Matt Lauer studied communications at Ohio University in Athens but dropped out in 1979 when he was hired for an internship. He earned his degree 18 years later and gave the commencement address during his graduation. Lauer has married twice, first to Nancy Alspaugh and then to model Annette Roque. As of 2015, he has three children with Roque named Jack, Romy and Thijs.
Matt Lauer is the son of Robert, a bicycle company executive, and Marilyn, a former model and boutique owner. His father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, while his mother has English, Scottish, German and Dutch ancestry. Lauer is the grandson of singer Art Gentry, who was part of a popular vaudeville quartet.
Matt Lauer is the longest-serving host of "Today," which he began anchoring in 1994. In 1999 he received a Daytime Emmy Award for hosting the previous year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. People Magazine has chosen him as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. He has appeared in three live-action films playing himself, including "Land of the Lost," "The Beaver" and "Entourage." Other interesting facts include that he is afraid of lightning and vomiting and has a mild case of color-blindness.