Lara Spencer is an American television journalist who has hosted several entertainment and news programs on multiple networks. She is best known for her work on TV shows "Antiques Roadshow," "The Insider" and "The Today Show." Spencer is also a producer, director and author.
Lara Spencer was born Lara Christine von Seelen in 1969 in Garden City, New York. She later attended Pennsylvania State University on an athletic scholarship for competitive diving and was nationally ranked in her sport. She earned a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and worked for several small television news outlets as a writer, producer, editor and crew member before starting her on-air career. Spencer has worked as a correspondent for "Nightline" and "ABC News" and as a co-anchor on "Good Morning America."
Spencer married David Haffenreffer, also a journalist, in 2000. As of 2015, the couple have two children together. Some of Spencer's other work includes hosting game show "IT's Worth WHAT?" and co-hosting Miss America Pageants. She has written two books: "I Brake For Yard Sales" and "Flea Market Flips: Designing Gorgeous Rooms With Vintage Treasures." Spencer has also produced interior design-focused television shows inspired by each of her books.
Spencer's charitable work includes holding online sales to benefit people with HIV and AIDS. She also uses her celebrity to advocate for a non-profit therapeutic Alzheimer's care center in Connecticut.