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Bob Costas returning to NBC Olympics coverage

Bob Costas returning to NBC Olympics coverage

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- After suffering through an eye infection that left his eyes swollen and red, Bob Costas returns to NBC's Olympics coverage.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
Meredith Vieira will be first woman to cover Olympics for NBC

Meredith Vieira will be first woman to cover Olympics for NBC

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Meredith Vieira will make history as the first woman to cover the Olympics for NBC as she fills in for Bob Costas.
Aileen Graef
Matt Lauer filling in again Thursday for ailing Costas

Matt Lauer filling in again Thursday for ailing Costas

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Matt Lauer will host NBC Olympic coverage again Thursday night, as Bob Costas continues to battle pinkeye.
Brooks Hays
Bob Costas takes day off from Olympic coverage after eye infection spreads

Bob Costas takes day off from Olympic coverage after eye infection spreads

SOCHI , Russia, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- NBC sportscaster Bob Costas is going to take some time off to take care of his pink eye.
Veronica Linares
Ann Curry's contract won't be renewed by NBC

Ann Curry's contract won't be renewed by NBC

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- NBC won't renew Ann Curry's $12 million-a-year contract when it expires, and a move to CNN might be in the works.
Veronica Linares

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
By United Press International
Gumbel, Pauley to reunite on 'Today'

Gumbel, Pauley to reunite on 'Today'

NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Former "Today" co-anchors Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel are returning to the New York morning program Monday, NBC said.

Lysacek says hip injury to keep him out of 2014 Olympics in Russia

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic champion figure skater Evan Lysacek said Tuesday he would not attempt to qualify for the 2014 Games because of a potentially disabling injury.
Sarah Palin cancels 'Today' chat due to Martin Bashir rant

Sarah Palin cancels 'Today' chat due to Martin Bashir rant

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin canceled a planned interview for NBC's "Today" show after MSNBC's Martin Bashir ranted about her on the air, Fox News reported.
Shelton, Yearwood to appear on Clarkson's Christmas special

Shelton, Yearwood to appear on Clarkson's Christmas special

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. music stars Reba, Blake Shelton and Trisha Yearwood are to appear on the TV special, "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale," NBC announced.
Blige, Carey and Braxton to sing at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

Blige, Carey and Braxton to sing at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson are to perform at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in New York, NBC said Tuesday.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to appear on NBC's 'Today' show

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to appear on NBC's 'Today' show

TORONTO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of many of his powers Monday during a raucous City Council meeting where he knocked down a councilor.
Matt Lauer and Al Roker get prostate exams on 'Today'

Matt Lauer and Al Roker get prostate exams on 'Today'

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Matt Lauer and Al Roker took the "Today" show cameras with them when they underwent prostate exams at a New York hospital.
'Duck Dynasty' stars to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

'Duck Dynasty' stars to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Kellie Pickler, Kristin Chenoweth and the stars of "Duck Dynasty" are to take part in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, NBC announced.
Douglas, De Niro, Freeman to guest host 'Today'

Douglas, De Niro, Freeman to guest host 'Today'

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline are to serve as guest co-hosts of Friday's edition of "Today" in New York, NBC announced.
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Matt Lauer puts up the peace sign behind Katy Perry after her performance on the NBC Today show live from Rockefeller Center in New York City on July 24, 2009. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)
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Matthew Todd "Matt" Lauer (born December 30, 1957) is an American television journalist best known as the host of NBC's The Today Show since 1997. He was previously a news anchor in New York and a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Richmond. He was also host of PM Magazine (or "Evening Magazine" 1980-1986) and worked for ESPN in the 1980s as a sideline reporter. In the early 1990s, Lauer hosted segments of HBO Entertainment News.

He was born in New York, New York, the son of Marilyn Kolmer, a boutique owner, and Jay Robert Lauer, a bicycle-company executive. Lauer is of Romanian descent on his father's side, as seen on the Today Show's "Finding Our Roots." His parents divorced during his youth, and his father died in 1997. Lauer had become co-host of The Today Show replacing longtime host Bryant Gumbel in early 1997, not long before his father's death. In 1999, both Lauer and his cohost Katie Couric initially resisted participation in Today's proposed series about their family roots. The series turned out to be a hit, and Lauer was moved by what he learned about his immigrant ancestors. "My dad was Jewish. My mom is not. So I was not raised anything. I do feel a desire now to find something spiritual. Getting married and wanting to have kids has something to do with that."

Lauer is a School of Media Arts and Studies (formally the School of Telecommunications) graduate of Ohio University. He attended Ivy Tech, but dropped out. In 1997, he received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University at the age of 39. He had dropped out of Ohio University's School of Telecommunications in the Spring of 1979. The university awarded him his remaining credits by counting his journalism experience as "independent study" towards his degree. Lauer began his television career in 1979 as a producer of the 12 o'clock news for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia. By 1980, he had become an on-air reporter on the 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts. He then started to move around the country to further his career, hosting a number of weekly information and talk programs in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Richmond. He was also host of PM Magazine from 1980-1986 and worked for ESPN in the 1980s. He worked on the show "Talk of the Town" during 1988.

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