Matrix Monday: Announcing Our Sixth Presenter, Matt Lauer

Announcing Matrix Presenter Matt Lauer, presenting to Savannah Guthrie.

Matt Lauer has been co-anchor of NBC News’ “TODAY” since January 1997. 

During his tenure, Lauer has conducted numerous remarkable and news making interviews including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush,  Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Captain Richard Phillips and a group of the United States citizens who survived Ebola.  He has sat down with other notable figures and celebrities from Tom Cruise, Brett Farve and Tracy Morgan to Paula Deen, Ray Rice and former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.  

Lauer has covered countless breaking news events, including anchoring live coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, 2013 Moore tornado, Hurricane Sandy, and the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. In 2009 he traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to take an up-close look at the progress of the war and talk to US soldiers on the ground.  In 2007, Lauer took an in-depth look at Iran, broadcasting live from its capital, Tehran.  In 2004 “Today” became the first American television network to broadcast live from the border of North and South Korea with Lauer anchoring from the ground.  Lauer has anchored from the past nine Olympic Games and contributed to broadcast coverage of the passing of Pope John Paul II in April 2005 and President Ronald Reagan’s funeral in June of 2004. Lauer reported the attack on the World Trade Center live on-air on September 11th, 2001.

In 2002, Lauer sat down with eleven crewmembers from Flight 63, the trans-Atlantic flight that Richard Reid, a.k.a. the “shoebomber,” targeted in 2001. The interview aired in four parts, on “TODAY,” and a full-hour on “Dateline NBC.”  When Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003, Lauer contributed live reports from Qatar, the region that served as a staging area for American forces in the preparations for war.   In 2000, Lauer marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon with an interview with John McCain, live from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. In 1998, he sat down for the first interview with First Lady Hillary Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal made headlines.  Most recently, in May of 2015 Lauer biked 226 miles in support of Red Nose Day charities, supporting child poverty, raising $323,000. 

Lauer’s “TODAY” trademark series “Where in the World is Matt Lauer” has taken him to 44 different locations around the world, including the Great Pyramids in Egypt., Grand Canal in Venice, Parthenon in Athens, Taj Mahal in India, Mount Everest, and to the Great Wall of China.  As part of his work on TODAY, he received a 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Morning show.  

Prior to joining “TODAY” Lauer served as co-anchor of WNBC’s “Today in New York” and “News Channel 4/Live at Five” from September 1992 to September 1996. 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, Philadelphia, Providence and Richmond.  Lauer began his career in 1979 as a producer of the noon news on WOWK in Huntington, West Virginia. 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.

Lauer is on Twitter @MLauer.