Lara Spencer has demonstrated her talents on a myriad of shows, from GMA and the Oscars to ''Antiques Roadshow.'' The journalist — whose HGTV series ''Flea Market Flip'' recently returned for season 2 — explains how she's kept all those plates spinning.

By Nuzhat Naoreen
March 22, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Oscars Red Carpet

Before taking on the year’s starriest event, Spencer took on a big (but enjoyable) task: seeing every nominated film. ”This is where my job gets really fun. I get to say to my kids, ‘No, I swear I’m studying’ when I’m watching movies.”

Flea Market Flip

Spencer typically gets duded up for her jobs — but not for this one, which she says is part treasure hunt, part interior-design challenge, and part game show. ”It’s the antithesis of the GMA wardrobe. Instead of being pressed and business chic, I throw on the Converse All Stars, a comfy pair of jeans, and a baseball hat if it’s a sunny day.”

Good Morning America

The coanchor receives a daily road map for the venerable ABC morning show, but she notes that live TV is unpredictable. ”You have to be nimble and ready to change direction at a moment’s notice. It reminds me of being an athlete. You’re in training all the time, mentally and physically.”

Antiques Roadshow

”My preparation for it has carried over into Flea Market Flip,” says Spencer, who hosted the PBS series from 2004 to 2005. She’s honed her eye by attending auctions and antique shows. ”This is why I love my job so much. The homework is so much fun.”