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Matt Lauer  

Co-Anchor of NBC's "Today" Since '97

Matt Lauer has been co-anchor of NBC News’ "Today" since January 6, 1997. From September 1992 to September 1996, Lauer was at WNBC in New York City where he served as a co-anchor of the early morning newscast “Today in New York” and as a co-anchor of the early evening newscast “News Channel 4/Live at Five.” He began substituting on "Today" as a news anchor in early 1993 before becoming the permanent news anchor in 1994.

Since joining NBC News, Lauer has conducted a number of remarkable and newsworthy interviews. In November 2010, he sat down with President George W. Bush in his first one-on-one television interviews since leaving The Oval Office. The in-depth interview, which was conducted over two days in Midland and Dallas, Texas, made worldwide headlines. Lauer has also sat down with President Barack Obama in several exclusive one-on-one interviews since the November 2008 election. In March 2010, he spoke with the President in his first one-on-one interview after signing the historic health care reform package.

After the death of Michael Jackson in June 2009, Lauer went inside Neverland Ranch for a rare, behind-the-scenes look inside the private world of the King of Pop. Lauer also talked with Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales in June 2006, in their first-ever American television interview to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their mother, Princess Diana’s, tragic death.

Other Lauer exclusives include first lady Michelle Obama in her first interview since the State of the Union address in February 2010; former senior advisor to President Bush, Karl Rove; Michael Douglas’ first interview after his son’s prison sentence for drug charges, and later, Douglas’ first television interview since undergoing cancer treatment; and Elizabeth Edwards’ first television interview since separating from her husband, John Edwards.

Lauer has also broadcast several landmark split-editions of "Today" from newsworthy locations. He has traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to take an up-close look at the progress of the war and talk to US soldiers on the ground and has traveled to Iran, broadcasting live from its capital, Tehran. In June 2007 he traveled to Cuba for a rare opportunity to broadcast live from that country. In May of 2004 "Today" became the first American television network to broadcast live from the border of North and South Korea with Lauer anchoring from the ground.

Prior to joining WNBC, Lauer hosted a daily, live, three-hour interview program, “9 Broadcast Plaza,” in New York from 1989 to 1991. Before that, his experience included hosting a number of weekly information and talk programs in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Richmond. Lauer began his career in 1979 as a producer of the noon news on WOWK in Huntington, West Virginia. In 1980, he was a reporter on the station’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Lauer is a graduate of Ohio University. He lives in New York with his wife, Annette Roque Lauer, their sons, Jack and Thijs, and daughter, Romy.


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