Who is Alice Bell, Courtney Roker's mother and Al Roker's ex-wife?

Bruno Cooke June 7, 2021
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Courtney Roker married her fiancé, Wesley Laga, on Friday at the Ashford Estate in New Jersey. Who is Al Roker’s ex-wife and mother of his first daughter, Alice Bell? When did she and Al Roker marry, and when did they separate?

Who is Courtney Roker’s mother, Alice Bell (formerly Roker)?

Courtney, 34, is the daughter of Al Roker and his second wife, then WNBC-TV producer for Live At Five, Alice Bell.

Alice Bell and Al Roker married in 1984. Roker had previously been married once, but that marriage ended in divorce.

Bell and Roker adopted Courtney as an infant in 1987, three years after they married. 

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Their marriage, however, also ended in divorce, in 1994 – although by other accounts they separated in 1992.

Who is Al Roker’s wife now?

Al Roker has since had two children, Leila (born 1998) and Nicholas (born 2002), with his current wife of 26 years, Deborah Roberts.

Born 1960, Al Roker’s wife Deborah Roberts is an American television journalist for the ABC broadcast network.

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They married in 1995, and reside together in Manhattan.

Was Al Roker’s daughter Courtney’s mother at the wedding?

Courtney shared several photos of her wedding – to actor, director, teacher, DJ and MC Wesley Laga – to her Instagram feed.

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While her stepmother Deborah Roberts was clearly in attendance, it is not clear whether or not Courtney’s mother, Al Roker’s ex-wife Alice Bell, was there.

Bruno is a postgraduate student studying global journalism, with research interests in the intersection of the media, storytelling, culture and politics. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Packs Light and Forge Press, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com. He is a Student Ambassador for Tortoise Media, a big fan of Freddie Mercury and a novelist – his debut novel, Reveries, is available on Amazon.