Willard Scott is a former television personality known for his morning-show appearances in which he sent birthday wishes to centenarians.
Born in Virginia in 1934, Willard Scott served as a DJ and weatherman in Washington, D.C., from 1950 to 1972. He began his celebrated tenure as weatherman for the Today show in 1980, remaining a fixture on the morning program until sliding into a part-time role in 1996. Scott is also the author or co-author of seven books, and was awarded the Private Sector Award for Public Service from President Ronald Reagan in 1985. He officially retired from TV in December 2015.
Television personality. Born on March 7, 1934, in Alexandria, Virginia. Perhaps best known for the ebullient birthday wishes he extended to centenarians each day on NBC's Today show, Scott began his familiar morning show post in March 1980.
Scott started his career with NBC as a page in 1950, after graduating from American University with a B.A. in philosophy and religion. He served as a radio disc jockey and weatherman at various stations in Washington, D.C., from 1950 to 1972. In 1968, he began reporting the weather for the NBC affiliate WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
Scott is the author or co-author of seven books, including America Is My Neighborhood (1987) and The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune (2003). He has also distinguished himself with his public-service efforts. He was awarded the Private Sector Award for Public Service from President Ronald Reagan in 1985.
In October 2002, Scott suffered a great loss when his wife, Mary, died of cancer. They had been married for 43 years and raised two daughters together, Mary and Sally. In April 2014, Scott tied the knot once again, this time with an old news colleague named Paris Keena.
Following several years in a part-time role with Today, Scott officially ended his 65-year career with NBC on December 15, 2015. In response, Today anchor Savannah Guthrie declared the venerable TV personality to be "in the marrow and the DNA of this show. He's probably the most identified with the show than anybody."