24 Facts About Matt Lauer


Matthew Todd Lauer is an American former television news personality, best known for his work with NBC News.

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Matt Lauer was a frequent contributor for the evening news magazine Dateline NBC.

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Matt Lauer's father was of Romanian Jewish ancestry, as seen on the Today Shows Finding Our Roots.

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Matt Lauer earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University at age 39 in 1997; he had studied at the school's Scripps College of Communication, School of Media Arts and Studies.

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Matt Lauer had previously dropped out of the same institution in the spring of 1979 to begin his television career, after he was hired as a producer of the noon newscast for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia.

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Matt Lauer then started to move around the East Coast, hosting a number of daily information and talk programs.

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Matt Lauer was a co-host of PM Magazine in several cities, beginning in Richmond, then Providence, and then New York City .

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Matt Lauer then returned to local television, hosting programs in Philadelphia and Boston for a two-year period between 1987 and 1989, during which time he reported for ESPN and anchored entertainment news segments for HBO.

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In September 1989, Matt Lauer returned to New York City, this time to WWOR-TV, where he hosted 9 Broadcast Plaza, a three-hour live interview program.

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Matt Lauer departed that series as it took a turn in booking "tabloid" guests and topics, and for what he relayed as a refusal to live-read ads on the show for Dial-a-Mattress.

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Matt Lauer joined NBC in 1992, when he became co-anchor of the early weekday news show Today in New York on the network's New York flagship station WNBC.

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Matt Lauer filled in as the newsreader on The Today Show for Margaret Larson when needed from 1992 to 1993.

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Matt Lauer stepped in for Scott Simon, Mike Schneider and Jack Ford as the co-host of Weekend Today, and for Ann Curry as anchor of the former NBC News program NBC News at Sunrise from 1992 to 1997.

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On some occasions, Matt Lauer conducted interviews that escalated into tense exchanges.

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Matt Lauer co-hosted the opening ceremonies of several Olympic Games, carrying on what his former co-host Katie Couric had done since the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Matt Lauer co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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In November 2015, Matt Lauer hosted an interview with Charlie Sheen, during which Sheen revealed that he was HIV-positive.

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Matt Lauer devoted much of the Clinton interview to questions about her e-mail server, and according to critics, appeared to rush through audience-led topics such as domestic terror attacks and veterans' affairs, implying that there was not enough time to cover these in detail.

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Matt Lauer's contract had been scheduled to run through the end of 2018.

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In 2008, Matt Lauer was the subject of a roast by the New York Friars Club where several of his colleagues made jokes about his reputation for having relationships with his staff.

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Matt Lauer hosted The Greatest American on the Discovery Channel, which used internet and telephone voting by viewers to select the winner.

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Matt Lauer was critical of his own program, since it tended to favor well-known figures over others who had less influence in pop culture.

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Matt Lauer was married to television producer Nancy Alspaugh from 1982 to 1989.

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Matt Lauer later married Dutch model Annette Roque, whom he met on a blind date in July 1997.

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