News

Where were you in '92? TODAY anchors share their amazing '90s photos

On this Halloween morning, the TODAY anchors time-traveled back to the '90s, reliving some of our favorite pop culture moments.

Closed Captioning
apply | reset x
font
size
T
T
T
T
color

TODAY Halloween: '90s edition! See the costume reveals, with 'TRL' host Carson Daly

Play Video - 8:59

TODAY Halloween: '90s edition! See the costume reveals, with 'TRL' host Carson Daly

Play Video - 8:59

More video

We loved seeing Matt, Savannah and the gang channel the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Demi Moore, and Steve Urkel. Which got us thinking...what were our fearless anchors were up to in the 90s? Were they dancing the Macarena? Rocking flannel shirts? Guzzling Zimas?

RELATED: Totally '90s! See TODAY's Halloween costume reveal on the plaza

We decided to find out, and as a bonus, received some amazing photos! To quote '90s icon Joey Lawrence: “Whoa!”

Matt

In the early '90s, Matt was anchoring at New York's local NBC station, WNBC. With wit, charm, and a great head of hair, there was no question Matt was going places.

WNBC
Matt anchoring WNBC's "Live at Five" with Jane Hanson in 1993

It wasn't long before he traveled across the street to newsread for TODAY, eventually becoming anchor when Bryant Gumbel stepped down in 1997.

Savannah

Savannah graduated from the University of Arizona in 1993, with a degree in journalism. She put that degree to good use with a weekend anchor gig at a local station in Columbia, Missouri, later moving back to her hometown of Tucson, Arizona to report at the NBC affiliate there.

Savannah Guthrie
Savannah looking glamour-shot gorgeous!

While she loved TV, her other passion was the law. She took a brief detour to go to law school, but it turns out, she just couldn’t quit television! Savannah eventually returned to the airwaves, setting herself on the path to TODAY!

Closed Captioning
apply | reset x
font
size
T
T
T
T
color

See the TODAY show open get an awesome '90s revamp!

Play Video - 0:28

See the TODAY show open get an awesome '90s revamp!

Play Video - 0:28

Al

It’s no secret that present-day Al Roker juggles a million things: weather, interviews, travel, cooking, selfies, and breaking world records. But '90s era Al Roker? Not so different. In the early '90s, Al was a busy guy, doing the weather for New York’s WNBC, while also appearing on Weekend TODAY, and occasionally filling in for Willard Scott on TODAY during the week.

WNBC
Al Roker was the mayor of Rockefeller Plaza, even back in the '90s.

He took over as TODAY’s weatherman in 1996, telling viewers around the country what was happening in their "neck of the woods."

RELATED: 'TRL' is back — for Halloween! See Carson Daly channel the '90s as MTV host

Tamron

The ever-stylish Tamron Hall graduated from Temple University in 1992, and immediately began her TV career, reporting for KBTX and KTVT in Texas. By the mid '90s, she had moved to Chicago, where she made her name as a journalist.

Willie

Where was Willie Geist in 1992? Let's let him tell you:

Willie Geist
Is that you, Anthony Michael Hall? No, it's Willie Geist!

"The year was 1992. The guy in the red Jeep was 17. No, that’s not beloved actor Anthony Michael Hall in his 'Sixteen Candles' years — it’s me, Willie Geist. I got my license that year as a junior in high school, and I often got the keys to my mom’s 1984 Jeep CJ-7. Sure, there was no power steering, the floors were rusted out, and first gear was shot, but gangly Geist never felt more free.”

Carson

Carson Daly gained nationwide fame in the late '90s, hosting MTV’s “Total Request Live.” But at the beginning of the decade, he was just a kid graduating from high school.

Carson Daly
Carson looking cool on high school graduation day

He went college for a brief period, then tried to turn pro in golf. But it was an internship for Jimmy Kimmel’s morning radio show that he credits with giving him the start of his career in entertainment.

Closed Captioning
apply | reset x
font
size
T
T
T
T
color

Look back at some of the best TODAY Halloween extravaganzas (and Matt in drag)

Play Video - 1:54

Look back at some of the best TODAY Halloween extravaganzas (and Matt in drag)

Play Video - 1:54

Kathie Lee

This Halloween, Kathie Lee Gifford, with Hoda Kotb by her side, went to back to her '90s roots, revisiting her iconic partnership with Regis Philbin, in a role-reversing way.

Getty Images
The dynamic duo: Regis and Kathie Lee!

From 1988 to 2000, Regis and Kathie Lee were the king and queen of daytime television, with millions tuning in each morning to watch “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” Celebrity interviews, playful banter, and family stories were the hallmarks of this cherished talk show. Fans were devastated when Kathie Lee left the show in 2000, but with Regis’ visits to TODAY’s 4th hour, we never really had to say goodbye to one of our favorite 90s duos.

RELATED: Kathie Lee and Hoda go retro as ... Regis and Kathie Lee for Halloween!

Hoda

For most of the 90s, Hoda was anchoring the news at WWL, a local CBS station in her beloved New Orleans. She clearly made an impression there, as several years ago, one New Orleans publication called her, “one of the most fascinating and endearing personalities to ever grace local broadcast news.”

Hoda Kotb
Hoda at the WWL anchor desk in New Orleans. (Is she aging in reverse?)

Hoda would go on to become a Dateline correspondent, and later on TODAY, find her partner-in-crime in Kathie Lee Gifford, but it’s clear a piece of her heart has always been in New Orleans.

Hoda Kotb
A happy Hoda in New Orleans

Dylan

Who is this middle schooler with the big glasses and an even bigger smile?

Dylan Dreyer
That's Dylan?!

It’s our very own Dylan Dreyer! In 1992, Dylan was in 5th grade. She tells us, “I just switched from Catholic school to public school because public school had a more advanced math program. Nerd? Indeed.”

What were you up to in the '90s? Leave us a fun photo in the comments!

  • Slideshow Photos

    TODAY

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    The TODAY anchors have created some memorable costumes and themes over the past two decades. Check out some of the highlights.

  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    1996 -

    Bang. Zoom! In 1996, Matt Lauer dressed like Ed Norton and Al Roker went as Ralph Kramden from "The Honeymooners." TODAY's first Halloween was two years earlier, in 1994 — flashback to that celebration and see the costumes here.

    TODAY
  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    1997 -

    Flintstones, meet the Flintstones! Matt Lauer played Fred from the modern stone age family. Al Roker played his sidekick Barney. Katie Couric was actress Mae West and Ann Curry was Cleopatra.

    TODAY
  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    1998 -

    Matt Lauer was Gilligan and Al Roker was The Skipper from the TV show "Gilligan's Island." Ann Curry played Wonder Woman and Katie Couric was Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz."

    TODAY
  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    1999 -

    Yeah, baby, yeah! Matt and Al dressed up as Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, while Ann and Katie were Pocahontas and Peter Pan.

    TODAY
  • 2000: J-Lo and Puff Daddy, Lucy of 'I Love Lucy,' Joan of Arc

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2000 -

    Matt Lauer dressed as pop sensation Jennifer Lopez and Al Roker as Sean "Puffy" Combs. In the book "From Yesterday to Today: Six Decades of America's Favorite Morning Show," Matt recalled: "It was a little risky for me as the kind of new guy, trying to create news chops, walking out in this plunging neckline and mini dress. But it was fun." Hear Matt talk about his greatest TODAY Halloween costumes.

    TODAY
  • 2002: Siegfried and Roy, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Statue of Liberty

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2002 -

    Matt and Al as animal tamers Siegfried and Roy. 

    TODAY
  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2003 -

    Matt Lauer and Al Roker as the music duo Simon and Garfunkel in front of a giant reproduction of the "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" album cover. See some of Matt Lauer and Al Roker’s greatest Halloween outfits here.

    TODAY
  • Image: TRUMP COURIC

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2004 -

    Katie Couric as Donald Trump, who joined to give his signature "You're Fired" exclamation from "The Apprentice." 

    AP
  • Associated Press Domestic News New York United States Entertainment PEOPLE ROKER LAUER

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2004 -

    Al Roker as Oprah Winfrey and Matt Lauer as Paris Hilton. In the book "From Yesterday to Today: Six Decades of America's Favorite Morning Show," Roker said, "I looked like Isabel Sanford, who was Weezy on 'The Jeffersons'...I didn't look like Oprah. It's amazing that whenever she sees me she says hello."

    AP
  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2005 -

    Holy rappelling heroes! Matt Lauer and Al Roker make their grand entrance on Rockefeller Plaza as Batman and Robin.

    TODAY
  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2005 -

    The TODAY show went for a Hollywood theme in 2005. Ann Curry dressed as Audrey Hepburn, Al and Matt went as Batman and Robin, and Katie Couric dressed as Marilyn Monroe. (There was also an upside-down man!)

    TODAY
  • AP A NY USA PEOPLE TV TODAY

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2006 -

    It was pirates and divas in 2006. Matt Lauer as Captain Jack Sparrow and Al Roker as Davy Jones from "Pirates of the Caribbean." Ann Curry as Cher, Meredith Vieira as Bette Midler, and Natalie Morales as Madonna.

    AP
  • Image: The NBC Today Show Celebrates Halloween

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2006 -

    Al Roker as Davy Jones.

    Getty Images
  • Image: NBC "Today" Show Halloween Monster Bash

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2007 -

    TODAY celebrated with a monster bash in 2007. The TODAY hosts and correspondents dressed up as the main characters from the classic TV sitcom "The Munsters," with Meredith as Lily, Matt as Herman, Al as Grandpa, Hoda as Marilyn, Natalie as Eddie and Tiki as the family's favorite dragon, Spot.

    Getty Images
  • Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2007 -

    Matt aces Herman Munster's laugh.

    AP
  • Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2008 -

    The TODAY show group dressed up as some favorite children's book characters. Ann Curry as Cinderella, Al Roker as the Gingerbread Man, Meredith Vieira as Pinocchio, Matt Lauer as Humpty Dumpty, Hoda Kotb as Little Red Riding Hood, Kathie Lee Gifford as the Big Bad Wolf and Amy Robach as Rapunzel.

    AP
  • Matt Lauer

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2008 -

    Dressed as Humpty Dumpty, TODAY’s Matt Lauer takes a great fall. The celebration was dubbed “Once Upon a Halloween.”

    AP
  • Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2008 -

    Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood.

    AP
  • NBC's "Today" Hosts Annual Halloween Show

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2008 -

    Correspondent Jill Rappaport and Host Al Roker share a funny moment.

    ,

     

    Getty Images
  • Ann Curry, Hoda Kotb, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Natalie Morales

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2009 -

    The Force was with the TODAY show in 2009. The hosts clearly enjoyed their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raid George Lucas’ treasure chest and become “Star Wars” characters. Ann Curry as Darth Vader; Al Roker as Han Solo; Matt Lauer as Luke Skywalker; Meredith Vieira as Princess Leia; Hoda Kotb as Yoda; Kathie Lee Gifford as C3PO; and Natalie Morales as Queen Padme Amidala.

    AP
  • Image:

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2009 -

    Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

    TODAY
  • Image: 2010 NBC's "Today" Halloween Episode

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2010 -

    In 2010, TODAY took a break from the news business to throw a pop culture party. Fans and a chilly Rockefeller Plaza crowd alike got a chance to go Gaga, catch Bieber Fever, and gawk at two high-flying legends. From left, Superman (Al Roker), Justin Bieber (Natalie Morales), Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey), Megamind (Will Ferrell), Amelia Earhart (Ann Curry), and Lady Gaga (Meredith Vieira). 

    Getty Images
  • Image: 2010 NBC's "Today" Halloween Episode

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2010 -

    TODAY's Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall (President Obama) celebrate Halloween on the Plaza.

    Getty Images
  • TODAY hosts, along with Tina Fey and Will Ferrell display their costumes at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2010 -

    Kathie Lee and Hoda re-enact a famous scene from "I Love Lucy." 

    Today.com
  • Image: NBC's "Today" 2011 Halloween Celebration

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2011 -

    Traditional Halloween orange turned a royal hue on the Plaza in 2011 when the TODAY crew recreated the pomp of Will and Kate's royal wedding. Matt Lauer and Ann Curry as the regal bride and groom, Al Roker as royal brother Prince Harry, former host Meredith Vieira as Queen Elizabeth, Natalie Morales as Kate’s vivacious sister Pippa, and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as Beatrice and Eugenie, royal daughters of Prince Andrew and Fergie.

    Getty Images
  • Image: Image: NBC's "Today" 2011 Halloween Celebration

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2011 -

    Matt Lauer and Ann Curry as the royal bride and groom. "The royal wave is like this?” Curry said in rehearsals. “I don’t know how to do it, so I’m going to go, 'Hey guys!'"

    Getty Images
  • Image: NBC's "Today" 2011 Halloween Celebration

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2011 -

    Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed up as Beatrice and Eugenie, royal daughters of Prince Andrew and Fergie. 

    Getty Images
  • Image: NBC's "Today" Halloween 2013

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2013 -

    TODAY anchors took a trip into the past and dressed up as characters from TV shows of yesteryear. 

    Getty Images
  • Image: Today - Season 62

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2013 -

    Guest star Carmen Electra with TODAY's Willie Geist pay homage to the hit '90s show "Baywatch."

    NBC
  • Image: NBC's "Today" Halloween 2013

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2013 -

    Al Roker, as Mr. T from "The A-Team," along with Kathie Lee and Hoda as Betty and Wilma from “The Flintstones.”

    Getty Images
  • Image: NBC's "Today" Halloween 2013

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2013 -

    TODAY's Carson Daly, left, and guest star Erik Estrada appeared as highway cops from "CHiPs." 

    Getty Images
  • Image: Today - Season 62

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2013 -

    Look at those cute roommates on their way to work at Shotz Brewery! TODAY's Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales made dreams come true as Laverne and Shirley.

    NBC
  • Today - Season 64

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2014 -

    Live, from New York ... it's "Saturday Night TODAY!" Pictured: (l-r) Peter Alexander, Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, Lester Holt, Al Roker, Julia Sweeney, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager, Meredith Vieira, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. See their reveals here.

    TODAY
  • Today - Season 2014

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2014 -

    Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb as Wayne and Garth of "Wayne's World" fame. It was terrible...NOT. See it here.

    TODAY
  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2014 -

    Matt Lauer played the androgynous Pat, complete with his/her nasal voice. See it here.

    NBC
  • Willie Geist, Tamron Hall

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2014 -

    Willie Geist and Tamron Hall showed school spirit as the Spartan cheerleaders. See their awesome skit here.

    AP
  • Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2014 -

    Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave scary a whole new meaning with a re-creation of the "Mom Jeans" digital short. 

    NBC
  • Today - Season 64

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2014 -

    Lester Holt and Al Roker gave a mini-concert as The Blues Brothers. See their rendition here.

    TODAY
  • Natalie Morales

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2014 -

    Natalie Morales played dramatic Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher, with Molly Shannon's blessing. Watch her hysterical performance here.

    AP
  • Image: NBC's "Today": Spooktacular Costume Party

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2015 -

    TODAY anchors went nuts in 2015 when they took on the characters from "Peanuts." Pictured (l-r): Meredith Vieira, Willie Geist, Carson Daly, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. See their reveal here.

    WireImage
  • Carson Daly, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, Hoda Kotb

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2015 -

    Linus (Carson Daly), Marcie (Natalie Morales), Peppermint Patty (Tamron Hall), Charlie Brown (Al Roker), Sally (Savannah Guthrie), Lucy (Matt Lauer), and Snoopy (Hoda Kotb). 

    Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
  • Image:

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2015 -

    Just like in the comic strip, Matt Lauer's Lucy had a big crush on Willie Geist's Schroeder. 

    TODAY
  • Image: Matt Lauer as Lucy and Al Roker Charlie Brown

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2015 -

    Matt as Lucy and Al as Charlie Brown. See how they pulled off the amazing transformation here.

    TODAY
  • Image: Hoda Kathie Lee Halloween Show.

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2015 -

    Hoda and Kathie Lee in their "Peanuts" getups. Regis Philbin joined as Snoopy's WWI Flying Ace. Check out some of their antics here.

    TODAY
  • Image:

    Looking back at 20 years of Halloween on TODAY

    of

    2015 -

    Savannah Guthrie as Charlie Brown's little sister, Sally, and Matt Lauer as Lucy. 

    TODAY
0:00
 
0:00
Your video begins in
0:00
TOP