The Perfect Host
Lara has worked her way up the news ladder. From giving tours at 30 Rockefeller Plaza to driving endless hours to cover strawberry festivals and store openings to her current success as co-host of Good Morning America, audiences everywhere relate to her. Lara attended Penn State University on a scholarship for springboard and platform diving, became captain of the varsity team, and was named All American. A working mom of two, her ability to combine her passions for parenting and doing a job she loves, coupled with her professional, down-to-earth style has made her a favorite of organizations around the country to host or moderate their events.
Blue Blood Style On a Blue Collar Budget
When not on the air, Lara Spencer can be found scouring thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets for undiscovered treasures. Her ability to spot potential in even the most sorry-looking of items has earned her a steady and enthusiastic following of design requests, from spearheading giant treasure-hunting adventures at flea markets to full-blown home renovation projects. As a former host of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, she’s seen the gamut of hopeful finds…from the rarest of objects to the simply sentimental. But Lara knows that decoration is a reflection of one’s personality and that it doesn’t need to cost a lot to achieve that. Lara shows you what to look for and gives you easy fix-up ideas that transform not only the items, but the spaces you love.
Lara Spencer was named co-anchor for ABC's Good Morning America in March, 2011. This is Spencer's second time at GMA. She was previously the show's National Correspondent for 5 years, from 1999 to 2004.
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. 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 2004, Spencer launched and hosted the syndicated entertainment news magazine show, The Insider and also hosted the PBS series Antiques Roadshow (2002-2004). In 2010, she created the HGTV show Flea Market Flip which she continues to executive produce and host. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, I Brake For Yard Sales and is currently writing her second book on decorating.
Spencer graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.