Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseAl Roker
FactGave birth to her 2nd child at age 41, a son named Nicholas Albert Roker on July 18, 1998 in New York. Child's father is her husband, Al Roker.


Who is Deborah Roberts?

Deborah Ann Roberts was born in Perry, Georgia USA, on 20 September 1960 – her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds American nationality. She’s a journalist who’s probably known best for two things: the job which she’s done for the division ABC News of the broadcast network ABC, and for being the wife of the American weather presenter and journalist Albert Lincoln Roker Jr.

Early life and education

Deborah was raised in Perry alongside her sister Tina Clarington, by their mother Ruth Roberts who was a housewife, and their father Benjamin Roberts who was the owner of his own small business.

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Deborah became interested in journalism while attending a local high school, partly became her parents occasionally watched the news at home, and partly because there were things in journalism that she believed should be changed. She was interested in various activities during those four years, as she played volleyball and practiced creative writing, while Deborah also enjoyed appearing in school plays.

Upon matriculating in 1978, she enrolled at the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1982.

Ten years later, the University of Georgia presented Deborah with their Distinguished Alumnus Award for her success in journalism.

Career

In 1982, Deborah joined the TV station WTVM in Columbus, Georgia; she stayed there for around two years, then joined the TV station WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Between 1987 and 1990, Deborah lived in Orlando, Florida, where she worked for the TV station WFTV as their weekend news anchor, NASA field reporter and bureau chief. She was offered a job as general assignment reporter at NBC News in 1990, while she was soon promoted to working as a correspondent on their weekly legal show “Dateline NBC”.

The year 1995 saw Deborah move to ABC News and work as a correspondent on their show “20/20”, while she also anchored their news shows “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America”.

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She became the guest host of the talk-show “The View” in September 2006.

The remainder of the 2000s saw Deborah win a Clarion Award and an Emmy Award for her reporting, and she continued guest hosting many shows on ABC, including “The Katie Couric Show”, “Nightline” and “Primetime”.

Deborah and her husband Al’s non-fiction book “Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times” was published in 2016.

Deborah’s currently hosting the show “Lifetime Live” for the cable and satellite TV channel Lifetime Television.

Love life and marriage with Al Roker

Deborah’s a private woman who prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, but she and Al have still allowed their fans to have a glimpse into their marriage.

The two exchanged vows on 16 September 1995, in a large ceremony attended by many of their friends and family members. On 17 November 1998, Deborah gave birth to their daughter Leila, while their son Nicholas followed on 18 July 2002.

Deborah hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has perhaps been with, while it’s widely known that Al married his first wife Alice Bell in December 1984, and that they adopted their daughter Courtney in 1987. The date of Al and Alice’s divorce remains undisclosed.

As of March 2022, Deborah’s married to Al Roker, and they have two children together.

Hobbies and other interests

Deborah is highly active on Instagram, and apparently enjoys the attention which she’s receiving from her more than 200,000 followers.

There are close to 4,000 pictures uploaded onto her account, most of which feature her spending time with her friends and family.

Deborah loves flowers, and has her own small garden which she takes care of every day.

She’s a dog-lover, and her pet dog Miss Pepper can be seen featured in many of her Instagram pictures.

Deborah’s passionate about travelling, and her career as a journalist has made it possible for her to travel around the world, while her dream travel destination is Venice, Italy.

She likes to watch movies in her spare time – her favorite actor and actress are Leonardo DiCaprio and Scarlett Johansson, while a couple of her favorite films include “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet”, “Django Unchained” and “Lost in Translation”.

Age, height and net worth

Deborah’s age is 61. She has medium long black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 120lbs (60kgs).

As of March 2022, her net worth stands at more than $10 million, while her husband Al’s net worth has been estimated at over $70 million, with an annual salary close to $10 million.

Who is her husband Al Roker?

Al was born in New York City, USA on 20 August 1954 – his zodiac sign is Leo, and he holds American nationality. He’s probably known best for working as a weather anchor on the NBC’s morning news and talk show “Today”, while in early 2022 co-hosting the show “3rd Hour Today”.

He was raised in a Catholic family in Queens, New York City by his father Albert Lincoln Roker Sr. who was a bus driver, and his mother Isabel who was a housewife, and grew up dreaming about becoming a cartoonist.

Al matriculated from Xavier High School in 1972, and then enrolled at State University of New York at Oswego, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976.

He joined the CBS-affiliated TV station WHEN-TV in 1974, and worked as their weather anchor for two years. Upon graduating in 1976, Al moved to Washington, D.C. to work at Metromedia’s independent station WTTG.

He started working at NBC’s TV station WKYC in 1978, and for this job had to move to Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent five before being promoted to work at WNBC-TV in New York City, as their weekend weathercaster.

It was more than 10 years later that he began hosting his own weekend “The Al Roker Show”.

Al attracted a lot of attention after the famous American TV host and comedian David Letterman asked him to make a guest appearance in his talk-show “Late Night with David Letterman”, and he was then invited to work as a weatherman on the show “Weekend Today”.

He was hired as the weatherman on the show “Today” in 1996, and has been holding the position to this day. In 2005, Al reported from inside Hurricane Wilma, and a video featuring him being swept off his feet by the wind went viral on the internet.

Al revealed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2020, underwent surgery on 9 November, and was declared cancer-free on 17 November.

General Info

Full NameDeborah Roberts
ProfessionJournalist
EducationUniversity of Georgia, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseAl Roker
ChildrenLeila Roker, Nicholas Albert Roker
ParentsBenjamin Roberts, Ruth Roberts
SiblingsTina Clarington

Accomplishments

AwardsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form, Special Classification for Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement - Programs, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story – Long Form
NominationsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine
TV ShowsABC 2000 Today, 20/20, Dateline NBC, ABC's The Lookout

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Facts

#Fact
1Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 41, a son named Nicholas Albert Roker on July 18, 1998 in New York. Child's father is her husband, Al Roker.
2Gave birth to her 1st child at age 38, a daughter named Leila Ruth Roker on November 17, 1998. Child's father is her husband, Al Roker.
3Has a step-daughter, Courtney Roker (b.1987).

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nashville2016TV SeriesDeborah Roberts
The Wayne & Shuster Comedy Special1973TV Series

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ABC News Nightline2016TV SeriesHerself
Steve Harvey2016TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2013-2016TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent / Herself - Guest
The View2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself - Judge / Herself - Co-Author, 'Been There, Done That'
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir2011-2016TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
The Dr. Oz Show2016TV SeriesHerself
20/202005-2016TV Series documentaryHerself - Correspondent / Herself - Correspondent (segment "The Pool") / Herself - Correspondent (segment "Love You to Death") / ...
Rachael Ray2016TV SeriesHerself
20/20 on ID2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
The Lookout2013TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
Entertainment Tonight2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times2009TV MovieHerself
ABC News: Inauguration 20092009TV MovieHerself - Correspondent
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHerself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Dateline NBC1994TV Series documentaryHerself - Correspondent

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself
The Lookout2013TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2010EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long FormABC News: Inauguration 2009 (2009)
2000EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement - Programs & SegmentsABC 2000: The Millennium (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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