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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."
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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.
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'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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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