Matt Lauer


Matt Lauer Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Matt happens to share the same birthday as his co-anchor Meredith Vieira on Today. Matt is four years younger.

    • Matt attended the funeral of fellow news anchor Tim Russert.

    • While working for NBC news, Matt has filmed 5 public service announcements for The More You Know campaign. His topics were parental involvment in school, family communication, volunteerism, teacher recruitment, and reading.

    • On two seperate occasions, tensions have escalated during interviews Matt Lauer has conducted. In June 2005, Tom Cruise got into a heated argument with Matt about psychiatry. In June 2006, an interview with Ann Coulter turned sour, when Coulter took offense to Matt's questioning her criticism of the September 11, 2001 widows.

    • In 2002, in a rather surprising move, Matt Lauer changed his hairstyle from a full head of hair to a buzzcut. Immediately after, Matt Lauer received substantial media attention and also became the butt of many on-air pranks from his Today co-hosts.

    • Matt Lauer began his reporting career in 1979 as a producer for the noon newscast for WOWK-TV of Huntington, West Virginia.

    • Matt schooled at Ohio University, but was four credits short of graduating from the university in 1979.

    • Matt's father's side of the family is of the Jewish religion.

    • Matt was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Sexy at every age, Age 48"

    • Matt married Nancy Alspaugh in 1981. They got divorced in 1988. They had no children.

    • Matt has a mild case of color blindness.

    • Matt won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program for the 1998 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    • Matt signed a contract on April 11, 2006 which will provide him a salary of $13 million until 2011. It is expected that is the year Matt will leave Today.

    • Matt was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.

    • Matt stands tall at 5 feet 11 inches or 1.80 millimeters.

    • Today partner Katie Couric left Today in 2006 after being partners with Matt for 10 years.

    • Matt got married to Annette Roque on October 3, 1998. They have had three children together, a daughter named Romy and two sons, named Jack Matthew Lauer and Thijs Lauer. Jack Matthew Lauer, was born on June 26, 2001. Jack is Lauer's first child with wife Annette Roque. His birth weight was 7 lb 3 oz. Matt had to leave the Today show in the middle of the broadcast to join his wife for the birth of his son. Thijs was born on November 28, 2006 weighing 7 lbs., 4 oz.,

  • Quotes

    • Matt Lauer: (on Katie's farewell from "Today") I'm going to miss Katie (Couric) more than I think anyone knows. This is the one person who has sat by my side every single day, basically. We do know what each other is thinking and can complete each other's sentences.

    • Matt: I get letters from women, and they say, 'I love your Roman nose.' If I weren't on TV and I walked past that same woman, she'd go, 'Did you see the beak on that guy?'