Matt Lauer is an American broadcast journalist. Lauer began his television career in 1979 as a producer of the noon news for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia. By 1980, he had become an on-air reporter on the 6 and 11 o’clock newscasts. Lauer got his first job in the New York area when he was tapped to host a three-hour live interview program, WWOR-TV’s 9 Broadcast Plaza, from 1989-1991.
While working in New York, Lauer filled in as the newsreader on ?The Today Show? for Margaret Larson when needed from 1992 to 1993. This “audition” allowed him to join ?The Today Show? full-time in January 1994 as news anchor. As the ?Today Show? news anchor, he also stepped in for Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric in the Today Show hosting chair when required before being named the official co-anchor on January 6, 1997, after Gumbel stepped down.