Today Show Co-host
As weatherman and host of NBC’s Today, Al Roker has the undivided attention of more than 32 million viewers every morning. Roker’s on-air duties involve more than just the weather—this 12-time Emmy winner conducts interviews with celebrities, newsmakers and people from around the world. He also hosts major NBC network specials, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting and the Rose Bowl Parade. According to the New York Post, Al Roker is the “best-known and best-loved weatherman in the world!”
Roker is also the best-selling author of five acclaimed books. His newest book, “Never Goin’ Back,” refers to his lifetime struggle with weight and how he finally broke the yo-yo cycle—for good. His first book, “Don’t Make Me Stop This Car: Adventures in Fatherhood” spent weeks atop the New York Times best-seller list. In 2002, “Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue” became a summer blockbuster hit, and his second cookbook, “Al Roker’s Hassle-Free Holiday Cookbook” followed in its success.
Al has also carved out a successful entrepreneurial career as head of Al Roker Productions, Inc., a thriving multimedia company involved in the production of more than 100 programs. Roker appeared in two critically acclaimed PBS specials, “Savage Skies,” and travel series “Going Places,” which PBS notes as among the highest rated in its history.
For more than 31 years, Roker has built a unique place in television history, due to his great sense of humor, accessibility, compassion and understanding of the human condition. His willingness to help others, his intelligence and his commitment to family as a devoted husband, father and son have all solidified his position as one of the most important members of America’s television community. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this captivating speaker; register for ANC 2013 now!!
Journalist and TV Host
Lisa Ling is currently executive producer and host of “Our America” on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. In the first season, Lisa embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin and got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement. In season two, Lisa witnessed the manifestation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in returning veterans or war and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in the nation’s capital.
As the former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' “Nightline” and National Geographic's “Explorer,” Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India, the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Central America, among other issues that are too often ignored.
Lisa got her start in journalism at 21 years old as a correspondent for Channel One News, covering the civil war in Afghanistan, as well as stories in dozens of countries around the world. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show “The View,” which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.
Lisa was a special correspondent for CNN's “Planet in Peril” series and is a contributing editor for USA Today's USA Weekend magazine. She is the co-author of “Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood” and “Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home,” which she penned with her sister, Laura. Ling is a co-founder of www.SecretSocietyofWomen.com, a contributor to www.iVolunteer.org and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Museum.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Author and Illustrator
In the world of Jarrett J. Krosoczka, school nutrition professionals are superheroes. In the author/illustrator’s “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series, three curious students discover the crime-fighting ways of their heroic lunch lady and team up to keep the school safe from cyborg substitutes, conniving photographers and mutant mathletes. The main character in the series is based on Krosoczka’s childhood school lunch lady, whom he admired. The series itself has earned accolades such as the Children’s Choice Book Award (twice!) and a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award nomination. It’s now in development to become a feature film. Come hear Krosoczka’s story of how a school nutrition professional transforms into a schoolyard superhero. This general session concludes with a special presentation that you don’t want to miss—stay tuned for details!