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Also Known As: Matthew Todd Lauer Died:
Born: December 30, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: newscaster, producer

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As the charismatic and affable co-host of NBC's morning staple, "The Today Show" (1952- ), Matt Lauer became one of America's favorite morning show personalities in the late 1990s, only to watch his reputation and his show's ratings crumble following the messy departure of co-host Ann Curry in 2012. Known for his personable manner, Lauer developed a trusting, but direct interviewing technique which granted him a number of groundbreaking interviews with celebrity and political figures from Tom Cruise and Mark Zuckerberg to George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. During his "Today" tenure, Lauer reported on stories from across the globe for his annual segment, "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" logging more than 150,000 travel miles and reporting from more than 25 different locations around the world. Staying on as host of "Today" after Katie Couric departed the show in 2006, Lauer shared co-hosting duties with Meredith Vieira through 2011, while serving as the main anchor for the Olympic Games in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Following Vieira's departure, news anchor Ann Curry took over, but tearfully left in 2012 just months after Lauer signed a long-term contract that paid him $25 million annually. With Curry's...

As the charismatic and affable co-host of NBC's morning staple, "The Today Show" (1952- ), Matt Lauer became one of America's favorite morning show personalities in the late 1990s, only to watch his reputation and his show's ratings crumble following the messy departure of co-host Ann Curry in 2012. Known for his personable manner, Lauer developed a trusting, but direct interviewing technique which granted him a number of groundbreaking interviews with celebrity and political figures from Tom Cruise and Mark Zuckerberg to George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. During his "Today" tenure, Lauer reported on stories from across the globe for his annual segment, "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" logging more than 150,000 travel miles and reporting from more than 25 different locations around the world. Staying on as host of "Today" after Katie Couric departed the show in 2006, Lauer shared co-hosting duties with Meredith Vieira through 2011, while serving as the main anchor for the Olympic Games in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Following Vieira's departure, news anchor Ann Curry took over, but tearfully left in 2012 just months after Lauer signed a long-term contract that paid him $25 million annually. With Curry's messy ouster, Lauer was suddenly cast as the villain as "Today" sank in the ratings and lost its top spot to rival "Good Morning America" (ABC, 1975- ), leaving a once sterling reputation in tatters. Regardless of the Curry scandal, Lauer had already solidified his legacy long before as one of the most trusted and popular television personalities in the history of the medium.

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1979:
Became producer of noon news (WOWK-TV, Huntington, WV)
1980:
On-air debut as reporter, WOWK
1980:
Hosted "PM Magazine" in Richmond, VA (1980-81), Providence, RI (1982-84) and New York, NY (1985-86)
1986:
Co-hosted "Fame, Fortune & Romance" series (ABC)
1989:
Hosted "Esquire: About Men, for Women" (Lifetime)
1989:
Hosted late-night talk show "Day's End" (ABC)
1989:
Co-hosted interview show "9 Broadcast Plaza" (WWOR-TV, New York); was fired
1992:
Signed with WNBC-TV, New York; served as local anchor on "Live at Five" and "Today in New York" until fall 1996
1994:
Named news anchor on NBC's "Today"
:
Acted as substitute host for Bryant Gumbel on "Today"
1997:
Named co-anchor of "Today," replacing Bryant Gumbel
1998:
Began co-hosting NBC's live coverage of annual "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade"
2005:
Hosted the Discovery Channel special "Greatest American," which aired as part of Discovery's 20th anniversary
2006:
Made sitcom acting debut with a guest role on "Will & Grace"
2009:
Appeared in a cameo in the comedy feature "Land of the Lost"
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Education

Greenwich High School: Greenwich , Connecticut - 1975
Ohio University: Athens , Ohio - 1997

Notes

"The first lesson in news reporting is telling the story efficiently. Even though you're allowed to embellish some with television magazine pieces, I'm still making sure the story is told in an efficient manner." --Matt Lauer quoted in "The Soap Show" PR

"I get letters from women, and they say, 'I love your Roman nose.' If I weren't on TV and I walked past that same woman, she'd go, 'did you see the beak on that guy?'" --Lauer quoted in PEOPLE, May 9, 1994

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Nancy Alspaugh. TV producer. Born c. 1955; married in 1982; divorced in 1988.
companion:
Kristen Gesswein. Newscaster. Together from c. 1989; briefly engaged in 1995-96.
wife:
Annette Roque. Aka Annette Roque Lauer; Jade Roque. Model. Dutch; born c. 1964; together from summer 1997; announced engagement in May 1998; married on October 3, 1998.

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grandfather:
Art Gentry. Singer. Mother's father.
father:
Jay Robert Lauer. Retired bicycle-company executive. Divorced from Lauer's mother; remarried; died of cancer in 1997 at age 74.
mother:
Marilyn Kolmer. Boutique owner, former model. Divorced from Lauer's father; remarried.
step-father:
Richard Kolmer. Married Lauer's mother.
sister:
April Lauer Stone. Born c. 1953; married with two children.
son:
Jack Matthew Lauer. Born on June 26, 2001.
daughter:
Romy. Born October 2, 2003.
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