NBC’s Al Roker to give rescheduled Holmes-Hunter Lecture April 25
April 12, 2013Print
- Stephanie Schupska
- Matthew M. Winston
Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia's 2013 Holmes-Hunter Lecture has been rescheduled for April 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel. Originally slated for Feb. 8, the talk featuring NBC's "Today" show weatherman Al Roker was postponed due to severe weather conditions in the Northeast, which prevented Roker's travel to Georgia.
Roker has appeared on the "Today" show as the weather and feature anchor—and now as a host—since 1996. He also hosts annual specials for NBC, including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Rockefeller Center and the Rose Bowl Parade.
A 12-time Emmy winner, Roker's career spans 35-plus years. An accomplished television producer, he is CEO of the multimedia company Al Roker Entertainment Inc. The company produces programming for NBC News, MSNBC, Spike TV, Lifetime Television, A&E, The History Channel, E!, Discovery Networks, PBS, TV ONE, Oxygen, The Cartoon Network, The Weather Channel and the NBC Television Stations Group.
Roker has written five best-selling books, including recent titles "The Morning Show Murders" (2009), "The Midnight Show Murders" (2010) and "Talk Show Murders" (2011).
Roker lives in Manhattan with his wife Deborah Roberts and has two daughters and a son. Roberts, an ABC News "20/20" correspondent and a 1982 graduate of the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, delivered the Holmes-Hunter Lecture in 2006.
The Holmes-Hunter Lecture at UGA honors Charlayne Hunter-Gault and the late Hamilton Holmes, who in 1961 became the first African-American students to enroll at UGA. Held annually since 1985, it focuses on race relations, black history and education with implications for inclusion and diversity.