Lara Spencer

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Lara Spencer
Lara Spencer May 2014.jpg
Spencer in May 2014
Born Lara Christina Von Seelen
(1969-06-19) June 19, 1969 (age 49)
Garden City, New York, U.S.
Education Garden City High School
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University
Occupation Television journalist
Height 5'9.5"
David Haffenreffer (m. 20002015)
Children 2

Lara Christine Von Seelen[1] (known professionally as Lara Spencer) (born June 19, 1969)[2] is an American television presenter. She is best known for being the co-anchor for ABC's Good Morning America.[3] She is also a correspondent for Nightline and ABC News. Previously, she was the host of the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine The Insider from 2004 to 2011, and was a regular contributor to CBS's The Early Show.[4] Before then, she was the national correspondent for Good Morning America and spent several years as a lifestyle reporter for WABC-TV. She also hosted Antiques Roadshow on PBS for the 2004 and 2005 seasons,[5] and Antiques Roadshow FYI, a spin-off of Antiques Roadshow, during 2005. She hosts the show Flea Market Flip on both HGTV and the Great American Country channel.

Spencer announced in January 2018[6] that she was engaged to tech entrepreneur Rick McVey. In April 2018, Spencer announced she would be only appearing on GMA three days a week to focus on her television producing.[7]


Spencer grew up in the New York suburb of Garden City, Long Island,[2] where she graduated from Garden City High School in 1987.[8] She attended Pennsylvania State University on an athletic scholarship[8] for springboard and platform diving and was a nationally ranked competitive diver. She was named an All American Athlete in 1991,[9] her senior year, and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.[10][11]

Following college, Spencer went into the NBC page program where she would volunteer to work with other reporters in order to gain experience. From there, she landed a position at the CBS affiliate WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she "was literally a one-man band", serving as reporter, producer, editor, cameraman and news-van driver. A year later, she joined News 12 Long Island and two years following that she was anchoring the 3 AM newscast for WABC-TV.[12] While there, she covered the TWA Flight 800 crash, which was considered her big break.[12][13] She then joined ABC's Good Morning America in 1999 as a national correspondent.[3]

Spencer married former CNNfn journalist David Haffenreffer on September 30, 2000 at St. Andrew's Dune Church in an Episcopal ceremony.[1] The couple have two children, Kate (2004) and Duff (January 22, 2002).[14] They lived in the Riverside[15] section of Greenwich, Connecticut, before moving to Los Angeles in 2008.[citation needed] In March 2015, the couple announced that they had separated[14] and they were divorced in June 2015.[16]

In 2014, Spencer was named grand marshal at Penn State's Homecoming 2014.[9]

In 2017, Spencer hosted the limited series People Icons.[17]

Television producer[edit]

Spencer was the creator and executive producer of the prime time game show, It's Worth What?, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, which aired during the summer of 2011 on NBC.[18]

Spencer has also created and produced two shows based on her passions for interior designing, which were a one-hour special titled I Brake for Yard Sales that originally aired in April 2012 on HGTV, and a flea market-themed television series currently airing on Great American Country called Flea Market Flip.[19]

Other work[edit]

Spencer's first book, titled I Brake for Yard Sales, a guide on how to create high-end looking rooms using second hand finds, was published and released in April 2012.[20] In September 2013, she along with Chris Harrison hosted the 87th Miss America pageant at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which Spencer had replaced Brooke Burke-Charvet. The pageant was broadcast on ABC on September 15, 2013.[21] She later returned to co-host Miss America 2015 with Harrison on September 14, 2014.[22] Her second book, titled Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures, a guide on designing rooms and homes, was published and released on September 16, 2014.[23]


  1. ^ a b "WEDDINGS; Lara Spencer, David Haffenreffer". New York Times. October 1, 2000. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Lara Spencer". Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Sherwood, Ben (2011-03-17). "Lara Spencer, Insider Co-Anchor, Joins Good Morning America". Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (2011-03-17). "Lara Spencer Leaving 'The Insider' for 'Good Morning America' - The Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "2012-13 Penn State Women's Swimming and Diving Yearbook". Retrieved 2016-09-13. 
  6. ^ "'Good Morning America' host Lara Spencer engaged to Rick McVey". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  7. ^ "Lara Spencer Is Stepping Away From Role at "Good Morning America"". Good Housekeeping. 2018-04-16. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  8. ^ a b Ricapito, Maria (December 15, 2014). "How I Got Here: 'Good Morning America' Cohost Lara Spencer Explains Her Career Path". Marie Claire. Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Lara Spencer to be grand marshal at Homecoming 2014" (Press release). Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lara Spencer Biography". 2013. Archived from the original on November 24, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Blaschak, Kate (1996-01-31). "Coach scores Brownie points". The Digital Collegian. Archived from the original on 20 March 2001. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Needleman, Sarah E. (2009-09-29). "Lara Spencer and 'The Insider'". The Wall Street Journal. New York: Dow Jones. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Johnson, Jill (February 2012). "Firmly Anchored". Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Smith, Stephanie (March 21, 2015). "Lara Spencer Splits From Husband After 15 Years of Marriage: Details". New York Post. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ Costagregni, Susie, "Antares party raises funds for Greenwich YMCA", headline for "The dish with susie" column in The Advocate (Stamford) of Stamford, Connecticut, May 13, 2007, page 2
  16. ^ "GMA's Lara Spencer Finalizes Divorce". Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  17. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie (14 February 2017). "From Will and Kate to Sexiest Man Alive: Lara Spencer to Host New Series Inspired by Iconic PEOPLE Covers". Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "'It's Worth What?': NBC Sets Premiere Date". The Hollywood Reporter. June 8, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  19. ^ "'Flea Market Flip': Lara Spencer on her new HGTV show and her top 4 treasure-hunting tips". Entertainment Weekly. September 28, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  20. ^ "I Brake for Yard Sales: and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster [Paperback]". April 1, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Chris Harrison, Lara Spencer to Host Miss America 2014". ABC News. May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  22. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy (August 14, 2014). "Miss America 2015: Judges include N.J.'s Gary Vaynerchuk". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures by Lara Spencer - 9781617690952 - Paperback - Barnes & Noble". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Brooke Burke
Miss America co-host with Chris Harrison
Succeeded by
Brooke Burke