Opting out

Pregnant NBC anchor won’t cover Rio Olympics due to Zika fears

Journalist Savannah Guthrie speaks onstage during Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women In The World Summit at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Savannah Guthrie, an anchor for NBC’s Today show, will not travel to Rio De Janeiro this summer to cover the Olympics. Guthrie is pregnant with her second child and concerns over the Zika virus, which poses grave risks to pregnant women and their babies, are keeping her stateside, she announced on Tuesday’s broadcast. “I’m not going to be able to go to Rio, so you’ll have to go to beach volleyball without me,” Guthrie told her colleagues, and added, “I’m looking forward to the campaign season.”

The move makes Guthrie, 44, the biggest name journalist or TV personality to opt out of attending the Olympics. NBC Universal said in a statement that the company is not compelling employees to travel to Rio. If they have concerns over contracting the Zika virus, an executive said, a culture has been created where they can speak up and decline to go. Some athletes, notably U.S. soccer star Hope Solo, have expressed concerns over going to Rio for the Olympic games, but so far none have dropped out.

In April, Guthrie interviewed the women of the Bush dynasty at the Women in the World Summit in New York City. Watch the complete interview below:

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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