Introduction to Al Roker
Al Roker, Albert Lincoln ‘Al’ Junior, is a widely known and esteemed television personality. He is an American journalist best known as a weather anchor on NBC’s popular Today Show. He occasionally appears on NBC’s Nightly News as well. He also co-anchors The Weather Channel’s show, Wakes up with Al.
Roker was born August 20, 1954, in Queens, New York. He is of Jamaican ethnicity from his mother’s side and of Bahamian ethnicity from his father’s side. Let’s know all about this celebrity!
Did Roker always want to become a Television Presenter?
Roker wanted to become a cartoon artist as a young boy. However, as he grew up, his ambitions changed, and he is now a famous television journalist in America. Talking about his educational qualifications, he has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, which he got from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Roker began his career as a weather anchor at CBS affiliate WHEN-TV. His career at NBC began when he was hired at NBC’s affiliate WKYC-TV in Cleveland. With his excellent reporting skills, he was promoted to NBC’s other outlets. He has improved every day with every project he takes up.
If rumors are to be believed, he was once fired from NBC. However, after a lot of struggle, he was rehired to present the weather at NBC’s Today’s show and NBC News at Sunrise. Since then, he has climbed the heights of success and has never backed down. Good for him, he has his show called The Al Roker Show.
Roker has covered major weather news including disastrous natural phenomena. He reported from inside the dangerous Hurricane Wilma. You can watch a video of him covering the Hurricane, where he gets swept away by the hurricane. This video went viral on the internet within hours of it going online.
Apart from his serious weather jobs, he has done many other shows as well. As he is a great sports fan, he has hosted many game shows including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Celebrity Family Feud. He even anchored the show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ as a substitute. He has hosted some shows on the Food Network as well, such as Tricked-out Tailgating and Roker on the Road.
The versatile Roker is known in various fields as he has not limited himself to a single industry. He has varied interests, and he has successfully made a name for himself in quite a few industries. Besides being a great presenter, he is also a good writer. He has written several non-fiction books including The Midnight Show Murders, which was nominated for a 2011 Nero Award.
Al’s divorced once; read more about his married life
Moving on to his personal life, Roker has been married twice. After a failed marriage, he is now happy with his second wife, Deborah Roberts. Roberts is also a journalist who has worked for both NBC and ABC. They tied the knot in 1995.
It has been 20 years in their marriage, and Al and Deborah are still going robust, and the possibility of going through another separation or divorce seems minimal.
Audiences love Al Roker also because his height of 5 feet and 8 inches makes him look so confident! He is admired by many, and some of his fans even have gay crushes on him. His shirtless pictures are hard to find, but you can find other pictures of him.
Is Al in good health now?
Although he looks and seems healthy now, he has been through a lot of health problems. Roker underwent a gastric bypass surgery to lose weight in early 2002, which made him lose exactly 100 pounds i.e. 45 kg in just eight months. He went from being obese to very slim in months. He also underwent a total knee arthroplasty on his left knee and recently he also had a back operation.
You can always explore his numerous appearances in television series and movies. A list of his work in television and movies can be found on his Wikipedia page. His biography can be read at IMDB and other similar websites. He can be followed on Twitter at @alroker and Facebook under his name.
A TV journalist, meteorologist, presenter, writer, author, actor, television producer, and voice actor, Roker has earned quite a lot through his handy work. His net worth is an estimated $30 million. Just like the annual salary of $8 million is so high, he also has reached to the similar height of success.
Here’s what Roker had to say about Tamron Hall’s exit on ‘Today.’
Roker has come out as a very generous one and has appreciated the good work of Tamron as she decided to leave NBC News. He acknowledged that she had not only been a good co-host but also had stayed a very good friend to everyone in the channel. He further added that he would be very interested to know what the next chapter of her life would be like.
There’s something more to the story. Because Megyn Kelly has arrived at NBC, Al Roker’s show “Today’s Take” is dumped. It is bad news for Roker, and it also could have been the reason why Hall left NBC. But we are sure that there is no news about Roker leaving the channel. It would be a shock for his fans and followers of a big time.