Who is AI Rocker?
AI Rocker is an American tv personality, journalist, author, and weather presenter working for NBC as the weather anchor for Today show. He also frequently co-hosts 3rd Hour Today. Roker was honored for 40 years at NBC on the December 14, 2018, episode of Today. In his honor, the Today Plaza was renamed “Rokerfeller Plaza.”
AI Rocker Age
Rocker is 67 years old as of 2021. He was born on August 20, 1954, in New York City, U.S.
AI Rocker Height
Rocker stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches tall.
AI Rocker Family
Rocker was born Albert Lincoln Roker Jr. in the borough of Queens, New York City. His father Albert Lincoln Roker Sr. is of Bahamanian descent while his mother Isabel is of Jamaican descent. He has a brother called Christopher Rocker and a sister Alisia Smith.
Roker went to Xavier High School in Manhattan. He later joined the State University of New York at Oswego and graduated with a B.A. in communications in 1976.
AI Rocker Ethnicity
Rocker is of mixed ethnicity. He is both Jamaican and Bahamian from both his parents.
AI Rocker Wife
Rocker is married to his wife Deborah Roberts. They got married on September 16, 1995. They have two children together; Leila (born November 17, 1998) and her son Nicholas (born July 18, 2002). They also have a daughter Courtney from Rocker’s previous marriage.
Deborah is a journalist working for ABC News and hosts Lifetime Live on Lifetime Television, a cable and satellite television channel.
Rocker was previously married to WNBC producer Alice Bell but later divorced. He previously was in an early marriage which also ended up in divorce.
AI Rocker Children
Rocker has an elder daughter Courtney whom he adopted with his then-wife Alice Bell when she was an infant in 1987. He also has two children Leila and Nicholas with his wife Deborah.
AI Rocker Meteorlogist
From 1974 to 1976, Roker worked as a weather anchor for CBS affiliate WHEN-TV (now WTVH) in Syracuse, New York, while attending SUNY Oswego. He then went to work as a weathercaster for WTTG.
Roker’s NBC career began in 1978 when he was hired at WKYC in Cleveland, an NBC owned-and-operated station at the time. Roker was promoted to the network’s flagship station, WNBC-TV in his hometown, after five years in Cleveland.
He returned to New York City as a weekend weathercaster in late 1983, and within eight months had become the station’s regular weeknight weathercaster. He took over for Dr. Frank Field, a 27-year WNBC-TV veteran who left the network due to a contract dispute.
From 1983 to 1996, Roker was a regular substitute for NBC News forecaster Joe Witte on NBC News at Sunrise, and from 1990 to 1995, he filled in for Willard Scott, Bryant Gumbel, and Matt Lauer on the Today Show. In 1995, he took over as host of The Al Roker Show, a CNBC weekend talk show.
Roker gained more exposure when David Letterman invited him to participate in an elevator race on an episode of Late Night with David Letterman, which was taped across the hall from the WNBC news studio.
As a result, he was named Weekend Today’s forecaster. He also filled in on the weekday edition of Today when Willard Scott was ill or unavailable. He became the regular weekday weather presenter on Today when Scott retired in January 1996.
Roker co-hosted Today’s Take, the third hour of Today, beginning November 12, 2012, in addition to his role as Today Show weatherman and anchor. Today’s Take was canceled for Megyn Kelly Today in February 2017 and its final episode aired on September 22, 2017.
Roker returned to co-host 3rd Hour Today after Megyn Kelly’s Today was canceled in 2018.
AI Rocker NBC Salary 2022
Rocker earns an annual salary of $10 million as a journalist and weather anchor for NBC. He has an estimated net worth of $70 million as of 2022. He recently signed a five-year contract worth $50 million which covers his duties on Today show and NBC in general.
AI Rocker Weight Loss
Rocker underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002 to lose weight, which he claimed he did after failing numerous diets. The New York Daily News reported that eight months after the surgery, he had lost 100 pounds (45 kg) from his previous weight of 320 pounds (150 kg).
Never Goin’ Back: Winning the Weight Loss Battle Forever, a book written by Roker was published in 2013.
AI Rocker Health
Roker had a total knee arthroplasty on his left knee on Thursday, June 7, 2001. He had back surgery in 2005. In 2016, he underwent another knee replacement surgery. Roker underwent emergency carpal tunnel surgery in October 2018.
Rocker underwent hip replacement surgery in September 2019. He revealed in November 2020 that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2020. On November 9, he had a successful operation, and by November 17, he was recovering at home.