• 2020 DAA Recipient

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    Al Roker
    Weather and Feature Anchor of NBC News’ TODAY, Co-Host of Third Hour of TODAY
    Bachelor of Arts in Communications, 1976
    State University of New York at Oswego


    Al Roker is the weather and feature anchor of NBC News’ TODAY as well as the co-host of third hour of TODAY. He joined TODAY in January 1996. From July 2009 to September 2015, Roker served as co-host of the morning show Wake Up with Al on the Weather Channel. Until January 2000, he also served as the weekday weather forecaster for News Channel 4’s early evening newscast Live at 5 on WNBC-TV, NBC’s flagship owned and operated station in New York City. Roker came to WNBC-TV as a weekend weathercaster in December 1983 from WKYC-TV, the NBC television station in Cleveland. Roker began his broadcasting career while still in college by landing a job as a weekend weatherman at WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York, in 1974. After graduation he moved on to weathercasting jobs in Washington, D.C., (1976-1978) and Cleveland (1978-1983). Read his full bio.


      DAA Recipients

        2018 
        Brenda J. Hollis, Lawyer
        Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1968, Bowling Green State University (Ohio)

        2017
        Judith Baca, Artist, Educator, Scholar/Activist and Community Arts Pioneer,
        Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art, 1969 and Master of Arts Degree in Art Education, 1980, California State University, Northridge

        2016
        Dr. Doris Taylor, Director of Regenerative Medicine Research at the Texas Heart Institute, Bachelor of Science, 1997 graduate of Mississippi University for Women

        2015
        Kathy Best, Editor, The Seattle Times, Masters of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting, 1990 graduate of University of Illinois at Springfield

        2014
        Dr. Michael Marletta, President and CEO of The Scripps Research Institute, 1973 graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia

        2013
        Ivan Seidenberg, Former Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc., 1972 graduate of Lehman College – City University of New York

        2012
        Julius Chambers, Noted Civil Rights Attorney and Educator, 1958 graduate of North Carolina Central University

        2011
        Robin Roberts
        , Good Morning America Co-Anchor, 1983 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University

        2010
        General Ann E. Dunwoody
        , Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, 1975 graduate of State University of New York College at Cortland

        2009
        Hala Moddelmog, President and CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 1979 graduate of Georgia Southern University

        2008
        Tom Brokaw, Journalist and author, University of South Dakota

        2007
        Nancy Aossey, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Medical Corps (IMC), The University of Northern Iowa

        2006
        Julius H. Jacobson, II, Dr. Emeritus of Vascular Surgery and Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical in New York City, The Unversity of Toledo, Ohio

        2005
        General Tommy Franks, Ret. Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, The University of Texas at Arlington

        2004
        Marvin Hamlisch, Composer and conductor, Queens College, City College of New York

        2002
        Amy Tan, Author, San José State University, California

        2000
        The Honorable Tom Daschle, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate (D-SD); South Dakota State University

        2000
        Robert A. Ingram, Chief Executive, Glaxo Wellcome, plc; Eastern Illinois University

        1999
        General Henry H. Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Auburn University at Montgomery

        1998
        The Honorable Griffin B. Bell, former United States Attorney General; Georgia Southwestern State University

        1997
        Antonia Coello Novello, Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and Special Director for Community Health Policy, former Surgeon General of U.S. Public Health Service; University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

        1996
        Gertrude Belle Elion, Biochemist and Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Medicine; City University of New York, Hunter College

        1995
        Leon M. Lederman, Director Emeritus, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Pritzker Professor of Science, Illinois Institute of Technology; City University of New York, City College

        1994
        Sook He Kim, Minister of Education, Republic of Korea; Texas Woman’s University (recipient of the International Distinguished Alumnus Award)

        1993
        R.C. Gorman, Artist and Sculptor; Northern Arizona University

        1993
        Dan Rather, Journalist and CBS News Anchor; Sam Houston State University, Texas

        1992
        General Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; City College of the City University of New York

        1992
        Eudora Welty, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author; Mississippi University for Women

        1991
        Mary Lowe Good, Chair, National Science Board, and Senior Vice President, Technology, Allied Signal, Inc.; University of Central Arkansas

        1991
        Douglas J. Heir, world champion wheelchair athlete, legal advocate for senior citizens and persons with disabilities and chairman and chief executive officer, Access, Inc.; Ramapo College of New Jersey

        1990
        Katherine Davalos Ortega, Treasurer of the United States; Eastern New Mexico University

        1990
        Eva Marie Saint, Academy Award-Winning Actress; Bowling Green State University, Ohio

        1989
        James M. Buchanan, Professor, Center for the Study of Public Choice, George Mason University and recipient of Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Middle State University, Tennessee and George Mason University, Virginia

        1989
        Jaime A. Escalante, Teacher; California State University, Los Angeles

        1988
        Shirley Chisholm, Former Congresswoman; City University of New York, Brooklyn College

        1988
        Burl Ives, Singer, Actor, Entertainer; Eastern Illinois University

        1987
        Rosalynn Carter, mental health advocate, author and former First Lady; Georgia Southwestern College

        1987
        Claude E. ZoBell, Professor of Marine Microbiology Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Idaho State University

        1986
        James M. Bowen, Professor of Virology and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas System Cancer Center; Midwestern State University, Texas

        1986
        The Honorable Edith Green, Educator and Former Congresswoman from Oregon; Western Oregon State College

        1985
        Jim Davis, Cartoonist; Ball State University, Indiana

        1985
        The Honorable Robert Dole, U.S. Senator from Kansas; Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas

        1984
        Val Fitch, James H. McDonnel Distinguished Professor of Physics, Princeton University, 1980 Nobel Prize Winner; Chadron State College, Nebraska

        1984
        Barbara Jordan, Lyndon B. Johnson Public Service Professor, University of Texas, Former Congresswoman from Texas; Texas Southern University

        1983
        Paul Woodring, Distinguished Service Professor, Western Washington University, and Former Editor, Education Supplement, Saturday Review; Bowling Green State University, Ohio

        1982
        John F. O’Connell, Former Chairman, California State University Board of Trustees, and Former President, Bechtel, Inc.; California State University, Chico

        1981
        Merze Tate, International Scholar, Historian, and Former University Professor; Western Michigan University

        1980
        Donald F. McHenry, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Illinois State University

        1979
        Wilson Riles, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of California; Northern Arizona University

        1978
        Ruth Chickering Clusen, Former President of the League of Women Voters and Assistant Secretary for Environment, U.S. Department of Energy; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

        1977
        Marvin L. Stone, Former Editor, U.S. News & World Report; Marshall University, West Virginia

        1976
        The Honorable Val Peterson, Former Governor of Nebraska and Former Ambassador to Denmark and Finland; Wayne State College, Nebraska

        1975
        The Honorable Philip Sanchez, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Honduras; California State University, Fresno

        1974
        James A. Michener, Author and Pulitzer Prize Winner; University of Northern Colorado

        1974
        Leslie H. Warner, Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, General Telephone and Electronics Corporation; Wichita State University, Kansas

        1973
        Julian Goodman, Former President, National Broadcasting Company; Western Kentucky University

        1972
        President Lyndon B. Johnson; Southwest Texas State University