Lara Spencer

Published : Sep 17 2013 | Modified : Nov 10 2016

Born in June 19, 1969, is a co-anchor on ABC News’ Good Morning America since 2011. Before that, she anchored of CBS’ The Insider from 2003 to 2011. However, Lara 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. In her interview with Wall Street Journal , Spencer said that her coach was the one who suggested that she gets into sports reporting. She “gave it a shot” on the school TV station, she said that being on TV is similar to being on the pitch, as an athlete, you get no second chances.

Lara Spencer married, divorce, salary, net worth, affair, nationality

Quick facts

Marital Status Married
Profession Journalism
Husband David Haffenreffer
Children She has two children
Date of Birth June 19, 1969
Nationality American
Employer GMA
Height 1.68 m
Birth Sign Gemini
Net Worth $6 million
Alma Mater Pennsylvania State University
Marriage Date 30-09-2000
Divorced Date 18-06-2015
Birth Place United States
Ethnicity White

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 live in Los Angeles, California. Haffenreffer was a CNN journalist, but he switched careers to real estate.

Amicable divorce:

They divorced in June 2015. The two had an amicable split. About their split they said that they had to end their marriage after a lot of thought, care and consideration, they said that they love and respect each other as well as their 2 children, their daughter Kate, 11, and their son Duff, 14, they said also that their children will be their top priority and they will be raised seeing both of their parents. She even had to give up her second job in 2009 when Duff was born. She said that this was a tough decision as she is very fond of this show.

David has been the caregiver for their kids while Larra was the breadwinner. Although David comes from means, Lara earned a lot more, she had some down with his parents as well.

Haffenreffer graduated from Saint Lawrence University in 1990 and American University in 1993. He works for Houlihan Lawrence now as a brokerage manager in Connecticut.


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. Spender who is a Primetime Emmy nominee was nominated for her Reality Program for Antiques Roadshow.

She said that for she to get the job, she called them and asked them to consider her as a host, she said that she drove her butt up to Boston and they hired her, she saw an opportunity and she took it. She frequently appeared on The View between 2013 and 2015 and appeared on Rachael Ray over 30.

Trump's controversy:

November 2015, Spencer found herself in a controversy when Trump visited the GMA set, did Spencer really sit on the Republican presidential nominee’s lap?

She insisted that she was standing next to him while he was seated, she said hello and welcome him for visiting them for the first time since his candidacy.

Hip replacement:

When Lisa opened up about her future procedure, she mentioned that 10 percent of hip replacements are done before 50.

She said that she took a long time for her to realize that this is an immanent procedure that has to be done now, not later, she thought that this was an old person's problem and she is still 27, she thought, she was actually 47, it was not easy but someone has to deal with his problems. She said that if you don't want to think about it then you won't be able to fix it, she mentioned that she is terrified as well from this surgery, she mentioned that this goes up in her family, if you are athletic, then you will have to do it younger.

She said that she feels for everyone with chronic pain and knows how it affects them emotionally, physically and mentally.She regrets that she ignored it until it became this bad. After recovery, her team welcomed her back after finally relieving years of chronic pain. She said on her comeback that she had missed her team a lot, she said that she is so happy to be back. When they asked her how she feels, she said that she feels great, she is walking unassisted, she thanked them for their love and support. She even joked about not wearing heels just yet.

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