in Syria -- VIDEO

More than a dozen heavily armed gunmen kidnapped and held NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and several colleagues for five days inside Syria, keeping them blindfolded and tied up before they finally escaped unharmed during a firefight between their captors and anti-regime rebels, Engel said Tuesday.

Speaking to NBC’s Today show one day after the escape, an unshaven Engel said he believes the kidnappers were a Shiite militia group loyal to the Syrian government, which is fighting to crush a bloody uprising by rebels. He said they executed at least one of his rebel escorts on the spot at the time he was captured.

“They kept us blindfolded, bound,” said 39-year-old Engel, who speaks and reads fluent Arabic. “We weren’t physically beaten or tortured. A lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. They made us choose which one of us would be shot first and when we refused, there were mock shootings,” he added. READ FULL STORY

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