Host Bio



Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca is a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and host and creator of the Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learns to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers across the country.  He’s 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 seriesWishbone. He went on to write and produce for other kids series, including ABC’s Pepper Ann and Nickelodeon’s The WubbulousWorld 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.

Alie Ward

Alie Ward was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Passionate about both science and art, she enrolled in UC Santa Barbara studying both animal biology & film, then obtained her degree from SF State University’s film program, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Since then, she has hosted numerous television programs, spent several years in both print and on-air journalism, reported on art and events as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and appeared as a contributor for Los Angeles area broadcast station KTLA.
After appearing in a cooking tutorial with friend and food blogger Georgia Hardstark, the video went viral and the two were written up in a feature for the New York Times. Alie and Georgia were then awarded a contract with Food Network where they wrote and co-starred in the web series “Drinks with Alie & Georgia” and continue to appear as regular on-air contributors for Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets.” In 2013, Alie and Georgia sold and debuted their own travel-food TV series “Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia” for Cooking Channel. Alie also writes and hosts prime-time recaps for ABC.

In her spare time, Alie volunteers as a teacher at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, and pursues entomology, natural history, and anything science-related as passions. She loves an excuse to go on a road trip, has a vast bug collection, and has been known to organize midnight stargazing picnics for her friends.

Adam Yamaguchi

Adam Yamaguchi is an award-winning news/documentary correspondent and producer.  He has contributed to NBC News and CNN, and produced the Animal Planet docu-series “Ice Cold Gold.”

Yamaguchi was executive producer and correspondent for Vanguard, an hour long documentary series for Current TV in the U.S., which was distributed worldwide. The series was renowned for its groundbreaking, immersive investigative reporting, and earned the prestigious Peabody and DuPont awards for news reporting under Yamaguchi.

Yamaguchi is a seasoned traveler, having worked in and visited over 75 countries; he has focused much of his reporting on global conflict zones.  He has reported extensively on the deadly drug wars in Mexico and throughout Latin America, on environmental and humanitarian crises, and on wildlife trafficking in Asia.

Yamaguchi was a producer for TV Asahi, one of Japan’s national broadcast networks, where he reported on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He began his television career as a producer for CNN and Fox Sports.  Yamaguchi earned degrees in communications studies and economics from UCLA.

Albert Lawrence

Whether on a stage or in the field, Albert Lawrence’s desire is to uplift anyone within sight or earshot! After graduating from Yale University, he launched his Talk of Fame YouTube channel create thoughtful programming for fellow pop culture enthusiasts. He later became a Correspondent for ABC7 Los Angeles and contributed to coverage for awards specials surrounding the Oscars, Emmys, and American Music Awards. He also enjoys emceeing national fundraising events for organizations like AVON 39: The Walk to End Breast Cancer and Equinox’s Cycle for Survival.