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Matt Lauer fired: A timeline of his career

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

What You Need to Know: Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer was fired from “The Today Show” on Wednesday, for “inappropriate sexual misconduct,” according to a report from The New York Times.

In January 2017, Lauer celebrated 20 years on the show. Here’s a timeline of Lauer’s career.

1979: Lauer began his television career as a producer of the noon news for WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia. 

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1980: He was an on-air reporter on the 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts at WOWK. 

1980-1984: Lauer hosted a number of weekly information and talk programs in Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. He worked for ESPN and hosted PM Magazine in Providence, Rhode Island.

1986: Co-hosted at WNYW-TV's “Made In New York” with Jill Rappaport; also co-hosted “Fame, Fortune and Romance.”

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1988: Hosted “Talk of the Town” WNEW-TV in Boston.

1989-1991: Lauer hosted a three-hour live interview program, WWOR-TV's “9 Broadcast Plaza.”

1990: Lauer hosted a pilot called "Day In Court.” 

1991: Lauer and Willow Bay co-hosted “Etc., Etc.,” on the Travel Channel.

1992: Lauer moved to WNBC-TV as co-anchor with Jane Hanson of the early weekday news show “Today in New York.”

Photos: Matt Lauer through the years

1992-1993: Lauer filled in as “newsreader” for Margaret Larson on “The Today Show.”

1992-1997: Lauer filled in as co-host on “Weekend Today” and “NBC News at Sunrise.” He substituted for “The Today Show” host, Bryant Gumble.

1993-1996: Lauer and Sue Simmons co-hosted “Live at Five” on WNBC-TV.

January, 1994: Lauer joins “The Today Show” fulltime as news anchor.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: (BROADCAST-OUT) Matt Lauer reports for the NBC TODAY Show in the Rosa Khutor Mountain Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)(Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

January 6, 1997: Lauer is named co-anchor of “The Today Show.” 

1998-2011: Lauer launches “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” on “The Today Show.” The segment had Lauer broadcasting from places around the world, giving clues to his location as viewers were asked to guess where he was.

Since 1998: Lauer has co-hosted NBC's live coverage of the “Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

Since 2000: Lauer has co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

Famous interviews:

June 2005: Actor Tom Cruise got into an argument with Lauer about psychiatry and postpartum depression.

June 2006: Ann Coulter asks Lauer if he was "getting testy with me” over her criticism of 911 widows.

June 2007: Lauer interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.

November 2010: President George W. Bush gave Lauer one of his first one-on-one television interviews since leaving The Oval Office.

November 2015: Lauer interviewed Charlie Sheen when the actor revealed he is HIV-positive. 

September 8, 2016: Lauer conducted separate 30-minute interviews with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. 

From NBC News Matt Lauer Bio: “Other Lauer exclusives include first lady Michelle Obama in her first interview since the State of the Union address in February 2010; former senior advisor to President Bush, Karl Rove; Michael Douglas’ first interview after his son’s prison sentence for drug charges, and later, Douglas’ first television interview since undergoing cancer treatment; and Elizabeth Edwards’ first television interview since separating from her husband, John Edwards.”

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2 Georgia men drown over Father’s Day weekend in separate incidents in Gulf of Mexico

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:09 PM


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Two men from North Georgia drowned in separate weekend incidents off Panama City Beach, police said.

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Eugene Spann, 67, of Atlanta, was declared dead after being pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning, authorities said.

The body of Tony Orlando Jackson, 21, of Cartersville, was found Sunday afternoon about two hours after he was caught by a large wave, according to police.

Police and emergency workers took over life support efforts from bystanders when they found Spann unresponsive on the beach behind a motel short after 11 a.m. He was taken to an emergency room on the beach, where he was pronounced dead.

A search effort involving several agencies eventually found Jackson’s body. Police originally responded to a call about a swimmer in distress about 2:30 p.m.

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Police said surf flags were at the red “high hazard” level when Jackson drowned. That was up from the yellow “medium hazard” designation at the time of Spann’s death.

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Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo dies after double shooting

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:24 PM

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Rapper Jimmy Wopo has died following a double shooting in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood Monday.

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The shooting was reported around 4:20 p.m. near the intersection of Wylie Avenue and Duff Street.

Just after 7 p.m., police said one of the people who had been shot had died, although  initially they did not say if it was Wopo or the other victim.

Wapo’s manager, Taylor Maglin, posted on Facebook, "We lost a great person today, but just know I will do everything in my power to make his memory live on forever."

Police spent more than an hour focusing their attention on a white Mazda SUV that appeared to have bullet holes in the windshield before it was towed away from the scene.

The other man is in stable condition, according to police.

No arrests have been made yet, but police said they believe this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the general public.

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Woman found dead in freezer following husband’s suicide, police say

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:39 PM

Woman Found Dead In Freezer Following Husband’s Suicide, Police Say

Arkansas police officers attempting to notify a woman of her husband’s suicide earlier this month found her body stuffed into a freezer at their home. 

Lori Jean Bruick, 55, of West Fork, died of blunt force trauma, according to a news release from the West Fork Police Department. Her obituary puts the day she died as June 7.

West Fork police officers learned of Lawrence “Larry” Bruick’s apparent suicide June 10 from Logan County sheriff’s deputies, who reported that the 56-year-old took his life about 100 miles away from home near Mount Magazine, police officials said. Officers began trying to contact Lori Bruick at the couple’s home that day to deliver the news.

The officers were unable to make contact with Lori Bruick the following day, either. 

“Officers could see items in the home that led them to believe that Mrs. Bruick was still at home,” the West Fork police’s news release said

The officers forced entry into the home, at which time they found men’s clothing that appeared to have blood on them, the news release said. They also found letters that indicated Larry Bruick was contemplating suicide. 

Evidence of a struggle was found in the couple’s garage, the news release said. Lori Bruick’s body was found in a chest freezer inside the garage, officials said. 

Police officials said investigators do not know what caused the fight that precipitated the slaying. Larry Bruick, whose obituary indicated that he died the day before he was found, was the sole suspect in the homicide, officials said. 

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The couple is survived by two grown children, four grandchildren and a host of other relatives, according to Lori Bruick’s obituary. A joint funeral was held Monday morning, and Lori Bruick is scheduled to be buried Tuesday in her native Texarkana. 

It was not clear if Larry Bruick would be buried alongside her. 

A statement said to be from the family was posted on the Arkansas High School Class of ’81 alumni Facebook page

“The Bruick family has suffered a tragedy and that resulted in loss of life for Larry and Lori Bruick. Many details remain unclear and likely will for some time,” the statement said. “We thank you for and covet your prayers, messages of support, and actions of kindness. As we move forward, we ask that you respect the family's privacy concerning the details of this tragedy as we move through the grieving process.”

One former classmate called the pair a “match made in heaven.”

“Now they get to dance with angels,” Chuck Phillips wrote. “Prayers for the family.”

A memorial video on the funeral home’s website shows photos of the couple with their family in happier times. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations in Lori Bruick’s name to the Washington Regional Medical Center’s patient benevolence fund. 

According to a LinkedIn profile in her name, Lori Bruick was a respiratory therapist there. 

The family asked for donations in Larry Bruick’s name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Crooks pull off $100K ‘Mission: Impossible’-style theft at Best Buy

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:28 PM

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They reportedly came through a hole in the ceiling, rappelling into a Best Buy in Dunwoody, Georgia, like Tom Cruise’s character famously did in “Mission: Impossible.”

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Dunwoody police said the burglars made their way to a secure storage area at the store where Apple products were kept and cleaned it out. The theft, which happened June 8, was worth more than $100,000.

"Someone that comes in, it's a 'Mission Impossible' style burglary," Sgt. Robert Parsons said 

No arrests have been made, and the details of the sophisticated heist from the store near Perimeter Mall have investigators wondering if it was related to similar cases in other states, including Texas.

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