- Al Roker has been the weather presenter for ‘Today’ since 1996
- Beloved star has hosted NBC’s coverage of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1995
- In 2023, Al revealed he would be a grandfather for the first time.
Al-Roker has been the beloved weather anchor on Today for over 25 years. The Queens native, born in 1954, has warmed the hearts of all of America with his upbeat personality and optimism. But no one loves Al more than his wife, fellow TV reporter. Deborah Robertsand her three children. Courtney36, is Al’s daughter from his previous marriage to Alice Bellas he shares Leila24, and Nicholas, 20 years old, with Deborah. Learn about Al’s three children and their special relationship with their father.
Al married WNBC producer Alice Bell in 1984, and three years later they adopted a baby girl they named Courtney. Courtney has lived most of her life away from her spotlight. In April 2020, Al announced via Instagram that his daughter had gotten engaged to her boyfriend. Wesley Laga. “I was waiting to have the ok, but now that it’s on his insta, we are so delighted [Welsey] asked [Courtney] to marry her,” Al wrote in his post, alongside photos of Courtney showing off her engagement ring with Wesley. “I couldn’t be happier for these two.” Courtney shared the same photos and revealed the engagement was to take place in Paris, but plans changed due to pandemic travel restrictions.
More than a year after the engagement, Courtney and Wesley tied the knot in a romantic ceremony attended by her entire family. Al’s work colleagues Hoda Kotb, CRAig Melvin, Sheinelle JonesAnd Dylan Dreyer were also there. Courtney wore a plunging white dress, which had embellishments on the chest. “Last night was beyond anything I could imagine,” she wrote alongside gorgeous wedding photos shared on IG. “I celebrated my love for my husband and felt everyone’s love. My heart is filled with happiness and filled with joy. And I must say that my husband’s dance steps are not too much. shabby.
In March 2023, Courtney took to her Instagram to announce that the couple were expecting! Of course, proud dad Al commented, and even included a suggestion for what he’d like his new grandson to call him. “Here we go!!! So very very happy!!!!! You guys,” Al wrote, adding, “Going for ‘Pop-Pop’.
After his divorce from Alice, Al married Deborah in 1995. Their daughter Leila was born on November 17, 1988. Leila attended college at the American University of Paris in France, according to his LinkedIn. She followed in her parents’ footsteps and worked in journalism, although she did not appear on television like Al and Deborah. Leila was an intern for ABC News’ coverage of Prince Harry And Meghan Markle‘s wedding in 2018. His later jobs have included freelance writer for WWD and production assistant for NBC News’ coverage of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. She currently works as both a contributor for Today and as a junior digital consultant for global PR firm Weber Shandwick.
Al and Deborah’s youngest child, son Nicholas, was born July 18, 2002. Nick has special needs. In a personal essay for Signposts magazine in 2019, Al described his son as “somewhere on the [autism] ghostly and possibly obsessive-compulsive. The famous meteorologist added: “Do I sometimes get frustrated with my son? You bet. But then I remember my dad, how understanding he was. And Deborah reminds me that I have to show my son that I love him, but that I love him too. More than that, I admire him.
Nick competed in the 2019 New York Special Olympics Summer Games at Vassar College and won two gold medals in swimming races. Her parents proudly shared the news on Instagram. The journalist duo were also thrilled when Nick entered college, which Deborah revealed on an episode of View in December 2021. “As many of you know, we went on a journey with our son, Nick, who throughout his life struggled with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities,” Deborah said. , adding: “But he has achieved so much. He got a black belt in taekwondo, he swam competitively. He just got accepted to college.
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