Matt Lauer

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Talk Show Host, News Anchor(1957–)
Matt Lauer is the television co-anchor of NBC's Today Show.

Synopsis

Matt Lauer was born on December 30, 1957 in New York City. He attended Ohio University but quit to pursue journalism. In 1992, NBC signed him to co-host two shows, Live at Five and Today in New York. In 1994, he became news anchor for the prestigious Today show, then he succeeded Bryant Gumbel as co-host opposite Katie Couric. Lauer is married to model Annette Roque and they have three children together.

Profile

Television host, reporter, producer. Born Matthew Todd Lauer on December 30, 1957 in New York City. In 1974, Lauer left New York to attend Ohio University. He quit in 1979, just four credits shy of graduation, to pursue a journalism internship at WOWK-TV in West Virginia. The risk paid off when he landed a news producing spot. By 1980, he was an on-air reporter.

Lauer spent the 1980s in various reporting gigs along the East Coast, working for several news magazines, and eventually landing back in New York. There, he hosted several short-lived shows, including Fame, Fortune & Romance with Robin Leach in 1986, Esquire Show on Lifetime in 1989 and the late-night talk show Day's End.

In 1989, he became co-host for the live talk show 9 Broadway Plaza, establishing himself as one of New York's most audience-friendly anchors. Banking on his easy charm and universal good looks, NBC signed him on in 1992 to co-host two shows, Live at Five and Today in New York. Soon, he became a frequent host for the network's specials, including Today at Night, The Tournament of Roses Parade and Up for the Golden Globes. In 1994, Lauer became news anchor for the prestigious Today show, and in 1997 succeeded Bryant Gumbel as co-host opposite Katie Couric.

Lauer was married to TV producer Nancy Alspaugh from 1982-1988. He was engaged briefly to newscaster Kristen Gesswein in 1996. He married model Annette Roque (aka Jade Roque) in 1998. Their son, Jack Matthew Lauer, was born in 2001, daughter Romy in 2003 and son Thijs in 2006.

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