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Mo Rocca

CBS News Correspondent & Television Personality

Whether as an event MC, guest host, or a featured speaker, Mo Rocca entertains his audience with his unique brand of comedy. With his signature wit and humor, he talks about his experiences as a journalist, writer/producer, and actor. He is known for researching the organization where he’ll be speaking before the event, and then incorporating facts about it into his talk. “I love trivia.  I know all our state birds.  New Mexico’s is my favorite.  It’s the roadrunner,” he points out. Rocca’s unique combination of comedy and commentary keeps audiences engaged and entertained, while also making them think.

BIO

Humorist, journalist and actor Mo Rocca is best known for his off-beat news reports and satirical commentary. Currently, a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, Rocca is also the host of CBS’s series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. The show features stories about some of the world’s greatest inventions—past and present—and the effort it took to create them, educating and inspiring audiences with stories of creativity, hard work, and passion. Mo created and hosted the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learned to cook from grandparents across America. He is also a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

In January of 2019, Rocca’s podcast Mobituaries debuted as a joint venture between CBS News and Simon & Schuster. Rocca’s long love of obituaries led him to launch the project, an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have long intrigued him—from an unsung Founding Father to the first Chinese-American superstar, from Neanderthals to the station wagon. Each of the first season’s eight episodes is richly produced, consisting of Rocca’s narrated storytelling combined with his original interviews (e.g. President Bill Clinton, whose inauguration pushed Audrey Hepburn’s obit off the front page) and some never-before-heard voices from the past, courtesy of the CBS News archives. The Mobituaries book will be published in November 2019, to coincide with the second season, and will offer new, original stories combined with expanded “Mobits” from the podcast.

Mo spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and four seasons as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On Broadway, he played Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other stage credits include Doody in the Southeast Asian Tour of Grease.

Mo Rocca began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. He went on to write and produce for other kids series, including ABC’s Pepper Ann and Nickelodeon’s The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss—a pre-school series combining the whimsy of Seuss characters with the magic of Jim Henson puppetry.

Mo is the author of All the Presidents’ Pets and Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving—a companinon piece to his hit podcast of the same name—an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.

In 2015, all three of Mo Rocca’s shows earned a total of five daytime Emmy Nominations, with CBS Sunday Morning and Innovation Nation each winning for excellence in programming.

Humorist, journalist and actor Mo Rocca is best known for his off-beat news reports and satirical commentary. Currently, a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, Rocca is also the host of CBS’s series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. The show features stories about some of the world’s greatest inventions—past and present—and the effort it took to create them, educating and inspiring audiences with stories of creativity, hard work, and passion. Mo created and hosted the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learned to cook from grandparents across America. He is also a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

In January of 2019, Rocca’s podcast Mobituaries debuted as a joint venture between CBS News and Simon & Schuster. Rocca’s long love of obituaries led him to launch the project, an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have long intrigued him—from an unsung Founding Father to the first Chinese-American superstar, from Neanderthals to the station wagon. Each of the first season’s eight episodes is richly produced, consisting of Rocca’s narrated storytelling combined with his original interviews (e.g. President Bill Clinton, whose inauguration pushed Audrey Hepburn’s obit off the front page) and some never-before-heard voices from the past, courtesy of the CBS News archives. The Mobituaries book will be published in November 2019, to coincide with the second season, and will offer new, original stories combined with expanded “Mobits” from the podcast.

Mo spent four seasons as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and four seasons as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On Broadway, he played Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other stage credits include Doody in the Southeast Asian Tour of Grease.

Mo Rocca began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. He went on to write and produce for other kids series, including ABC’s Pepper Ann and Nickelodeon’s The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss—a pre-school series combining the whimsy of Seuss characters with the magic of Jim Henson puppetry.

Mo is the author of All the Presidents’ Pets and Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving—a companinon piece to his hit podcast of the same name—an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.

In 2015, all three of Mo Rocca’s shows earned a total of five daytime Emmy Nominations, with CBS Sunday Morning and Innovation Nation each winning for excellence in programming.

Media

"What a treat to have his great talent and humor featured at two of our recent events. I know that our guests very much enjoyed his stories and presentation. He was terrific!"

National Parks Conservation Association

SPEECH TOPICS

From the Constitution To the Kitchen: A Conversation with Mo Rocca

Books & Media
Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth RelivingAll the Presidents’ Pets book coverElectoral Dysfunction book cover