Tired of the weekly commute from New York to his Phoenix home, Joe Garagiola is stepping down as co-anchor of NBC's "Today" show.
The avuncular former major-leaguer, brought back to "Today" 20 months ago to try to stop the show's ratings hemorrhage, has a new assignment as of Monday: correspondent-at-large. He'll specialize in sports and human-interest stories.
"The travel got stale," Mr. Garagiola said yesterday of his "Today" stint.
Mr. Garagiola says he requested the change from NBC News DTC boss Michael Gartner about six weeks ago. As a show of faith, Mr. Gartner extended his contract -- due to expire June 1 -- for two years.