Matt Lauer

2009 Excellence Honoree

Matt Lauer has been co-anchor of NBC News’ TODAY since Jan. 6, 1997. He joined TODAY in January 1994 as news anchor. From September 1992 to September 1996, Lauer was at WNBC-TV, the NBC television station in New York. There he served as a co-anchor of the early morning newscast TODAY in New York from September 1992 until September 1994, and as a co-anchor of the early evening newscast News Channel 4/Live at Five from August 1993 until September 1996. He began substituting on TODAY as a news anchor in early 1993 before becoming the permanent news anchor in 1994.

Since joining NBC News, Lauer has conducted a number of newsworthy interviews. In 2007, for their first American television interview, Lauer talked with Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death. Additionally, Lauer conducted an exclusive interview with New Jersey Gov. John Corzine after his near fatal car accident, and traveled to Cuba for a rare opportunity to broadcast live from the country. In January 1998, he sat down for the first interview with then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal made headlines. In April 2000, Lauer marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon with an interview with former P.O.W. and Arizona Sen. John McCain, live from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

In August 2005, Lauer co-anchored TODAY from Iraq, hosting the show from Baghdad’s Camp Liberty, where he interviewed Gen. Richard Myers and U.S. troops. Lauer co-anchored a special split show in May 2004 when TODAY became the first American television network to broadcast live from the border of North and South Korea. In November 2002, Lauer interviewed crewmembers from Flight 63, the trans-Atlantic flight that Richard Reid, a.k.a. the “shoebomber:’ targeted in December 2001. When Operation Iraqi Freedom started in March 2003, Lauer contributed live reports from Qatar, the region that served as a staging area for American forces in the preparations for war. Lauer gave TODAY viewers first-person reports from this critical battleground. In August 2004, on the eve of the Republican National Convention in New York City, Lauer secured an exclusive interview with President George W. Bush. This news-making interview covered topics including Bush’s strategies for campaigning in key battleground states, the war against terror and the mindset of the Mideast. Lauer also contributed lo coverage of live, special events and news stories such as coverage of the Olympic Games, the passing of Pope John Paul II in April 2005 and broadcast network coverage of President Ronald Reagan’s funeral in June 2004.

For what has become one of TODAY’s trademark series for the past decade, Lauer has broadcast live from remote locations around the world for the “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” annual trip. His trips have take him to 39 different locations, logging nearly 250,000 miles. The inaugural trip in 1998 took Lauer to the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Grand Canal in Venice, the Parthenon in Athens, the Taj Mahal in India and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Since then, he has reported from such locations as the Great Wall of China, an oil rig off the coast of Scotland, Red Square in Moscow and Easler Island.

Prior to joining WNDC ·TY, Lauer hosted a daily, live, three -hour interview program, 9 Broadcast Plaza, in New York from 1989 to 1991. Before that, his experience included hosting a number of weekly information and talk programs in Boston, Providence and Richmond. Lauer’s path to success made a stop in Philadelphia during a stint with NDC10.

Lauer began his career in 1979 as a producer of the noon news on WOWK -TV in Huntington, W.Va. In 1980, he was a reporter on the station’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. Lauer is a graduate of Ohio University. He lives in New York with his wife, Annette Roque Lauer, their sons, Jack and Thijs, and daughter, Romy.