As the charismatic and affable co-host of NBC's morning staple, "The Today Show" (1952- ), Matt Lauer became one of America's favorite morning show personalities in the late 1990s, only to watch his reputation and his show's ratings crumble following the messy departure of co-host Ann Curry in 2012. Known for his personable manner, Lauer developed a trusting, but direct interviewing technique which granted him a number of groundbreaking interviews with celebrity and political figures from Tom Cruise and Mark Zuckerberg to George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. During his "Today" tenure, Lauer reported on stories from across the globe for his annual segment, "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" logging more than 150,000 travel miles and reporting from more than 25 different locations around the world. Staying on as host of "Today" after Katie Couric departed the show in 2006, Lauer shared co-hosting duties with Meredith Vieira through 2011, while serving as the main anchor for the Olympic Games in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Following Vieira's departure, news anchor Ann Curry took over, but tearfully left in 2012 just months after Lauer signed a long-term contract that paid him $25 million annually. With Curry's messy ouster, Lauer was suddenly cast as the villain as "Today" sank in the ratings and lost its top spot to rival "Good Morning America" (ABC, 1975- ), leaving a once sterling reputation in tatters. Regardless of the Curry scandal, Lauer had already solidified his legacy long before as one of the most trusted and popular television personalities in the history of the medium.