Mo Rocca

CBS News Correspondent & Television Personality

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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.

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

About Mo Rocca

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 new 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. On the Cooking Channel, Rocca hosts the hit series My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country. He is also a frequent panelist on NPR’s hit weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

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, a historical novel about White House pets and their role in presidential decision-making.

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.

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