This article will answer every question you have about Al Roker. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.
- What does Roker do for a living?
- Who are Roker’s parents and siblings?
- What are Roker’s interests and hobbies?
- Is Roker married or does he have a girlfriend?
- Does Roker have any children?
- Where is Roker now?
- How tall is Roker?
- How much money does Roker earn?
- What is Roker’s net worth?
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Who is Al Roker?
Al Roker is an American journalist who serves as a weatherman for NBC News. He is also a television host, actor, and author. Roker began serving as NBC’s Today weather anchor since January 1996 and later as the show’s third-hour co-host beginning November 12, 2012, till its cancellation in February 2017 and later after its return in 2018.
He began his journalism career as a weather anchor for CBS affiliate WHEN-TV (now WTVH) in Syracuse, New York. He worked there from 1974 until 1976 when he enrolled at SUNY Oswego. After school, he joined independent station WTTG.
Being a game show fan, he has hosted a game show on MSNBC called Remember This?. He also substituted for Meredith Vieira for a week of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire shows from March 5–9, 2007. In July 2016, Roker also hosted a week-long feature on Today profiling five game shows and their hosts titled “Game On TODAY”.
Along with Dick Lochte, he co-authored a series of murder mysteries beginning in 2009 that features Billy Blessing, a celebrity chef turned amateur detective. A list of other several books followed.
Al Roker NBC
Roker joined NBC in 1978 initially working at WKYC in Cleveland which was then owned and operated by NBC. He was then moved to WNBC-TV in New York after spending five years in Cleveland. Returning to New York City in late 1983 as a weekend weathercaster, he became the station’s regular weeknight weathercaster eight months later. He then replaced veteran Dr. Frank Field who left the station after a contract dispute having served there for 27 years.
He served as a regular substitute for forecaster Joe Witte on the NBC News program NBC News at Sunrise from 1983 to 1996. He also filled in for Willard Scott and Bryant Gumbel from 1990 to 1995. In 1997 through 2000’s he filled for Matt Lauer on the Today Show. Roker became the host of The Al Roker Show, a weekend talk show on CNBC in 1995. During an episode of the talk show Late Night with David Letterman, Letterman asked him to join in the elevator race. Through this, Roker received wider exposure because the show was taped across the hall from the WNBC news studio in the GE Building.
This resulted in Roker officially becoming the forecaster for Weekend Today. He received the regular weekday weather slot on January 26, 1996. During the week, the flagship hours of Today are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The show is co-anchored by Savannah Guthrie (2012–present) and Hoda Kotb (2018–present) alongside co-hosts Roker, Craig Melvin (news anchor; 2018–present), Carson Daly (feature anchor; 2013–present), and Natalie Morales (West Coast anchor; 2016–present).
Roker set a Guinness World Record on November 14, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time after he did 34 hours of an uninterrupted live weather report. He beat Norwegian weather broadcaster Eli Kari Gjengedal who had held the record having reported for 33 hours. Having spent four decades with NBC, Roker was honored on December 14, 2018, episode of Today. Today Plaza was also officially named the “Rokerfeller Plaza” in his honor.
How Old is Al Roker?
Albert Lincoln Roker Jr. is 66 years old as of 2020 having been born on August 20, 1954, in Queens, New York, U.S. He shares his birthday with other famous people such as Demi Lovato, Prettyboyfredo, David Walliams, Andrew Garfield, Tatum Dahl, Misha Collins, Maddie Orlando, Shubble, among others.
Who are Al Roker’s parents?
Roker was born to Isabel of Jamaican descent, and Albert Lincoln Roker Sr., a bus driver of Bahamian descent. Being raised a Catholic, Roker initially wanted to be a cartoonist. He is a paternal second cousin to actor Lenny Kravitz, their grandfather’s being brothers.
Does Roker have siblings?
Yes, he has a brother Christopher Roker, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, and a sister Alisa Smith.
Al Roker Education
Roker attended Xavier High School in Manhattan. At school, he worked on several projects as a member of the school’s Cartooning & Illustration Club. He then received his further studies from the State University of New York at Oswego. From there, he received a B.A. in communications in 1976.
Al Roker Wife
Roker has been married twice. He first married WNBC producer Alice Bell on December 22, 1984. The couple got divorced in 1994 having had a daughter together. On September 16, 1995, he married fellow journalist Deborah Roberts. Having reported for both ABC and NBC, the couple met when Roberts joined NBC in 1990 as a reporter.
Al Roker Kids
Roker has two daughters and one son. He has a daughter Courtney (born 1987) with his first wife Bell. With his second wife, he has a daughter Leila (born 1998), and one son, Nicholas Albert (born 2002).
Al Roker Height
Adding to his well-built body, Roker stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches.
Al Roker Health
He underwent a total knee arthroplasty (replacement, or “TKA”) on his left knee on Thursday, June 7, 2001. He also underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose weight in 2002. The New York Daily News reported he had dropped 100 pounds (45 kg) from his 320 lb (150 kg) figure eight months after surgery.
He later underwent multiple other surgeries later. He had a back operation in 2005, another knee replacement surgery in 2016, emergency carpal tunnel surgery in October 2018, and hip replacement surgery in September 2019.
Al Roker Salary
For his role on the Today Show and other work on NBC, Roker reportedly earns $10 million per annum.
Al Roker Net Worth
Roker has greatly earned his wealth from his extensive career as a television personality, weather forecaster, actor, and author. He has an estimated net worth of $30 million.