• 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.

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

        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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Tom Brokaw, Journalist and author, University of South Dakota

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

        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

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

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

        Amy Tan, Author, San José State University, California

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

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

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

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

        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

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

        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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        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

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

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

        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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Jim Davis, Cartoonist; Ball State University, Indiana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        President Lyndon B. Johnson; Southwest Texas State University