Lara Spencer

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Lara Spencer is most famous Journalist best known for co-hosting Good Morning America. A former host of entertainment newsmagazine The Insider, Spencer is a correspondent for ABC News and Nightline as well. She is a TV producer and has also penned a couple of books.

Quick Facts About Lara Spencer

Name Lara Spencer
Birth Name Lara Christine Von Seelen
Profession TV Journalist
Gender Female
Birthday June 19, 1969
Age 48 Years Old
Star Sign Cancer
Place of Birth Garden City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Father Richard Von Seelen
Mother Carolyn Von Seelen
High School Garden City High School
University Pennsylvania State University
Marital Status In Relationship
Boyfriend Rick McVey
Husband David Haffenreffer (2000-15)
Children Duff Haffenreffer and Katharine Haffenreffer
Best Known For Good Morning America
Working For ABC News

Lara Spencer was a competitive diver during her college days

Lara was born on June 19, 1969, as Lara Christina Von Seelen, in Garden City, New York. Her father, Richard Von Seeken worked as a president of the North American Division of the knitwear manufacturer, Pringle of Scotland. Her mother's name is Carolyn, with whom she has always been very close.

Lara Spencer during her college days photographed with her platform diving coach

She studied at Garden City High School and graduated in 1987. A former competitive nationally ranked diver, Spencer then joined Pennsylvania State University on an athletic scholarship for springboard and platform diving.

During her senior year at Pennsylvania, she was named All-American Athlete. She graduated in Broadcast Journalism in 1991.

Lara Spencer's journey from WABC-TV's lifestyle reporter to GMA co-anchor

Right after graduation, Lara Spencer began assisting various NBC reporters in an attempt to gain valuable experiences. Thereafter, she joined Chattanooga, Tennessee-based CBS affiliate WDEF-TV, where she worked from various positions such as reporter, producer, cameraperson, editor and even news-van driver. This got her named as the "one-man band" at the station.

Lara Spencer's bubbly personality in Good Morning America.

Then, her work station was News 12 Long Island for next two years, until she left to anchor 3 am newscast on WABC-TV.  It was during her stint with WABC-TV when she covered the death of Princess Diana and TWA Flight 800 crash. It is considered the turning point of her career.

In 1999, she joined Good Morning America as a national correspondent and remained there till 2004. From 2004 to 2011, she hosted CBS News' entertainment newsmagazine The Insider and was also a regular contributor to The Early Show.

She returned to GMA in 2011 as a lifestyle anchor and got promoted to regular co-anchor in 2014.

Know Lara Spencer's net worth and GMA salary

Lara has parlayed her passion for flea market in books and TV

Lara Spencer has a life-long passion for interior designing and love for vintage treasures. She hosted PBS's Antiques Roadshow from 2004 to 2005 and also hosted its sister series Antiques Roadshow FYI in 2005. 

Lara Spencer collecting vintage goods from the flea market

She released a book entitled I Brake For Yard Sales in April 2012. It was also documented as a one-hour-special entitled Brake For Yard Sales on HGTV at the same time. Her first attempt to guide people to create high-end looking rooms with second-hand finds was successful. 

Currently, she hosts another flea market-themed show titled Flea Market Flip, of which she is also an executive producer. The show airs both on Great American Country channel and HGTV. She released her second book, Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures in 2014. 

Lara Spencer co-parents two children with ex-husband

Lara was married for a long time to David Haffenreffer, a real estate broker, and a journalist. They announced their separation in March 2015 and got divorced three months later. The couple stated that the split was amicable and they would raise their kids together.

Lara Spencer's family photo. The photo featured her ex-husband David Haffenreffer, son Duff and daughter Kate.

It seems like Lara has been in a relationship with a Wall Street financier Rick McVey for about a year. The two were spotted together on a dinner date at famous Lure restaurant in New York City in January 2017. But, neither of them has publicly commented on their relationship status.

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