NBC’s Al Roker is swapping his New York City studio for the UGA Chapel one afternoon this coming February. The Today show’s weatherman will give the annual Holmes-Hunter Lecture on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.
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 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 bestselling books, including recent titles The Morning Show Murders, The Midnight Show Murders and Talk Show Murders.
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.