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. "Now I've got the best of both worlds. My frequent-flier miles will go down, but I won't spend so much time in airports. I call in, they'll tell me: 'There's a bald-headed guy living in a tree in New Hampshire. Go do a story.'"