Lara Spencer

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Garden City, New York

Lara Christine von Seelen, also known by her professional name Lara Spencer, is an American TV host. She is most well-known for her role as a co-host on “Good Morning America.” The program, which mostly consists of news, interviews, and weather forecasts, is one of the most popular morning programs in the United States. It has been awarded many Emmys. She was also the creator and executive producer of the television game show “What’s It Worth?” The show centered on the price and worth of objects and aired for only one season. She has also served as a correspondent for the late-night program Nightline and ABC News. In 2012, Lara Spencer wrote and released the book “Brake for Yard Sales.” Several years later, she wrote her second book, Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures. In 2013, she hosted the 87th Miss America competition, which was held in New Jersey.

Lara Spencer’s Career

After completing her education, Lara Spencer joined the NBC page program, where she gained experience working alongside other reporters. Soon after, she was able to secure a position at WDEF-TV. She was not only a reporter, but also a producer, editor, cameraman, and even the driver of the news van.

Several years later, she also began anchoring the 3 AM newscast on WABC-TV. As a national correspondent for the ABC network’s ‘Good Morning America’ morning show, she rose to prominence.

The program, which debuted in November 1975, is one of the longest-running and most popular morning shows in the United States. Donald Perris and William F. Baker created it. The sitcom has received numerous accolades, including multiple Emmys. She was soon promoted to co-host of the show, which propelled her to new heights of national fame.

In 2004 and 2005, she presented the American television program Antiques Roadshow. The program, which has aired since 1997, has achieved considerable popularity. It has been nominated fourteen times for an Emmy. In this series, owners of antiques present their pieces to specialists who discuss their history and worth.

She invented and co-produced the game show It’s Worth What? which focuses on the cost and value of various products. It broadcast from June to September of 2011 for a single season.

She authored and released her first book, I Brake for Yard Sales, the following year. It was a guide to building upscale rooms using just used items. It was made available in April 2012. She launched her second book, Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures, two years later.

It was a guide on room and house design.
In 2013, she co-hosted the 87th Miss American pageant at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Her Personal Life

Spencer was born on June 19, 1969, in New York to parents Richard and Carolyn von Seelen. She attended Garden City High School and Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

In 2000, she married David Haffenreffer, with whom she had two children. However, in 2015, following 15 years of marriage, the pair split.

Estimated Net Worth

American television newswoman Lara Spencer has a net worth of $20 million. Lara Spencer rose to prominence as a news anchor on television programs such as Good Morning America, Nightline, and ABC News.

At the height of her hosting career, she earned $3 million annually. In addition, since 2018, Lara has been married to financial executive Richard McVey, who is valued between $600 and $700 million due to his MarketAxess ownership.