Matt Lauer agreed to a contract extension to continue on as the co-host of NBC’s “Today.”
Despite a reported plummet in Lauer’s popularity, following the departure of co-host Ann Curry, the network came to the conclusion that losing him would only lead to a ratings decline.
Following the contract renewal, NBC and Lauer released statements.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with Matt’s decision,” NBC News President Deborah Turness said. “As I’ve said many times before, he’s the best in the business, and there is nobody I would rather have in the “Today” anchor chair than Matt.”
I consider this the best job in broadcasting,” Lauer said. “I love the people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”
In 1979, after graduating from the School of Media Arts and Studies of Ohio University, Lauer began his career in television, working as a producer for the 12:00 news on WOWK-TV in West Virginia. One year later, he became an on-air reported for the station’s 6:00 and 11:00 airings. From there, Lauer went on to appear on several different weekly news programs, including “PM Magazine,” “Made in New York” and “Talk of the Town.”
From 1992-1996, Lauer worked with WNBC-TV, co-anchoring “Today in New York” from Sept. 1992 until Sept. 1994, and “Live at Five” from Aug. 1993 until Sept. 1996.
While working at WNBC-TV, Lauer established a relationship with NBC News as their fill-in anchor for “Weekend Today” and “NBC News at Sunrise” beginning in 1992. The next year, Lauer was named as fill-in anchor for the “Today.”
On June 13, 1994, Lauer was officially named as news anchor for “Today” and continued on in the role for three years before his 1997 promotion to “Today” co-anchor.
In addition, Lauer co-hosted the opening ceremonies for several Olympic Games, including the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2010 Winter Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics. Lauer also covered the 2014 Winter Olympics, filling in for prime-time host Bob Costas after he was sidelined with a major eye infection.
Lauer was married to television producer Nancy Alspaugh from 1981 to 1988. In 1998, he married his current wife, Annette Roque. The couple has three children together, Jack Matthew, Romy, and Thijs.
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