Lara Spencer was named a co-anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in March, 2011. This is Spencer’s second return to “GMA.” She was previously the show’s National Correspondent for 5 years, from 1999 to 2004.
In 2004, Spencer launched and began hosting the syndicated entertainment news magazine show, “The Insider.” During her seven seasons there, she interviewed many of the industry’s biggest stars, including Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. She traveled the world for exclusive interviews, such as Athens, Greece, with the cast of “Mamma Mia,” Panama City with the cast of the James Bond film, “Quantum of Solace” and Rome, Italy for the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. She also hosted three primetime television specials for CBS, including the popular “Superbowl’s Greatest Commercials” with Jim Nantz
Spencer began her broadcasting career in the NBC Page Program. Her first reporting job was at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN, where she was, as she calls it, a “one man band”–shooting, reporting, and editing all of her stories. From there, she landed on her home turf when the New York native began reporting for News 12 Long Island.
From 1995 to 1999, Spencer was a reporter and anchor for WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News” in New York City, where she covered breaking stories including the crash of TWA Flight 800 and the death of Princess Diana. But it was her nightly feature, “Life Around Here with Lara Spencer,” that got her noticed by “Good Morning America,” and she was asked to join them while still working at Ch.7 in 1999.
She moved full time to “GMA” the following year, lending her infectious curiosity and writing skills to memorable stories including “50 States in 50 Weeks: In Search of America.” The Emmy-nominated series featured Spencer exploring the diversity of the American states.
In 2003, Spencer signed on as host of the most-watched series on PBS, “Antiques Roadshow,” which she hosted for two seasons, while working for “GMA,” and then “The Insider.” She left when she gave birth to her second child, but it was a dream job for Spencer, who is an avid antique hunter and interior designer. She decorated her friend, comedienne Kathy Griffin’s home in Hollywood, CA, which can be seen in her New York Times bestseller, “I Brake For Yard Sales,” from Abrams Books. Spencer also created and executive produces two shows in the genre for HGTV, and is the creator and EP of “IT’s Worth WHAT??,” a game show featuring amazing finds that aired in the summer of 2011 on NBC. Her hit series “Flea Market Flip,” which pits two teams of avid flea market patrons against each other, is currently in its second season.
She holds charity “Taste Maker Tag Sales” of her vintage finds on the website One Kings Lane and donates all profits to Housing Works, a non-profit that helps those living with HIV/Aids. Spencer is also a passionate advocate for Greenwich Adult Day Care in Connecticut, which helps seniors living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Spencer graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She attended on a full athletic scholarship for springboard and platform diving and was named an All-American athlete in 1991. She is married and a mother to a son and a daughter, Duff and Kate.