Matthew Todd Lauer Biography
Matthew Todd Lauer is a former American television news anchor who is mostly remembered for his work with NBC News. His first major national exposure came while working as the news anchor for The Today Show from 1994 to 1997, following his work as a local news personality for WNBC in New York City. From 1997 until 2017, he co-hosted the NBC Today show after switching from the news desk to the host’s chair. He also frequently contributed to Dateline NBC, an evening news magazine.
Matthew Todd Lauer Education
At the age of 39, in 1997, Lauer graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree after attending the school’s Scripps College of Communication, School of Media Arts and Studies. When he was hired as a producer of the midday broadcast for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia, in the spring of 1979, he earlier left the same college to start his television career. He started working as an on-air reporter for the station’s newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. by 1980.
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Lauer joined NBC in 1992 serving as a co-anchor of the early weekday news program Today in New York on the network’s New York flagship station WNBC. After a year, he also took over Sue Simmons’ position as co-anchor of Live at Five, eventually assuming the position permanently and giving up the morning shift by 1994. Maurice DuBois took over his spot on Today in New York after him. Up until 1996, Lauer continued to host Live at Five. With NBC News, Lauer would soon have a lot of possibilities thanks to his appearances on camera. From 1992 through 1993, Lauer occasionally filled in for Margaret Larson as the newsreader on The Today Show. While continuing to co-host Today in New York and Live at Five during this “audition” phase, he was able to join The Today Show as a news anchor on a full-time basis in January 1994.
From 1992 until 1997, Lauer filled in for Ann Curry as the anchor of the NBC News program NBC News at Sunrise and for Scott Simon, Mike Schneider, and Jack Ford as the co-host of Weekend Today. On NBC Nightly News, he had also stood in for Tom Brokaw. Before being made the formal co-host on January 6, 1997, after Bryant Gumbel stepped down, he previously filled in for Gumbel as the Today Show’s news anchor. In addition to his responsibilities on The Today Show, Lauer also hosted shows on MSNBC and Discovery Channel.
Where in the World is Matt Lauer? was a five-day, global journey that Lauer undertook from 1998 through 2011 on the Today Show during television sweeps. The theme song for the segment was taken from the PBS game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Lauer was taken on an international tour for this program, where he reported on the significance of each destination. Bhutan, Easter Island, the Panama Canal, Iran, Hong Kong, Croatia, and the Great Wall of China were among the places he aired from. Given the weak and uncertain state of the American economy in 2011, NBC News decided to postpone the segment.
Matthew Todd Lauer Career
Lauer conducted interviews on a few occasions that resulted in tense arguments. Tom Cruise and Matt Lauer clashed about psychiatry and postpartum depression during their interview in June 2005, when Cruise referred to Lauer as “glib.” In December 2008, Cruise expressed contrition over the conversation.
Both of Lauer’s 30-minute interviews with presidential contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on September 8, 2016, drew harsh criticism. Critics claim that Lauer appeared to rush through audience-driven themes like domestic terrorism attacks and veterans’ affairs, hinting that there was not enough time to fully discuss these. Lauer devoted a large portion of the Clinton interview to queries regarding her email server. Many believed that Lauer should have pressed Trump on his purported errors, such as his claim that he was “completely opposed to the war in Iraq,” which was referred to as “lies” by other sources. According to CNN, the interviews were conducted with little advance warning, took place quickly, and received few audience questions which were a major reason for the poor reviews.
On November 30, 2016, it was made public that Lauer had extended his deal through 2018. His annual pay, according to Variety, is $20 million. A look back at some of Lauer’s most memorable appearances on The Today Show was part of the celebration of his 20th anniversary on the program on January 6, 2017.
Matthew Todd Lauer Age
Matthew Todd Lauer Height
Todd stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches and has a weight of about 72 kgs.
Matthew Todd Lauer Family
According to Finding Our Roots on the Today Show, Lauer’s father was of Romanian Jewish ancestry. Lauer stated: “My father was a Jew. My mother isn’t. I was not raised anything. I am now motivated to look for spirituality. That has something to do with being married and wanting to have children.”
Matthew Todd Lauer’s Wife
From 1982 to 1989, Lauer was wed to television producer Nancy Alspaugh. They didn’t have any kids. He later wed Dutch model Annette Roque, whom he had met in July 1997 on a blind date. After dating Roque for five months, Lauer popped the question, and on October 3, 1998, the couple wed in Bridgehampton, New York. Son Jack (born June 26, 2001), daughter Romy (born October 2, 2003), and son Thijs are their three children (b. November 28, 2006). Roque filed for divorce from Lauer in 2006 while expecting her son Thijs, citing Lauer’s “mental abuse, tremendous mental and emotional suffering, humiliation, torture, and anxiety.” They made up a few weeks later. After almost two years of separation due to Roque’s 2017 sexual harassment charges, Lauer and Roque finalized their divorce on September 7, 2019, after nearly two years of separation.
Matthew Todd Lauer Salary
He filled in for Margaret Larson as The Today Show’s newsreader from 1992 to 1993. Following that, he worked for NBC on a variety of projects. He finally signed a contract on November 30, 2016, for a yearly compensation of $20 million.
Matthew Todd Lauer’s Net Worth
Todd has an estimated net worth of $ 80 million which he has accumulated throughout his career as a journalist.
Matthew’s Sexual misconduct allegations
After a female NBC employee who shall remain nameless claimed that Lauer had sexually harassed her during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and that the harassment continued after they returned to New York, NBC News announced on November 29, 2017, that Lauer’s employment had been terminated.
NBC News chairman Andrew Lack delivered a memo to his workers that included the following: “We received a thorough allegation on Monday night about Matt Lauer’s inappropriate workplace behavior from a coworker. Although there has never been a complaint about his behavior in the more than 20 years he has been at NBC News, there are some indications that this may not have been a one-off occurrence.” Because Lauer was let go “for cause,” a network executive stated he wouldn’t get paid in any way. His contract was supposed to last through the end of 2018.
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