Matt Lauer is a New York-born television journalist. He has worked on The Today Show, Dateline NBC, WNBC, PM magazine, and HBO.
Early Life and Education
Matt Lauer was born on 30 December 1957 to father Jay Robert and mother Marilyn Kolmer. Raised in the New York City, Lauer went to Greenwich High School in Connecticut. Later, he joined Ohio University for an undergraduate degree.
Matt Lauer is currently married to Annette Roque. Previously, he was in a marital relationship with Nancy Alspaugh for seven years i.e. from 1981 to 1988.
Matt Lauer has three children: Jack, Thijs, and Romy. The Lauer family lives in $36.5-million North Haven-based property called Strongheart Manor.
There was also many rumors about his divorce with his wife due to his affair with his co worker Natalie Morales.
Dropping out of Ohio University School of Telecommunications in 1979, Matt Lauer joined WOWK-TV as a producer for 12 o’ clock news. A year later, he became a television reporter in the same channel for news at 6 and 11. Gradually increasing professional network and gathering valuable experiences, Matt became the host of PM Magazine until 1986. Starting from 1986, Lauer joined the WNYW-TV as a co-host of Jill Rappaort’s show Made In New York. Soon, he was also recruited by Fame, Fortune, and Romance as its co-host.
In the 1990s, Matt Lauer worked in various television businesses with several locally and nationally renowned journalists. From 1992 to 1997, he started working as a provisional journalist for NBC. In the meantime, he hosted The Today Show several times and even filled up NBC News at Sunrise for Ann Curry. Besides, Matt was also a program host for Discovery Channel and MSNBC.
In 1997, Matt started his own show called Where in the World is Matt Lauer? on NBC. Soon, the show gained a huge momentum and gave Lauer large opportunities to visit different places and broadcast the videos. Until the show’s closure in 2009, Matt Lauer went to Great Wall of China, Hong Kong, Croatia, Panama and many other nations and sites.
While hosting “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?”, Matt Lauer was heavily involved in covering the Sumer and Winter Olympis Games in 2000, 2008a and 2010. Lauer also co-hosted the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. As of 2012, he signed a deal with NBC News which supposedly paid him $25 million a year. The contract took effect after the start of 2017. Now, Lauer is worth approximately $60 million.
Matt Lauer Career Timeline
- 1986-1987: Fame, Fortune and Romance host
- 1988: Talk of the Town host (WNEV-TV)
- 1992–1996: WNBC-TV
1992–present: NBC News
- 1992–1997: fill-in anchor on Weekend Today and NBC News at Sunrise
- 1993–1994: Today fill-in news anchor
- June 13, 1994 – January 3, 1997: Today news anchor
- January 6, 1997–present: Today co-anchor
- 1997–present: Dateline NBC contributing anchor
- 1998–present: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade host
- 1998–present: Christmas In Rockefeller Center host
- 2010–2013: Rock Center with Brian Williams correspondent
Donald Trump and Matt Lauer
Matt Lauer is one of the few journalists who attended the marriage of Donald Trump with Melania in 2005.
He is also the one who interviewed the presidential candidates during the 2016 elections. In a 30-minute interview with Hillary Clinton, Matt seemed very much picky on the email controversy. However, in a similar interview with Donald Trump, Matt failed to bring up topics of imminent concerns.
This sparked a lot of criticism against Matt.