Al Roker Biography and Wiki
Albert Lincoln Roker Jr. is an American weather presenter, journalist, television personality, and author. He is the current weather anchor on NBC’s Today, and occasionally co-hosts 3rd Hour Today. He has an inactive American Meteorological Society Television Seal #238. Roker is also an award-winning journalist.
Al Rocker Age and Birthday
Al Rocker was born on 20th August 1954 in Queens, New York, United States. Currently, he is 68 years and will be turning 69 on August 2023.
Al Roker Height and Weight
Al Roker stands at an average height of 5 feet 6 inches and has an average moderate height.
Al Roker Educational Background
Al Roker had his high school education at Xavier High School in Manhattan and later proceeded to the State University of New York at Oswego. He graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oswego with a degree in communications.
Al Roker’s Wife and Children
Roker has been married twice. His first love was Alice Bell whom they Married in 1984 and divorced in 1994, his second love was Deborah Roberts who she married in 1995 up to date. The couple tied the knot in St. Thomas Church, New York, United States. Roker has 3 children; Courtney Roker, Nicholas Albert Roker, and Leila Roker.
Al Roker Family
Al Rkoher is the son of Albert Lincoln Roker and Sr. Isabel Roker. Roker was raised beside his siblings; Christopher Roker and Alisa Smith.
Al Roker Career
In 1976, Al Roker earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and moved to Washington DC, where in the same year he began his career as the weather anchor at an independent station called WTTG-TV. Shortly, he began to study the techniques used by other weather anchors, thereby improving his own. At first, Roker took the help of gimmicky while forecasting the weather, which was noticed by Willard Scott, one of his favorite anchors employed with an NBC affiliate. He gave it up when one day Scott took him aside and said “Just be yourself. It’ll last a lot longer.”
Rocker remained with WTTG-TV till 1978 and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, securing a job as a weathercaster at WKYC-TV, at that time owned and operated by NBC. He remained with the organization till 1983, when he was promoted to the network’s flagship outlet, WNBC-TV in New York City. In 1983, he began his stint at WNBC-TV as the weekend weather anchor and within eight months became the station’s regular weeknight weathercaster, replacing veteran weathercaster Dr. Frank Field, when he left the network in August 1984. In 1985 he became its weekly weather forecaster.
Soon, he began to serve as a regular substitute for Joe Witte of NBC News at Sunrise. That apart, he also filled in for veteran forecasters like his idol Willard Scott, Bryant Gumbel, and Matt Lauer. In 1994, while continuing with weather forecasting, he launched a multimedia company called ‘Al Roker Entertainment Inc’, offering an array of creative services. Since then, it has produced numerous TV programs for network, cable, digital, and streaming channels.
In 1995, he began to host NBC’s coverage of the ‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’. Late in the same year, he started hosting a weekend talk show called The Al Roker Show on CNBC. In the following year, he began to host a game show on MSNBC called Remember This? Willard Scott retired from the ‘Today Show’ in early 1996, by which time Roker had established himself as his heir, receiving the regular weekday weather slot on January 26, continuing to occupy it to date. Shortly, he started interviewing visitors outside, giving them some camera time and thus adding a novelty to the show.
In 2000, Al Roker published his first book, Don’t Make Me Stop This Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood. It remained atop the New York Times bestseller list for weeks. Then in 2002, he published another bestseller, Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue: 100 Easy Recipes for Barbecue and Grilling. He published a few more books, including a series of murder mysteries. His 13th and latest book, You Look So Much Better In Person – True Stories Of Absurdity and Success, was published in July 2020. Meanwhile, in 2003, he began hosting a show called Roker on the Road on the Food Network.
In spite of his celebrity status and varied activities, Al Roker continued to go out of the studio to report weather conditions firsthand and the 2005 Hurricane Wilma was no exception. As he went out to film it, a fierce wind blew him off his feet; but somehow he saved himself. In 2008, he hosted NBC’s Celebrity Family Feud. Later, he would also host game shows like Game On TODAY (2016). Meanwhile, from November 12, 2012, to September 22, 2017, he co-hosted Today’s Take, returning in 2018 to co-host 3rd Hour Today. However, weather casting remains his main focus.
Apart from anchoring weather slots on television, he also provided forecasts for many radio stations, having weekday morning stint live from 5:00–7:00 a.m. on The Weather Channel under the name Wake Up with Al. The program was aired from 2009 until 2015. From 1990 onwards, he has also appeared in numerous television productions, making cameo appetence in many of them. Beginning with Another World in 1990, his latest appearance is in the Roy Cain episode of the crime thriller Blacklist (2020).
Al Roker’s Net Worth and Salary
Roker has an estimated net worth of $ 50 million – $ 80 million and earns an annual salary of $ 10 million.