Today' Host Matt Lauer

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on January 13, 2002

I would like to know more about Matt Lauer, co-host of the Today show on NBC. Last I heard, he and his wife were expecting a baby.
—Brenda K. Illinois

You may recall a day in June when Matt Lauer left his post at the Today show an hour early because of some business he had to take care of. That business was joining his wife, model Annette Roque, as she gave birth to their son, Jack Matthew, on June 26. Lauer, 44, grew up in Greenwich, Conn., and studied journalism at Ohio University. He left college just four credits shy of graduation to produce the noon news at WOWK in Huntington, W. Va. Years later, he made up the credits and received his degree. In the meantime, his journalism education was hands-on. He worked as a reporter on the evening news at the Huntington station and as an interviewer and host on talk shows and information programs in several cities. Finally, he landed in the media mecca—New York City. After a few years as co-anchor of the local NBC evening news, Lauer began appearing on Today as substitute news anchor. He moved into the co-host spot next to Katie Couric in 1997, when Bryant Gumbel left the show.