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Kennedy Lecture Series

Ohio University’s Kennedy Lecture Series was established in 1962 by a gift from OHIO alumni and stalwart supporters Edwin L. and Ruth Kennedy. The Kennedy Lecture Series aims to bring speakers who appeal to a broad cross-section of the OHIO community to the Athens Campus to discuss significant issues in American life.

2020-2021 Speakers


Al Roker Headshot

Al Roker 

March 2, 2021, 7:30pm 
Visit www.ohio.edu/kennedylecture to participate in this live virtual event. 

As a host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, along with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, Al Roker has the undivided attention of the nation (over 32 million viewers per week) every weekday morning as America prepares for work.  

Spanning a 35-year plus career and a thirteen-time Emmy winner, Al conducts interviews with celebrities and newsmakers around the world and does a wide variety of segments on every imaginable subject.  

A thirteen-time Emmy winner, Al is also an accomplished television producer. He is Owner/CEO of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. (ARE) which creates compelling, targeted stories for multiple distribution platforms and is involved in the development and production of network, cable, digital, and home video content. ARE produces programming for a diverse clientele including NBC News, MSNBC, Twitch, Facebook, TLC, Lifetime, A&E, The History Channel, E!, Discovery Networks, PBS, TV ONE, Oxygen, The Cartoon Network, The Weather Channel and NBC Television Stations Group.

As a leader in new media broadcasting, Al recently launched Roker Media (@RKRMedia), a creative consortium combining talent, production, amplification, and brand building for digital and live streaming platforms, leveraging audiences where they live online. Working with the latest media technology, Roker Media produces a new generation of shareable social video content for an on-the-go, mobile-first audience.

Al is a bestselling author with eleven acclaimed books to his credit and his latest book, You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success, was released on July 28, 2020 but Hachette and to great acclaim. His mystery novel, The Midnight Show Murders (part of a 3-book trilogy) is now a Hallmark Chanel TV movie starring Holly Robinson Peete and Rick Fox.

As an avid social media contributor, Al regularly tweets @AlRoker; shares photos from his travels on Instagram, posts on his website, and talks with his audience on Facebook.

Al lives in New York City with his wife, ABC Correspondent Deborah Roberts and has three kids.