Matt Lauer Celebrity Watchlist

Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • Annette Roque Lauer — Wife
  • Art Gentry — Grandfather
  • Marilyn Kolmer — Mother
  • April Lauer Stone — Sister
  • Thijs Lauer — Son
  • Romy Lauer — Daughter
  • Jay Robert Lauer — Father
  • Jack Matthew Lauer — Son
  • Nancy Alspaugh — Ex-wife
  • Richard Kolmer — Stepfather


  • Ohio University, Athens, OH (BS in Communications, 1997)

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  • Birth Name: Matthew Todd Lauer
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: December 30, 1957, Capricorn
  • Profession: Television newscaster, Producer