Al Roker was born Albert Lincoln Roker Jr. in Queens, New York on August 20, 1954. In a Catholic home, he grew up with his mother Isabel, his father Albert Sr. (a bus driver), and five younger siblings.
Al was a member of the Cartooning and Illustration Club at Xavier High School in Manhattan, and he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1976. As a college student, Roker was a weather anchor for the Syracuse station of CBS, WHEN-TV.
Al Roker’s Net Worth and Salary
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Al Roker is an American TV forecast, television personality, actor, and author with a net worth of $70 million. Al Roker is best known as the veteran weatherman of NBC’s “The Today Show” and co-host of “3rd Hour Today.” In addition, he presented the morning show “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel from 2009 to 2015.
Al’s annual pay at NBC is $10 million. His most recent agreement is a five-year, $50 million contract that encompasses his duties on “The Today Show” and The Weather Channel.
Roker has smashed multiple Guinness World Records with his “Rokerthon” events, and the Today Plaza was renamed “Rokerfeller Plaza” in 2018 to celebrate Al’s 40 years with NBC. Roker starred in “Waitress: The Hit Broadway Musical” in 2018 and 2019 to excellent reviews.
Al Roker’s Personal Life
Al was married to WNBC producer Alice Bell from 1984 to 1994, and the couple adopted a 1987-born daughter, Courtney. Roker wed journalist Deborah Roberts in 1995; they met in 1990 while working at NBC, and their children were born in 1998 (Leila) and 2002 (Nicolas).
Roker has undergone a variety of medical treatments, including knee replacement surgeries in 2001 and 2006, gastric bypass surgery in 2002, back surgery in 2005, emergency carpal tunnel surgery in 2018, and hip replacement surgery in 2019.
He has been quite vocal about his struggle with weight reduction, and in 2010 he began jogging and racing in the ING New York City Marathon. Al is also well-known for his charitable activity. He is a supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities (working on their Friends of RMHC board) and has generated cash for the Crowdrise Campaign and Feeding America through his “Rokerthon” events.
Al Roker Health Issue and News
Al made a brief comeback to Today in December, when his co-stars surprised him outside his Manhattan home while donning Santa hats and singing Christmas carols.
He shared the following update on his recovery: “It has been a difficult battle, I won’t lie. It has been the most difficult surgery I have ever undergone. There are many things and individuals for whom I am grateful.”
He said, “This outpouring of prayers and thankfulness gives you a great sense of gratitude.”
Al was hospitalized for about two weeks after being admitted just after Thanksgiving with blood clots that spread to his lungs.
While he did briefly return home, he was hospitalized again shortly after the holiday for reoccurring concerns.
What Happened to Al Roker?
Al addressed his absence in an Instagram post immediately after his illness became public knowledge.
The 68-year-old guy stated: “So many of you have respectfully inquired as to my whereabouts. I was brought to the hospital last week with a blood clot in my leg that had spread to my lungs.”
He added: “After a medical game of “whack-a-mole,” I am lucky to be receiving excellent medical treatment and on the mend. Thank you for your good wishes and prayers; I look forward to seeing you soon. Have a happy weekend, everyone.”
Given that blood clots can be fatal, Al’s extended hospitalization is not unexpected.