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Matt Lauer

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 1996. He was previously a news anchor in New York City 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 City, the son of Marilyn Kolmer, a boutique owner, and Jay Robert Lauer, a bicycle-company executive. Lauer is of Romanian-Jewish 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 co-host 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.

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Paula Deen Challenge:  Hit Me With a Rock And Kill Me

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- 1048 days ago
Man Slashes Wrists During Live 'Today' Show Broadcast

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- 1060 days ago
Kathie Lee Gifford -- If Matt Lauer Leaves 'Today' ... We'll Revolt!

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- 1076 days ago
Savannah Guthrie Flips Off Matt Lauer -- Your Vacuum Joke SUCKS!

Savannah Guthrie
FLIPS OFF Matt Lauer Your Vacuum Joke Sucks!

Matt Lauer definitely got the finger from co-host Savannah Guthrie this morning ... live on 'Today' ... only question is -- which finger?During a segment on vacuum cleaners ... Matt cracked, "By… READ MORE >

- 1129 days ago
Matt Lauer vs. Anderson Cooper: Who'd You Rather?

Matt Lauer vs. Anderson Cooper
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- 1131 days ago
Matt Lauer -- I'm Down with Anderson Cooper Replacing Me on 'Today'

Matt Lauer
I'm Down w/ Anderson Replacing Me on 'Today'

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- 1131 days ago
Matt Lauer -- Un-Vailed in Colorado

Matt Lauer
Un-Vailed in Colorado

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- 1166 days ago
'Today' -- Where In the World Is Matt Lauer ... Seriously

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