21 Facts About Al Roker


Al Roker is the current weather anchor on NBC's Today, and occasionally co-hosts 3rd Hour Today.

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Al Roker was born in the borough of Queens, New York City, the son of Isabel, of Jamaican descent, and Albert Lincoln Al Roker Sr.

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Al Roker was raised Catholic, his mother's faith, and graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan.

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Al Roker attended the State University of New York at Oswego where he received a B A in communications in 1976.

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Al Roker worked as a weather anchor for CBS affiliate WHEN-TV in Syracuse, New York from 1974 until 1976, while he was enrolled at SUNY Oswego.

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Al Roker returned to New York City in late 1983 as a weekend weathercaster, and within eight months became the station's regular weeknight weathercaster.

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Al Roker replaced 27-year WNBC-TV veteran Dr Frank Field, who left the network over a contract dispute.

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From 1983 to 1996, Al Roker was the regular substitute for forecaster Joe Witte on the NBC News program NBC News at Sunrise, and from 1990 to 1995 filled in for Willard Scott, Bryant Gumbel and 1997 through 2000's for Matt Lauer on the Today Show.

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Al Roker received wider exposure when David Letterman asked him to join in an elevator race on an episode of the talk show Late Night with David Letterman, which taped across the hall from the WNBC news studio in the GE Building.

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Al Roker substituted on the weekday edition of Today when Willard Scott was ill or away.

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Al Roker conducted more interviews and segments on the show over time.

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Al Roker continues the daily tradition of birthday wishes to centenarians that began with Scott.

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Years later, as an NBC News reporter at Biden's own 2021 inauguration, Al Roker received a fist bump from the newly inaugurated president moments before Biden entered the White House.

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Al Roker has hosted NBC's coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1995, where he provides commentary along with some of his Today Show colleagues.

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Al Roker is known as the "uptown" host, whose main roles include cutting the ribbon during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the start of the parade, and interviewing celebrities who are watching the parade from its start at 77th Street.

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Al Roker hosted a week-long feature on Today profiling five game shows and their hosts in July 2016 titled "Game On Today".

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Al Roker has hosted programs on Food Network, namely, Al Roker on the Road, and Tricked-Out Tailgating.

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Al Roker is an honorary member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

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In 2002, Al Roker underwent gastric bypass surgery to lose weight, which he said he did after failing at numerous diets.

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Al Roker wrote about his battle with weight loss in Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle For Good, published in 2013.

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In 2007, Al Roker became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC.

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