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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lara Spencer is married to boyfriend, Rick McVey!
Lara Spencer started dating tech entrepreneur, Rick McVey nearly after one and a half year of divorce. Rick multi-millionaire Wall Street financier Rick McVey, who chairs an online bond trading company named Marketaxess Holding Inc.
Lara’s son, Duff, from her previous marriage walked her down the aisle. All five of the pair’s combined children gave beautiful readings at the ceremony.
She wore an Adam Zohar wedding gown on her special day. The couple exchanged wedding vows on Saturday in Vail, Colorado, in front of 135 friends and family members.
The pair was first set on a blind date two years back by a mutual friend. After dating for a couple of years, the MarketAxess CEO, who is also a father to three daughters from her previous relationship, proposed to Lara in January.