Born in June 19, 1969, Lara Christine von Seelen grew up in Garden City, Long Island which is a suburban area in New York City. She is an expert in diving and studied at Penn State University on an athletic scholarship she received for platform and springboard diving. She was exceptional in diving and named All American Athlete and she also is a national rank holder. She received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast journalism from the Penn State University. She married David Haffenreffer in the year 2000. He is a former CNNfn journalist. They married in an Episcopal ceremony held in St. Andrew’s Dune Church. They have two children and live in Los Angeles, California.
Lara Spencer started her career in journalism as a page at NBC through which she piled up invaluable experience working at many of the programs on the network. After her one year stint as page, she started working at the sales department of NBC, but later on shifted to a local television station situated in Chattanooga, Tenn. She served as reporter, newscaster, and editor there. She then moved to 12 Long Island, an ABC affiliate situated in New York City. Her lifestyle feature named Life Around Here with Lara Spencer was a big hit and it made her the regular contributor for Good Morning America.
She later got the opportunity to host the Antiques Roadshow on PBS television, which she did for two consecutive years. She later launched the popular entertainment program ‘The Insider’ in 2010, which was a big competitor to Entertainment Tonight. She quit from the show after two years. She subsequently joined GMA as lifestyle editor in 2011.
Spencer has also produced shows on television. Her first appearance as executive producer and creator is seen in the NBC game show ‘It’s Worth What?’. She has also produced shows based on interior design and news casting for HGTV. These include a one hour show that started in April 2012 and a flea market show, Flea Market Flip.
Spencer has also written a book titled ‘I Brake for Yard Sales’, which is a guide for designing high end spaces with second hand products. It was published in the year 2012. Lara lives in a Hollywood Hills house dating back to 1961. She has decorated it on her own and also has a trampoline in her backyard.