Matt Lauer is best known for his career as a television news anchor on NBC’s today show, a position he held from 1997 to 2017. He was also a contributor to Dateline NBC and hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. In the earlier stages of his career, he worked as a news anchor for WNBC in New York City and hosted a local talk shows in Philadelphia, Boston and Rhode Island.
In 2017, Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct by a female co-worker. His contract was terminated shortly afterwards. Lauer is now staying at his home in the Hamptons where he is out of the public eye. Although he says he has plans to return to television at some point, nothing is on the horizon for the immediate future.
Lauer was born in New York City on Dec. 30, 1957. As he grew older, he became passionate about the media arts and pursuing a career in the industry. He also always saw getting married and having children as one of his life goals.
Lauer was married to television producer Nancy Alspaugh from 1982 to 1989. The couple did not have any children. His second marriage was to Annette Roque in 1998. The two have three children together, Jack, Romy and Thijs. They are currently in the process of divorcing following Lauer’s sexual misconduct charges.
High School: Matt attended Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, Westchester until his sophomore year. After getting average grades, his parents decided to move him to a school with a more challenging curriculum. The family moved to allow him to attend Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT. He graduated from the more academically rigorous school in 1975.
Ohio University: Lauer originally attended the Scripps College of Communication and School of Media Arts at Ohio University in the mid 1970’s. He dropped out of the school in 1997 and began to pursue his career. He returned to the school later in life and earned his undergraduate degree in 1997.