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.
* In 1979 left Ohio University four credits short of graduation; some 18 years later, was awarded his undergraduate degree and delivered the school's commencement address.
* Began his broadcast journalism career at WOWK-TV, in Huntington, WV, as a news producer.
* After working at numerous TV stations throughout the 1980s and '90s, was hired as a news anchor for NBC's Today; in 1997, succeeded Bryant Gumbel as its coanchor.
* In 2007, celebrated ten years of co-anchoring NBC's Today.
* In 2008, was the guest of honor at The Friars Club of New York Celebrity Roast, where he was roasted by Al Roker, Katie Couric, Tom Cruise, and others.
* Underwent surgery to repair a separated shoulder after he fell off his bike while trying to avoid a run-in with a deer on Long Island in 2009.
* In addition to covering the 2010 Winter Olympics with his Today co-hosts from Vancouver, Canada, he was also chosen to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay; he carried the torch through the town of Burnaby, British Columbia.
* Has won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards.
* Matt Lauer Relationships:
* Annette Roque Lauer - Wife
* April Lauer Stone - Sister
* Art Gentry - Grandfather
* Jack Matthew Lauer - Son
* Jay Robert Lauer - Father
* Marilyn Kolmer - Mother
* Nancy Alspaugh - Ex-wife
* Richard Kolmer - Stepfather
* Romy Lauer - Daughter
* Thijs Lauer - Son
* Ohio University, Athens, OH (BS in Communications, 1997)
The Early Years:
Matt Lauer left Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, four credits shy of a journalism degree, choosing instead his first career step, as a news producer at a Huntington, W.V., television station. In less than a year, Matt was on on-air reporter at the station.The early years saw Matt growing his career by accepting positions in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, R.I., and Richmond, Va, and New York City. His work at NBC's flagship station laid the trail for his leap to network television.Becoming a talk show host:In the early 90s, while serving as co-anchor of WNBC's Today in New York, a local news program that led into the nationally televised The Today Show, Matt was able to leverage his time and fill-in on Today as newsreader, as well as positions on Weekend Today, NBC News at Sunrise, and the NBC Nightly News. He officially joined The Today Show as news anchor in 1994.
With such experience, Lauer was a shoe-in as a replacement for Bryant Gumbel, who stepped down as co-anchor of Today in 1997.A key moment in his career:Possibly filling many roles at once. The aforementioned availability to fill-in where necessary on a number of NBC news programs solidified his dedication to profession and made him recognizable to TV viewers across the country.Then there's the infamous haircut of 2002, which garnered much attention and cast Matt as a fashionable, trend-setting personality. Okay, maybe not a key moment, but one that certainly generated some buzz.
What does the future hold?:
An increasing role as one of NBC's elder statesmen. Matt will remain with The Today Show through the 2011 season, and then it is anybody's guess.
And Just For Fun :
* Matt received his bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 1997 after the school determined that his journalism experience could count as 'independent study.' Matt returned to the stellar school (okay, it's my alma mater, I admit it) to accept his degree and give the commencement address.
* Has journeyed to the far reaches of the world in his six-year-old Today show segment 'Where in the World is Matt Lauer?'. He completed his most recent journey in April/May 2008.
* Has the same birthday as co-host Meredith Vieira.
* Left in the midst of a Today show broadcast to attend the birth of his son, Jack.
* Son Thisj (prounced "Tice", from the Dutch) joined the family on November 28, 2006. He's the youngest of three, including Jack and sister Romy.
* Often takes part in silly stunts for other NBC shows, like Late Night with Conan O'Brien.