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Matt Lauer meets Savannah Guthrie's baby

Matt Lauer meets Savannah Guthrie's baby

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Matt Lauer excited to meet co-host Savannah Guthrie's newborn daughter.
Danielle Haynes
Savannah Guthrie welcomes baby girl Vale

Savannah Guthrie welcomes baby girl Vale

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Savannah Guthrie welcomed her first child with husband Michael Feldman on Wednesday morning, a baby girl named Vale.
Veronica Linares
Ann Curry may be on short list to join 'The View'

Ann Curry may be on short list to join 'The View'

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) --ABC considering hiring Ann Curry to fill an empty chair on "The View."
Danielle Haynes
Tara Reid, Ian Ziering star in first trailer for 'Sharknado 2'

Tara Reid, Ian Ziering star in first trailer for 'Sharknado 2'

NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) --Tara Reid and Ian Ziering return to battle man-eating sharks, this time in New York City, in SyFy channel's followup to "Sharknado."
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Pippa Middleton on royal wedding: 'We saw it as just a family wedding'

Pippa Middleton on royal wedding: 'We saw it as just a family wedding'

NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) --Kate Middleton's sister sat down for her first televised interview with the "Today" show's Matt Lauer on Monday.
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Pippa Middleton gives first-ever television interview on 'Today' show

Pippa Middleton gives first-ever television interview on 'Today' show

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) --Matt Lauer revealed live on air Wednesday that he had flown to London to sit down with Pippa Middleton for her first ever television interview.
Veronica Linares
Sophia Bush discusses body image, 'Chicago P.D.'

Sophia Bush discusses body image, 'Chicago P.D.'

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Sophia Bush recently sat down to discuss the importance of self-acceptance and the recent "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Fire" crossover episodes.
Annie Martin
Al Roker and Matt Lauer will make cameos in 'Sharknado 2'

Al Roker and Matt Lauer will make cameos in 'Sharknado 2'

April 2 (UPI) -- Al Roker and Matt Lauer will make cameo appearances in the upcoming film "Sharknado 2."
Annie Martn
Jerry Sandusky's wife: victims 'were manipulated, and they saw money'

Jerry Sandusky's wife: victims 'were manipulated, and they saw money'

March 12 (UPI) -- Dottie Sandusky spoke with "Today" show host Matt Lauer, saying she still believes her husband is innocent of the sex abuse charges that put him in prison.
Aileen Graef
Keri Russell: 'The Americans' premiere will be steamy and incriminating

Keri Russell: 'The Americans' premiere will be steamy and incriminating

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Keri Russell stopped by the "Today Show" Wednesday morning to dish on "The Americans" ahead of its return to the small screen.
Veronica Linares
'Today' show stars go barefaced for 'Love Your Selfie' series

'Today' show stars go barefaced for 'Love Your Selfie' series

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- "Today" hosts Matt Lauer, Kathy Lee and Al Roker, among others, appeared on camera without makeup for No Makeup Monday during Love Your Selfie week.
Annie Martin
Bob Costas gets one last 'red-eye' ribbing from Matt Lauer

Bob Costas gets one last 'red-eye' ribbing from Matt Lauer

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Matt Lauer couldn't resist taking one last jab at pink-eye afflicted Bob Costas before the end of the Olympics.
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Bode Miller interviewer slammed for intrusive questions

Bode Miller interviewer slammed for intrusive questions

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- NBC can go overboard on the emotion in covering the Olympics, and many are saying a reporter went too far in her interview with skier Bode Miller.
Gabrielle Levy
NBC's Bob Costas returning to Winter Olympics anchor desk

NBC's Bob Costas returning to Winter Olympics anchor desk

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Broadcaster Bob Costas is returning to host NBC's Winter Olympics coverage after missing six days with an eye infection, the network announced Sunday.
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
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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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