Lara Spencer

Published : Sep 17 2013 | Modified : Nov 10 2016

Born on June 19, 1969, Lara Spencer has been a co-anchor on ABC News’ Good Morning America since 2011.  She anchored CBS’ The Insider from 2003 to 2011.   Lara grew up in Garden City, Long Island, a suburb of NYC.  She is an expert diver, studying  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 pursue sports reporting. She “gave it a shot” on the school TV station, she commented 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 , is a national rank holder, and named an All American Athlete.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast journalism from Penn State University.  She married David Haffenreffer, a former CNN journalist in  2000 in an Episcopalean ceremony in St. Andrew's Dune Church.   

Amicably divorced in June 2015, the couple  they ended their marriage after much thought, care and consideration,    They  continue to love and respect each other and are united in their highest priority on raising heir 2 children,  Kate, 11,  Duff, 14.   Lara made a difficult decision to leave her second job in 2009 when Duff was born.  David has been the primary caregiver for their children while Larra has been the breadwinner.  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  began her career in journalism as a page at NBC gaining invaluable experience working at many of the programs on the network. After her first year as a page, she began working at the sales department of NBC,  later  shifting  to a local television station situated in Chattanooga, Tenn.   She worked as a reporter, newscaster, and editor. She later 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  hit and made her a regular contributor to "Good Morning America."

She  hosted  the "Antiques Roadshow" on PBS television for 2 years and  launched the popular entertainment program "The Insider"  in 2010,  a major competitor to "Entertainment Tonight".   Two years later she joined GMA as a lifestyle reporter.


Spencer has  produced several shows for  television. Her first appearance as executive producer and creator  was on the NBC game show ‘It’s Worth What?’. She produced shows based on interior design and news casting for HGTV. including a one hour show that started in April 2012 and a flea market show, Flea Market Flip.

Spencer published  a book in 2012,  entitled ‘I Brake for Yard Sales,"  a guide for designing high end spaces with second hand products.    Lara lives in a 1961 built Hollywood Hills house that she has decorated herself, complete  with a trampoline in her backyard.

Spencer was a Primetime Emmy nominee  for her reality program,  "Antiques Roadshow."    She asked the producers  of that show to consider her for role of host.   She saw the opportunity and took it.  She frequently appeared on "The View" from 2013 - 2015 and appeared on the "Rachel Ray" show numerous times.


Trump's controversy:

In 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, saying "hello" and thanking him for appearing on GMA.

Hip replacement:

Lara revealed that she would undergo hip replacement surgery at her young age after enduring years of chronic pain. She  mentioned that 10 percent of hip replacements are done before 50.

It  took her a long time for her to realize that she needed to have this procedure as she thought that this was an old person's problem .  She eventually had to come to terms with the need to have the procedure, though she felt terrified of it.   She has great empathy for persons with chronic pain and she knows how it affects them mentally, emotionally and physically.   She regretted the long period when she ignored the pain and suffered needlessly.  

On her comeback from the surgery, Lara reported that he  had missed her team and was so happy to be back. When they asked her how she feels, she said that she feels great, she is walking unassisted, and she thanked them for their love and support. She even joked about not wearing heels just yet.

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