Lara Spencer Biography

Lara Spencer is an American TV presenter known for co-hosting the show 'Good Morning America'. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: June 19, 1969

Nationality: American

Famous: TV Presenters American Women

Age: 51 Years, 51 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Gemini

Also Known As: Lara Christine von Seelen

Born in: Garden City, New York, United States

Famous as: TV Anchor, Journalist

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Females


Spouse/Ex-: David Haffenreffer (m. 2000–2015)

father: Richard von Seelen

mother: Carolyn von Seelen

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Pennsylvania State University

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Lara Christine von Seelen, professionally known as Lara Spencer, is an American TV presenter. She is best known for her work as a co-host in the morning show 'Good Morning America'. The show, which mostly features news, interviews, and weather forecasts, is one of the most watched morning shows in America. It has won multiple Emmy Awards. She also created and served as the executive producer of the television game show 'It's Worth What?' The show focused on the cost and value of items, and aired just for one season. She has worked as a correspondent in the late night show 'Nightline' and 'ABC News' as well. Lara Spencer wrote and published a book titled ‘Brake for Yard Sales' in 2012. A couple of years later, she published another book 'Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures'. She also hosted the 87th Miss America pageant in 2013 which was held at New Jersey.

  • After completing her studies, Lara Spencer joined the NBC page program, where she worked with other reporters in order to gain experience. Soon she managed to earn a position at the channel WDEF-TV. She not only worked as a reporter, but also had to do the work of a producer, editor, cameraman and even a news-van driver. A few years later, she also started anchoring the 3 AM news for the channel WABC-TV. She came to the limelight after she joined ABC network’s morning show ‘Good Morning America’ as a national correspondent.
  • The show, which had started running in November 1975, is one of the longest running and most popular morning programs in the US. It was created by Donald Perris and William F. Baker. The show has won several awards including multiple Emmys. Soon, she was promoted to a co-host of the show, which catapulted her to new heights of national popularity.
  • She also hosted the 2004 and 2005 seasons of the American TV program ‘Antiques Roadshow’. The show, which has been airing since 1997, has gained a lot of popularity. It has been nominated for the Emmy fourteen times. The series features owners of antiques bringing in items to experts who talk about its history and value.
  • She created and served as a co-producer of ‘It’s Worth What?’, a game show focusing on the cost and value of items. It aired in 2011, from June to September, covering only one season.
  • The following year, she wrote and published her first book ‘I Brake for Yard Sales’. It was a guide on creating high-end looking rooms with just second hand finds. It was released in April 2012. After two years, she published her second book ‘Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures’. It was a guide on designing rooms and homes.
  • In 2013, she co-hosted the 87th Miss American pageant which took place at the Boardwalk Hall, situated in Atlantic City in New Jersey.
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Personal Life
  • Spencer was born in New York, on 19th June 1969 to Richard von Seelen and Carolyn von Seelen. She studied at Garden City High School, and later at Pennsylvania State University, from where she graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism.
  • She married David Haffenreffer in 2000 and had two children with him. However, in 2015, the couple divorced after 15 years of marriage.

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