Lara Spencer wakes up at 345am weekdays for her job as one of the Anchors of Good Morning America. So, on weekends, you'd think she'd cherish the time to sleep in--yet--on any given Sunday morning at the crack of dawn, you might catch a glimpse of her flea marketing with her little girl, trolling for treasures for interior design projects like the one she just completed for her pal, comedienne Kathy Griffin. Lara says it's her mom's fault (isn't everything a mom's fault?), but in this case, it's a good thing.
When Spencer was young, the family budget was not nearly as rich as her mom's interior design style, so she figured out (and taught Lara) how to create ravishing rooms using second-hand finds. Lara discovered early on that 50 dollars, a good eye and a little elbow grease go a long way at a yard sale!
The youngest of five children, Spencer attended Penn State University on an athletic scholarship for springboard and platform diving. She was captain of the Division One team her senior year and was also named an All American Athlete that same year.
Lara graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and began her television career in the prestigious NBC Page Program. (Think "Kenneth" on 30 Rock). Sporting the iconic Blue Blazer and khaki skirt, she gave tours of 30 Rockefeller Center, in exchange for priceless training in the myriad of departments at the network. She was hired out of the program by NBC's Sales department, but it was news reporting she wanted to pursue, and made the leap when she got a job the following year at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, TN as a "one man band." Reporting, shooting, editing, and producing her own pieces, it was training that would serve her well when she moved on to News 12 Long Island, and then WABC-7 Eyewitness News in New York City. In addition to covering hard news, Spencer lent her creative writing and producing style to a daily lifestyle report called "Life Around Here with Lara Spencer." Good Morning America noticed, and made her a regular on the broadcast. It was during this time that Spencer began hosting Antiques Roadshow, got married and had two great kids (if she does say so herself).
In 2004, Spencer was offered the opportunity to launch The Insider, an entertainment news magazine show she has since hosted for seven successful seasons filled with movie stars, fashion, and all things pop culture. She left the show in May 2011 to come back home to ABC NEWS, and what she calls her dream job.
2011 has also been a good year for Spencer behind the camera --- she had an idea for a TV show based on her yard saling roots that she brought to Merv Griffin Entertainment, and is now about to become a prime time game show on NBC. Spencer is the creator and Executive Producer of "It's Worth What", hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, which will debut this summer. She is also Executive Producing two shows for HGTV, and has a decorating book, "I Brake For Yard Sales", being published by Abrams Books in April 2012. When she isn't on camera, producing, writing, or dumpster diving--ahem--treasure hunting--she loves taking hikes with her husband and kids, playing hoops with her son Duff, and drawing with her daughter Kate. She is an avid Tennis Player, and is very close with her brothers, sisters, and of course her mom, who taught her everything she knows about "hunting".