Weather Anchor of NBC’s Today Show
Al Roker has been the weather and feature anchor on NBC News’ TODAY since January 1996. Since July 2009 he has been co-host of the morning show “Wake Up with Al” on the Weather Channel. Until January of 2000, Roker also served as the weekday weather forecaster for News Channel 4’s early evening newscast Live at 5on WNBC-TV, NBC’s flagship owned and operated station in New York City.
New York magazine has twice named Roker Best Weatherman. He came to WNBC-TV as a weekend weathercaster in December 1983 from WKYC-TV, the NBC television station in Cleveland. Roker began his broadcasting career while still in college by landing a job as a weekend weatherman WTVH-TV in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1974. After graduation he moved on to weathercasting jobs in Washington, D.C. (1976-1978) and Cleveland, Ohio (1978-1983). He is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s prestigious Seal of Approval and has been a pioneer in the use of computer graphics for weathercasting. Most recently, in 2010, Roker was awarded a Daytime Emmy award as part of TODAY’s recognition as the best morning newscast.
Roker is a member of several professional organizations, including the Friars Club, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Meteorological Society.
Raised in Queens, New York, Roker received his B.A. in Communications from the State University at Oswego in 1976, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the school in 1998. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, ABC News 20/20 Correspondent Deborah Roberts, and has two daughters and one son.
Al Roker, a nine-time Emmy Award winner, author and long-time weather anchor of NBC’s Today Show, will highlight some of the changes in broadcast TV meteorology since his start in the early 1970s, compared with today’s excitement and anticipation of GOES-16. Moderator: John Leslie