Best known for his weather forecast is Albert Lincoln Roker Jr., also known as Al Roker, the American presenter, actor, author, and television host.
The African-American weatherman is not only popular for his weather report on NBC’s Today, but he is also an actor and news reporter who has worked on various shows such as NBC’s Nightly News. He has written and published a number of books, including “Morning Show Murders”, “The Midnight Show Murders” and his most recent nonfiction book, “Been There, Done That Family Wisdom For Modern Times,” which was published in 2016.
Born in 1954, the multiple award winner originally wanted to become a caricaturist but has achieved great success for himself through his newly discovered passion as a journalist.
Albert Lincoln Roker was born on August 20, 1954, in Queens, New York. He grew up in a family that valued education and attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, where he spent up to four years and learned his skills in graphic arts as a comic actor. He also attended New York State University in Oswego, where he completed his double degree in graphic design and radio/journalism.
Al Roker’s Salary and Net Worth
On the trail of his successes as a journalist, Al Roker undoubtedly earns a lot of money, because he is considered one of the most famous people in “Today”. His salary is about $8 million, while he has net assets of about $30 million – an amount earned through his versatility as a television journalist, meteorologist, television producer, dubbing artist, actor, and author.
Since Roker began his career in the 1970s, his hard work and passion for his work as a journalist have also earned him so many awards. Among the shows he has hosted are ‘Game On TODAY’, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, ‘Celebrity Family Feud’, ‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’ and ‘Remember This” He also appeared in several shows like ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’.
In addition to having won the Emmy Award thirteen times, he is a Guinness Book record holder – an award he received for his 33-hour coverage – from 10:05 p.m. on November 12 until about 8:00 a.m. on November 14, 2014. His TV commercials and brand recommendations include Lipton’s Brisk Iced Tea, print ads for the charity UNICEF United States Fund, and a TV commercial for Office Depot.
Roker is also one of America’s best-selling authors with about eight books in his name. His recently published crime fiction books include The Midnight Show Murders, released in November 2010, and Talk Show Murders, which was released in December 2011, and the last one so far is Never Going Back: The victory in the battle for weight loss is scheduled for the New York Times bestseller. He currently lives with his family in his five-story brownstone house in New York. He also has a townhouse that he bought near Lexington in the 1980s for $3 million.
In addition to all his income, Al Roker has a huge fan base in social media. For example, the journalist has about 1.8 million followers on Twitter and over 278k followers on Instagram, where he regularly posts photos and reports on the weather.
Family – Wife, and Children
He was born into a large family of six children of Albert Lincoln Roker, Sr. and Isabel, both of Jamaican descent. His father is a well-known bus driver and labor relations negotiator for the New York City Transit Authority, while his mother was a housewife who worked hard to help her husband put their children through school. His siblings include Christopher Roker and Alisa Smith.
Al is related to Roxie Roker, a Bahamian-American actress who was very talented as an actress. Before her death, she was known for her role as Helen Willis in the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons, which was broadcast from 1975-1985. She was the mother of popular rock musician Lenny Kravitz.
Al Roker was married twice. His first wife was Alice Bell, a journalist he met at an earlier stage of his career, and they were married on December 22, 1985. Before their separation in 1994, the couple lived together for nearly a decade, but before they separated they had their first child named Courtney in 1987.
On September 16, 1995, he married Deborah Ann Roberts, a popular journalist who began her career at NBC News in 1990 and served as office manager for the ABC subsidiary in Florida. Roker and his wife currently have two children. His daughter Leila was born in November 1998 and his son Nicholas Albert in July 2002. He described his wife as someone with an evil sense of humor.
Height and Weight Loss
The bald journalist, also known as the man for all seasons, is 1.80 m tall. Although he has no athletic body, Al is definitely one of the fittest NBC men with an average height. He used to be one of the fattest and heaviest men in his field, but from now on he has successfully conquered his obesity through an intensive walkout program, a healthy diet, and a combined effort of gastric bypass surgery. Although he has successfully lost about 140 pounds, Al Rocker still considers himself overweight.