Our favorite weather anchor Al Roker of NBC?s ?Today? show is among the winners of the 2015 June Briggs Awards. The awards were created to honor New York City’s outstanding businesses that have excelled in service and performance in the destination management and hospitality industry. Roker was selected for his contributions to New York City.?
?Al Roker was picked to receive the award for his ambassadorship to New York City. He has been a host, along with his NBC colleagues, of the ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony’ and he has hosted the ‘Macy?s Thanksgiving Day Parade.’ In the old days, the lighting of the tree was a 30-minute local event that has now become a nationally, televised star-studded one-hour event. And we feel that Al was a big part of that. As a representative for New York City, when he invites the nation to be a part of the Christmas tree lighting, he invites people to come to New York City,? Anthony Napoli, president of Briggs Inc., told TNJ.com
Aside from his nationally recognized television work on ?Today? dating back to 1996, Roker is the author of a series of murder mystery books, one of which received a Nero Award nomination in 2011; he also has a production company called Al Roker Entertainment, which he launched in 1994.
Known for his quick wit and charismatic on-air personality, Roker began his career as a weathercaster in 1978. Married to news correspondent Deborah Roberts, he and his family live on the Upper East Side in New York City.