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Matt Lauer has been co-anchor of NBC News’ TODAY since January 6, 1997. He joined TODAY in January 1994 as the show’s news anchor. From September 1992 to September 1996, Lauer was at WNBC in New York City where he served as a co-anchor of the early morning newscast “Today in New York” and as a co-anchor of the early evening newscast “News Channel 4/Live at Five.” 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 remarkable and newsworthy interviews. In November 2010, he sat down with President George W. Bush in his first one-on-one television interview since leaving The Oval Office. The in-depth interview, which was conducted over two days in Midland and Dallas, Texas, made worldwide headlines. Lauer has also sat down with President Barack Obama in several exclusive one-on-one interviews since the November 2008 election. In March 2010, he spoke with the President in his first one-on-one interview after signing the historic health care reform package. In an exclusive headline-making interview in June 2010, Obama told Lauer he wanted to know, “whose ass to kick,” regarding the devastating oil spill in the Gulf. In September 2010, Lauer talked to the President about the state of education in America.

Lauer interviewed President George W. Bush three times while in office, including a pivotal sit-down on the eve of the Republican National Convention August 2004. Lauer also traveled to Alaska to interview then-Gov. Sarah Palin in her first interview after the 2008 election. In April 2009, Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama broke his silence and sat down with Lauer in his first interview after he was held hostage at sea by Somali pirates. After the death of Michael Jackson in June 2009, Lauer went inside Neverland Ranch for a rare, behind-the-scenes look inside the private world of the King of Pop. Lauer also talked with Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales in June 2006, in their first-ever American television interview to commemorate the tenth anniversary of their mother, Princess Diana’s, tragic death.

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Other Lauer exclusives include first lady Michelle Obama in her first interview since the State of the Union address in February 2010; former senior advisor to President Bush, Karl Rove; Michael Douglas’ first interview after his son’s prison sentence for drug charges, and later, Douglas’ first television interview since undergoing cancer treatment; and Elizabeth Edwards’ first television interview since separating from her husband, John Edwards.

Lauer has also broadcast several landmark split-editions of TODAY from newsworthy locations. In December 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 September 2007, Lauer took an in-depth look at Iran, broadcasting live from its capital, Tehran. In June 2007 he traveled to Cuba for a rare opportunity to broadcast live from that country. Lauer also co-anchored TODAY from Iraq in August 2005, hosting the show from Baghdad’s “Camp Liberty” where he interviewed General Richard Myers. In May of 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.

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During his TODAY tenure, Lauer has conducted numerous news making interviews.

In June 2005, Lauer sat down with Tom Cruise for an interview that garnered a tremendous amount of attention for Cruise’s response to Lauer’s questions about scientology and psychiatry. In November 2002, Lauer sat down with eleven crewmembers from Flight 63, the trans-Atlantic flight that Richard Reid, a.k.a. the “shoebomber,” targeted in December 2001. The interview aired in four parts, on TODAY, and a full-hour on “Dateline NBC.” When Operation Iraqi Freedom began 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. In April 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. Lauer also sat down exclusively with Amber Frye and Anne Bird who were both involved in the Scott Peterson investigation. In January 1998, he sat down for the first interview with first lady Hillary Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal made headlines. Lauer has also contributed to coverage of live, special events and news stories such as coverage of the past eight Olympic Games, the passing of Pope John Paul II in April 2005, and broadcast network coverage of President Ronald Reagan’s funeral in June of 2004. Lauer will also report for “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”

For what has become one of TODAY’s trademark series, Lauer has broadcast live from remote locations around the world for the “Where in the World is Matt Lauer” annual trip. His trips have taken him to 44 different locations, logging nearly 300,000 miles. In the spring of 1998, Lauer reported from 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. In 1999, his week-long adventure took him to Mount Everest, aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt stationed in the Adriatic Sea, to the Coliseum in Rome and to the Great Wall of China. In 2000 he covered more than 39,000 miles, stopping at the Kilauea volcano in Hilo, Hawaii, Bilbao, Spain, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Pisa and Florence in Italy and Iceland. For the 2001 trip, his stops included Machu Pichu, Peru, an oilrig off the coast of Scotland, Paris, Bangkok and Mykonos, Greece. 2002 found Lauer in Rio, Scotland, an escape in the Amazon, Marrakech/Rose City, the temples of Angkor Wat and jet setting in Monaco. In 2004, he reported from a Mombo Camp in Botswana, on the alps of Zermatt, Switzerland, the Red Square in Moscow, Hong Kong and Necker Island: Sir Richard Branson’s private island. In 2005, he traveled to Easter Island, Panama Canal, the slopes of Innsbruck, Austria, Shanghai, China, and Dubrovnik, Croatia. In 2007, Lauer visited the Boeing Factory in Seattle, Washington, the Cliffs of Moher in Galway, Ireland, Bhutan, Dubai and Capetown and in 2008 he journeyed to Patagonia and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Laos, Southeast Asia, Istanbul, Turkey and the final stop The Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

Prior to joining WNBC, 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.

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Photos: Matt Lauer's memorable moments on TODAY

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  1. Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel returned to the TODAY show for Matt Lauer's birthday on Dec. 30, 2013. (Peter Kramer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Matt Lauer gets his beard trimmed live on air to celebrate the end of "No Shave November" on Dec. 2, 2013. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Matt Lauer bundle up before the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28, 2013. (Eric Liebowitz / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Matt sat down with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother in an interview that aired Nov. 19, 2013, in which Ford admitted his flaws, but blasted his critics and insisted he was fit to serve. Ford, who has admitted to smoking crack cocaine and driving drunk, called the actions "very few isolated incidents." (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Matt, along with TODAY's other male anchors, grew a beard during "No Shave November" on Nov. 11, 2013. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker wear fake beards on Oct. 31, 2013. (Peter Kramer / NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Matt dresses as C.J. Parker, the iconic character played by Pam Anderson in "Baywatch," on TODAY's Halloween show on Oct. 31, 2013. (Charles Sykes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Matt tries out a pair of skis on the plaza on Oct. 29, 2013, as TODAY starts counting down to the Sochi Olympics in February on NBC. (Carlo Allegri / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Matt wears fox ears as he watches Ylvis perform on TODAY on Oct. 11, 2013. (Cindy Ord / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Matt Lauer sat down with Miley Cyrus on the TODAY show Oct. 7, 2013, for a conversation in which the singer said she'd heard that "old" people, like those over 40, "don't have sex anymore." Upon learning that Matt was 55, Miley added: "Oh, well then, you're really, definitely, not sexual." (Peter Kramer / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Matt with Robert De Niro on the TODAY show on Sept. 13, 2013. (Nbc Newswire / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Matt gets pierced by his secret Santa gift from Savannah -- a cactus -- on Dec. 14. 2012. (TODAY) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Matt sits with Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker to host the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 22, 2012. (Eric Liebowitz / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Matt appears on the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together fundraiser that benefitted Red Cross relief efforts on Nov. 2, 2012. (Heidi Gutman / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Matt "surfs" his way to Studio 1A in style on Oct. 26. (Peter Kramer / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Matt Lauer strolls with Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. on Oct. 4, 2012. (Mark Harnack / Facebook / Mark Harnack/Facebook) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Matt Lauer recreates the iconic photo of Michael Jordan's incredible dunk, in a segment which aired on TODAY on Aug. 14, 2012. () Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Meredith Vieira comes back to join Matt during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Dave Hogan / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Matt takes a photo with Savannah, Natalie and Al high above London from the London Eye on July 31, 2012 while there covering the Summer Olympics. (Dave Hogan / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Matt offers a warm welcome to Savannah Guthrie on her first official day as co-anchor on July 9, 2012. (Peter Kramer / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Justin Bieber helps Matt join Twitter on June 15, harnassing the power of the young star's social reach: "I want to find out the power of Bieber," Matt said. (Peter Kramer / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Matt shares a tender moment with Howard Stern on May 10, 2012. (Peter Kramer / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Matt Lauer chats with actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who stayed in character while promoting his film, "The Dictator," on May 7, 2012. (Peter Kramer / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Matt joins Savannah Guthrie and Amy Robach in Studio 1A for a laugh on April 20, 2012. (Charles Sykes / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Matt Lauer sat down with Lindsay Lohan on March 1 to talk about her high-profile years in the spotlight. Lohan told Matt, "I regret the choices that I've made, but I'm grateful for where I am today because of them." (Peter Kramer / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. TODAY turns 60! Matt lines up with the show's talent, past and present, to celebrate its 60th anniversary episode on Jan. 13, 2012. (Peter Kramer / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Matt poses with the team at the Edison Ballroom in New York to celebrate the 60th anniversary of TODAY on Jan. 12, 2012. (Heidi Gutman / NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Matt welcomes Ann Curry on her first day as official co-anchor on June 9, 2011. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Matt hugs Meredith Vieira during her final show on June 8, 2011. Watch his emotional send-off here. (Brendan McDermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Matt carries the Olympic flame during the Olympic torch relay in Burnaby, British Columbia, on Feb. 11, 2010. (Darryl Dyck / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Matt talked with Kanye West on TODAY about the comments he made regarding Pres. George W. Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina. The former president became visibly angry in an earlier interview with Matt when asked about West, who said after Katrina that Bush "didn't care about black people." Bush called it "one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency. West responded in November 2010 that "it's just not right" to label someone as a racist in a moment of emotion. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Matt talked with former President George W. Bush in his first one-on-one television interview since leaving the Oval Office. In the November 2010 interview, Bush defended the use of waterboarding and expanded surveillance programs as "necessary" and pushed back at his critics. "This may sound strange to you, but I really don't care about perceptions at this point in time. I served. I gave it my all. And I'm a content man," Bush said. (Peter Kramer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Matt as Luke Skywalker and Meredith Vieira as Princess Leia, from "Star Wars," pose during TODAY's annual Halloween show in 2009. (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Matt interviewed Elizabeth Edwards in May 2009 in her first TV interview since separating from her husband, John Edwards. She talked about her kids, the lessons she taught them and how she wished to live for eight more years to see her son through high school. She later died of cancer in December 2010. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Matt spoke with British Princes Harry, left, and William as they walk on the grounds of their London residence, Clarence House, in May 2007. In their first American television interview, the princes spoke about coping with the death of their mother, Princess Diana. They said their grieving process has been a long one, bereft of "peace and quiet" because of nonstop media attention. (NBC) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Miss Piggy popped out of a cake to surprise Matt during the co-anchor's 10th anniversary show in 2007. She serenaded him and gave him a kiss! (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Matt Lauer dressed as Herman Munster to celebrate TODAY's Halloween Monster Bash in 2007. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Singer Britney Spears poses with Matt during an interview at which she talked about motherhood and the tabloids criticism of her in June 2006. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Matt reads to children from Promesa ll Institute during Jumpstart's "Read for the Record", a national campaign to set a Guinness world record for the largest shared reading experience ever in August 2006. (Jumpstart via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Matt laughs with Meredith as she surprises him by smearing frosting from a cake on his nose during her first day on TODAY, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 in New York. Watch the funny moment at the end of this clip. (Jason DeCrow / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Matt conducted an interview with Amber Frey in a special "Dateline NBC" in January 2005. Frey recounted her romantic relationship with Scott Peterson, who was recently convicted of the murder of his wife Laci and his unborn son, in intimate detail. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Matt and Al treat the audience to their fine singing during Destiny Child's performance on the Toyota Concert Series stage in July 2005. (Evan Agostini / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Matt has sat with hundreds of politicians and celebrities, but his interview with Tom Cruise in June 2005 generated headlines heard round the world. The discussion got heated when Matt asked the actor about his views on psychiatry and the use of medicine to treat mental conditions. Tom had previously spoken out against actress Brooke Shields, who said she used both to fight postpartum depression. "She doesn't understand the history of psychiatry," Tom told Matt, calling it a "pseudoscience." (Virginia Sherwood / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. From Humpty Dumpty to Herman Munster, from Batman to Superman, Matt has pulled off some great Halloween characters. In this photo from 2004, Matt dressed up as Paris Hilton, Katie Couric was Donald Trump, Al Roker was Oprah Winfrey and Ann Curry, right, was Tina Turner. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Matt shakes hands and poses for pictures with soldiers following a TODAY broadcast in March 2003 at Camp As Saliyah in Doha, Qatar, the site of the United States Central Command. (Carlo Allegri / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Former TODAY hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel appeared on the show with Matt and Katie Couric during a three-hour retrospective to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary on Jan. 14, 2002. (Stuart Ramson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Matt interviewed President Bill Clinton live from Public School 96 in New York in June 2000, where the saxophone player made remarks about the importance of music to students. Matt's chatted with all three sitting presidents during his time on the broadcast. (Paul J. Richards / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. In year two of his "Where in the World" tour, Matt landed on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Ionian Sea. During the May 1999 broadcast, Matt talked to members of the Air Force, including Captain David R. Bryant, who were en route to rejoining NATO operations in Yugoslavia. (U.s. Navy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Matt and Ann talk to fans outside the TODAY studio at Rockefeller Center in September 1999. He's greeted hundreds of thousands of fans over the past 15 years. (Evan Kafka / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Six days before then-first lady Hillary Clinton was scheduled to appear on TODAY, news broke that an investigator was looking into claims that President Bill Clinton had committed adultery with Monica Lewinsky and that he had urged her to lie about it in a sworn affidavit. In an interview with Matt, Hillary delivered a forceful defense of her husband, calling the claims part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy." (NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Matt Lauer and the TODAY team reported live from the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx in 1998 as part of the inaugural broadcast of the "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" series. His first trip was so successful that he went on nine more throughout the years. (NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Matt stands with Bryant Gumbel on TODAY's set in studio 1a in New York City in December 1996. Matt took over as co-anchor when Gumble left the show in January 1997 after 15 years. () Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Matt Lauer assumed the anchor chair Jan. 6, 1997, and it's been quite the ride since. He's interviewed three sitting presidents, broadcasted from seven Olympic Games and circled the world more than 10 times. Click through images of his most iconic moments.

    Before becoming co-anchor of TODAY, Matt was the show's news anchor. Here he shares a moment during an undated live broadcast with Tom Brokaw and former show co-anchors, Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel. (NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
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