Al Roker has been the weather and feature reporter on NBC News' TODAY since January 1996. Since July 2009 he has also 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 5 on WNBC-TV, NBC's flagship owned and operated station in New York City.
Raised in Queens, New York, Roker received his B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York-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; they have two daughters and one son.
He came to WNBC-TV as a weekend weathercaster in December 1983 from WKYC-TV, the NBC television affiliate 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.
Among highlights of his career as an interviewer, Roker conducted an exclusive interview with Charles Schulz shortly before the "Peanuts" creator's death from colon cancer. Since 1985, he has served each holiday season as co-host for the annual "Christmas at Rockefeller Center." The seven-time Emmy Award winner also co-hosts "The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" and "Rose Bowl Parade" and appears on various specials for NBC.
In 1994, Roker founded Al Roker Productions, Inc., a company involved in the development and production of network, cable, home video and public television projects. Two of the most successful projects include "Savage Skies," a critically acclaimed special on PBS about severe weather, and a highly rated travel series, "Going Places." His company is also producing a series of specials for The Food Network. Roker is the author of "Don't Make Me Stop This Car! Adventures in Fatherhood," "Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbeque" and, with Dick Lochte, the mystery novel "The Morning Show Murders."
In 2007, Roker launched a regular segment on TODAY called Al's Book Club for Kids in which he regularly chooses books designed to keep young people excited about reading and showcases them on air.