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Ashton Altieri | KXTV | Sacramento | ABC

Ashton Altieri is NEWS10's Morning Meteorologist. He came to northern California from sister station KUSA in Denver in January 2012. He has also worked at TV stations in Michigan, Mississippi, and Iowa. Ashton is an Eagle Scout who associates his passion for weather to earning the weather merit badge when he was young. A very memorable encounter with a nearby tornado while camping one summer in northern Michigan sealed his interest in the subject. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2002 with a degree in Meteorology and Broadcasting and also earned a Master of Science degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University in 2004. While in grad school, Ashton worked weekends about 30 miles east at WCBI in Columbus, MS. Ashton was awarded the coveted Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation by the American Meteorological Society in 2008 and he also holds the Television Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

Jim Cantore | The Weather Channel

My Hometown
White River Junction, VT

Education
B.S. in Meteorology, Lyndon State College

Interests & Hobbies
Skiing, playing softball and golf. I enjoy landscaping and have a fine collection of Japanese Maples. I enjoy spending time with my two children. As for my musical interests, I really like Sinatra. Other favorites include, Rat Pack, Jimmy Buffet, Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sting, Nickleback, Daughtry, The Cure, New Order, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Journey, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry and Jeffrey Steele.

Awards & Accreditations
National Weather Association
American Meteorological Society
AMS Seal of Approval
American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet member

Spencer Christian | KGO | San Francisco | ABC

After more than 41 years in TV news, I still wouldn't trade jobs with anyone in the world. I've been a news reporter, sportscaster, talk show host, and weather forecaster. My assignments and travels have taken me to all 50 states and 5 continents. I've had the privilege of interviewing 5 presidents; the most prominent figures in sports, world affairs, and the arts; and, most memorably, ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. Of course, there have also been unsettling momentsreporting from hurricanes, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, virtually every natural calamity known to mankindbut I can't imagine any career path that would have been more enriching or rewarding.

As a news junkie in my early childhood, I read the newspaper every day to get my politics fix and to satisfy my burning curiosity about the world. But I also liked a dash of humor in my news recipe, so I enjoyed watching legendary TV journalists like David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite, who often added a wink and a smile to an otherwise "hard news" broadcast. In college during the late 1960s, my love of language and literature led me to major in English, while choosing to minor in journalism. I also played varsity baseball and had a Major League tryout in my junior year. It was clear, though, that my journalistic skills exceeded my baseball talent; so I wisely followed my nose for news.

I began my career as a news reporter in 1971, at the NBC TV affiliate in Richmond, VA, just 25 miles from my childhood home. Aside from general assignment reporting and lighthearted features, my regular "beat" included state and local politics, the federal courts, and education. I could not have forecast then that weather would be my ticket to the big time. But, following a two-week stint "filling in" on weather, I became the station's main weatherperson; and by the mid-1970s, after a brief stop at the NBC station in Baltimore, I was on my way to WABC-TV in New York. Skies were looking sunny! I spent 9 years at WABC, serving first as weatherman, then morning show host, and finally main sportscaster. During all of those years, I made frequent appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, filling in on weather and doing feature reports and interviews. In 1986, I joined GMA fulltime as weather forecaster, feature reporter, and guest host. Over the next 13 years, I not only travelled the world, but I also served as spokesperson for ABC's literacy campaign, wrote and published a series of children's books, and had the opportunity to indulge my passion for wine as the host of "Spencer Christian's Wine Cellar", which aired on HGTV and later on the Food Network from 1995 to 2000.

After 22 years in New York, I heard the Bay Area and the wine country calling my name. ABC7 has been my home since 1999, and I now get to test my forecasting skills for the Bay Area's micro-climates. In my time away from work, I enjoy visiting wineries, watching baseball (or just about any sport), working out at the gym, and doing community service. But my greatest joy is spending time with my son and daughter, Jason and Jessica. We enjoy sports events and wine tastings together; and, after all these years, they still laugh at my jokes.

Kris Crocker | KXLY | Spokane | ABC

Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker brings you the KXLY 4 HD Forecast every weeknight on KXLY4 News at 5, 6 and 11. You can also hear Kris' forecasts in the afternoons on KXLY 920 and 700 ESPN The Ticket. Kris' dedication to bringing you the most accurate weather forecasts in the Inland Northwest has been recognized with two Emmy nominations, and Kris proudly displays the coveted "Seal of Approval" from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Kris completed the Broadcast Meteorology program at Mississippi State University and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism and communications at Oklahoma State University.

It was in her hometown of Idaho Falls, Idaho where Kris started her weather career in 1993. She's also worked at television stations in Lansing and Flint, Michigan. Kris and her husband, Jerry, have three daughters: Sophie (6), Danielle (3) and Gabrielle (also 3!). They also share their home with two adopted cats from Pet Savers. Kris loves taking advantage of the many outdoor activities in the Inland Northwest, but she especially likes to snowboard, run, and spend time in Manito Park with her family. In the community, Kris has played violin with the Spokane Falls Community Orchestra, has served on the Spokane City Arts Commission, and serves as spokeswoman for the annual KXLY4 Coats 4 Kids drive.

Casey Curry | KTRK | Houston | ABC

Meteorologist Casey Curry joined the Eyewitness Weather team in August 2006. Casey started her broadcast career in Victoria, Texas. Before moving to Houston, she worked in Kansas City, Denver, Indianapolis, Chicago, and Abilene, Texas. She is a graduate of the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State and earned her Journalism degree at the University of Colorado. Casey is an "Army brat" and calls the world her home. She was born in Panama and attended nine elementary schools. She's thrilled to be back in southeast Texas and closer to her parents, whose latest stop is Alexandria, Louisiana.

Kent Ehrhardt | KMOV | St Loius | CBS

Kent Ehrhardt delivers weekday weathercasts on "News 4 This Morning." Since joining "News 4 St. Louis," Ehrhardt has covered severe weather, including tornadoes, threatening thunderstorms and snowstorms in the Midwest region. Ehrhardt joined KMOV Channel 4 as Chief Meteorologist in June of 1998, marking his return to St. Louis, his hometown. He graduated from Pattonville Senior High School. Ehrhardt's forecasts can also be seen everyday in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis' daily newspaper.

Ehrhardt was widely recognized for his expertise in severe weather coverage as the Chief Meteorologist for 13 years at WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida. His career highlights include round-the-clock coverage of hurricanes Andrew, Gilbert, Hugo, Gordon and Erin. His forecasts were also available in numerous newspapers as well as on radio throughout south Florida. Ehrhardt was honored with several awards for his superior hurricane coverage including The Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference Media Award and The National Hurricane Conference Media Award. Ehrhardt was also honored with the Missouri Broadcasters Association Best Weathercast Award in 1999 and 2002.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Southeast Missouri State University and is certified in Advanced Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ehrhardt also earned science and meteorology credits from Portland State University, Lyndon State College, Palm Beach Community College and various conferences and workshops. In addition, he has earned the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association Seals of Approval. He has served as a Board Member of the National Weather Association and in 1995 was named Member of the Year.

Ehrhardt has been named the "Official Meteorologist" for the American Lung Association of Eastern Missouri (ALAEM) and, as such, lends his expertise to that organization in their role of assessing and reporting air quality in our viewing area. In partnership with the ALAEM, Ehrhardt provides viewers with the 4 Warn Aircast, an exclusive daily forecast broadcast on "News 4 St. Louis" (from mid-May through mid-September) in which he forecasts the next day's air quality. The 4 Warn Aircast is an annual informational campaign that educates viewers on the health hazards of poor air quality. The campaign also encourages residents to make proactive changes to reduce or eliminate ozone-producing activities during this critical season, in an effort to reduce the ground level ozone pollution and to help St. Louis clean the air.

In addition, Ehrhardt is the "Official Meteorologist" of the St. Louis Attractions Association, a non-profit organization representing more than 140 of the metropolitan area's top attractions. He has also served as "Official Meteorologist" for several of St. Louis' largest events. Giving back to the community is important to Ehrhardt. Throughout the year, he appears at many local schools, churches and non-profit events. In 2000, the St. Louis Chapter of Special Olympics asked him to join their Resource Development team. Ehrhardt was very active with Special Olympics when he was in Florida. In fact, he was inducted into the Palm Beach County Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 1999, in recognition of his many years of service there.

Ehrhardt said that he had no plans of leaving the West Palm Beach area, but then the call came that he couldn't refuse. When he accepted the position as Chief Meteorologist at KMOV Channel 4, colleagues who learned he was leaving knew immediately where he was moving. "They knew the only place I'd go was St. Louis. I'd talked to them forever about the great sense of community here, about how there's no better place in the world to raise children," Ehrhardt said. Ehrhardt's love for the city is limitless. He finds beauty and enjoyment in all aspects of St. Louis, including the people, the traditions, the food and the scenery. He considers the Arch, Busch Stadium and the Budweiser sign on Highway 40 as his favorite landmarks here.

Bill Evans | WABC | New York | ABC

A member of WABC-TV since December 13th of 1989, Bill Evans is the Senior Meteorologist for Eyewitness News in the Morning and Eyewitness at Noon. Bill, a 5-time Emmy award winner for Outstanding On-Camera Achievement in Weather Broadcasting, also broadcasts the weather with "Scott and Todd in the Morning" and throughout the day on 95.5FM WPLJ Radio.

Bill is most noted for his live weather broadcasts on-location all over the Tri-State area, Florida, and the Caribbean. He has done the weather while playing basketball with Patrick Ewing of the NY Knicks, skating with Olympic Gold Medalist Christie Yamaguci, and playing golf with Tiger Woods. In addition, Bill has done the weather while swimming with dolphins, underwater with sharks, seals, sea lions, and beluga whales, sky diving, race car driving, bungie jumping, and water skiing on the Hudson and East Rivers. Every year Bill plays himself in The Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall and has played Lumier (the candlestick) on Broadway in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Bill has also appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America", and "Live with Regis and Kelly".

Bill began his broadcasting career at the age of 13 in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi on WDAL Radio and WTOK-TV. He attended Mississippi State University in Business Administration and Jackson State University in Meteorology. In 1985 the National Weather Service named him "Outstanding Meteorologist" for his forecasting and reporting during Hurricane Elena. He comes to us from WFAA in Dallas where he was Meteorologist for the evening news and the morning show host for KHYI-95 FM Radio. Prior to that he was Meteorologist for WALA-TV in Mobile, AL and was morning show host on WABB-97 FM Radio. Bill is an avid fund raiser for many children's charities including Babies Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, Junior Achievement, and YAI The National Young Adult Institute. He also hosts golf tournaments to raise funds for The Red Cross of New Jersey and Special Olympics of New York. Bill and his wife Dana have four lovely and beautiful children, daughter Maggie, son William, and twin daughters Julia and Sarah.

Greg Fishel | WRAL | Raleigh | CBS

Professional Experience
1981 to present: meteorologist, WRAL-TV; 1980 to 1981: meteorologist, WMDT-TV, Salisbury, Md.; 1979 to 1980: meteorologist, Mesomet, Chicago, Ill.

Awards & Recognition
1985 American Meteorological Society award for broadcast excellence for reporting a March 1984 tornado; American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for television and radio; member of broadcast board of the American Meteorological Society; chairperson of AMS Broadcast Board Committee to develop 100-question exam for new Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Program; member of Advisory Commissions for North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the state Climate Office of North Carolina; first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States; recipient of Emmy from Midsouth Region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for hurricane special in 2000; one of six recipients of Special Award from American Meteorological Society in 2006

News Philosophy
Content is more important than entertainment

Education
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, 1979, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Penn.

Birthplace
Lancaster, Pa.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement
Sports, music (I play the tuba), member of Saint Francis United Methodist Church

Family
Wife, Kathy; sons Brandon and Austin

Paul Goodloe | The Weather Channel

My Hometown
New Rochelle, NY

Education
Undergraduate Degree, University of Texas
Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley

Interests & Hobbies
I enjoy skiing, snowboarding, golf, tennis, and traveling. As for my musical interests, I'm a fan of Hip Hop (especially old school), neo-soul, R&B, and Jazz. Some of the artists I listen to are The Notorious B.I.G., Eric B. & Rakim, Afrika Bambaataa, Pete Rock & C.L.Smooth, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Jasmine Sullivan, John Legend, Robin Thicke, The Isley Brothers, Sade, Prince, Joss Stone, Maxwell, Miles Davis, Norman Brown, & Kenny G just to name a few.

Why did you choose Meteorology?
I love to talk about the weather, and I have convinced people to pay me to do it.

Awards & Accreditations
The American Meteorological Society
The National Weather Association
The National Association of Black Journalists
Voted People magazine's 2001 "Top 50 Most Beautiful People in the World"

Nick Gregory | WNYW | New York | FOX

Nick Gregory joined Fox 5 in December 1986 and brings viewers the weather on Fox 5 News at 5, 6 and 10 pm. Before joining Fox 5 News, Gregory served as the morning meteorologist for CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to CNN, he served as meteorologist for WTLV-Channel 12 (ABC) in Jacksonville, Florida.

Gregory has been honored with several awards over the course of his career. He has been on the American Meteorologist Society's "Board of Broadcast Meteorology" and was Chairman of the Board in 1992. He has received the AMS Seal of Approval for Excellence in Television Weathercasting and both the "New York Post" and the "Daily News" have named him the most accurate weather forecaster in New York City. He participates in many charities and is also very involved in the community visiting schools all across the tri-state area. In recognition of this, Gregory has been awarded the New York City Comptroller's Award for outstanding community service.

A 1982 graduate of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont, Gregory holds a bachelor's degree in meteorology. He has been a licensed pilot for 22 years, as well as a flight instructor and is the Fox 5 News aviation expert on any aviation story. He also flies missions for Angel Flight, a non-profit organization that provides free transportation for financially needy patients and families to and from their medical treatments. Gregory is married, has three children and resides in the New York area.

Belinda Jensen | KARE | Minneapolis | NBC

Belinda Jensen obtained her AMS Seal of Approval for broadcast meteorology and has worked for the National Weather Service. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology.

She has also done graduate work in secondary education through the University of Utah. She enjoys serving her community through involvement in the schools, trying to involve students, particularly girls, in science.

When I was young, I wanted to be: A social studies teacher, veterinarian or florist

Favorite story you ever worked on: Turtle tale in Oahu.

Favorite food: Saltimbocca

Describe your perfect day: A warm, autumn day, breezy, beautiful fall leaves, bike rides with my son and husband, then meeting up with friends for a bbq and good wine.

What do you order at a coffee shop? Dark roast with a shot of espresso and half-and-half.

Proudest moment: Tanner's birthday.

Favorite Vacation spot: Maui

Favorite subject in school: Geography

Favorite sport to play: Tennis

Why do you like your job? The creativity that goes along with it is fun. Weather is never boring...ever!

Family: Belinda and her husband David have a son Tanner, born in early 2003, and a daughter Tori, born in July 2007.

Kevin Lemanowicz | WFXT | Boston | FOX

Kevin Lemanowicz was the first chief meteorologist for FOX25 News at Ten in 1996, and has guided viewers through all the twists and turns of New England weather for two decades. Kevin loves the challenge of forecasting the changeable New England weather. A native New Englander, he has had the opportunity to see what a powerful impact weather has on the lives of New England residents.

From severe winter storms like the blizzard that hit the day after Christmas last year to severe thunderstorms in the summer, Kevin's expertise helps bring in-depth forecasting and informed reporting to viewers across the region. During the tornadoes that ripped through western and central Massachusetts this past spring, Kevin was on the air continuously until the storms weakened enough that viewers were safe.

Kevin is active in the community, especially area schools. His classroom visits have been a big hit with students and teachers throughout eastern Massachusetts and have now become SKYPE discussions, reaching even more classrooms. Kevin visits students and teachers via webcam over the internet, giving them a better understanding of how weather works both locally and globally. Kevin also shares his meteorology and science expertise with a variety of groups throughout the region including the Massachusetts Middle School Scholars, Weston Observatory Lecture Series, and the All-Ivy Club's debate about the Cape Wind Project.

Before coming to FOX25, Kevin was chief meteorologist at WTIC in Hartford, CT. He has also worked at the New England Weather Service in Hartford, providing forecasts for private industry and radio stations. Prior to that, Kevin was a staff meteorologist at Fleetweather, Inc., where he tracked storms for radio, schools, private industry and the Weather Channel. Kevin began his career as a meteorologist at WVIT-TV in Hartford, CT.

Kevin is a recognized Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society and has been nominated 14 times for an Emmy for New England's Best Meteorologist. He is a strong supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and an active participant in the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. Kevin graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, and is married with two sons.

Maureen McCann | KMGH | Denver | ABC

Maureen McCann knew she wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist at the age of 4, when Hurricane Gloria blew through her New England hometown. That sparked her interest in weather. Maureen says broadcast meteorology is the perfect career to channel all of her interests: weather, geography, journalism, public speaking, the outdoors and community service.

She began her broadcast career at WABI in Bangor, Maine shortly after graduating college. Then she spent three years forecasting the challenges of lake-effect snow at WTVH in Syracuse, New York as the weekday morning meteorologist. Prior to joining the 24/7 Weather team in February 2011, she was a meteorologist at YNN, the 24-hour Time Warner news network in Austin, Texas. In 2002, Maureen earned her BS in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University. She also has completed coursework toward a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. In April 2008, Maureen was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, a professional recognition of the quality of her weather broadcasts.

Maureen is an active member of both the AMS and the National Weather Association. Maureen is a native of Arlington, Massachusetts, outside of Boston, so she's used to snow and cold. She is an avid skier and also loves to snowshoe. She is a dedicated member of Red Sox Nation, and also likes to cheer on the Patriots and Celtics. Anyone that knows her is aware that Huey Lewis and the News is her favorite band. Maureen holds membership in the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Her other interests include running, golf, tennis, winemaking (a hobby she picked up while living in the Finger Lakes region of New York), and traveling.

Samantha Mohr | WXIA/CNNi | Atlanta | NBC/CNN

Emmy award winning Samantha Mohr served as Chief Meteorologist at KPIX in San Francisco and covered weather in Phoenix and Houston before returning home to Georgia at The Weather Channel in 2007. Now contributing to CNN World Weather and 11Alive her career has taken Samantha from coast to coast and along the way it has been a pleasure to talk to people about the weather.

Interests & Hobbies
Spending time in the kitchen cooking with family and friends tops the list. Also road cycling, ballroom dancing and musical theatre are some of my passions.

Why did you choose Meteorology?
I became interested in weather during my teen years in Columbus when a tornado picked up a nearby stable and wrapped it around the pine trees in my backyard.

Awards & Accreditations
2004 Emmy for "Best Weathercast in Northern California"
AP Award for "Best Weathercast in Northern California"
Radio-Television News Directors Award for "Best Weather Segment/Story"
American Meteorological Society Broadcast Board member, AMS Broadcast Seal of Approval, NWA

John Morales | WTVJ | Miami | NBC

Award-winning meteorologist John Morales joined NBC Miami as Chief Meteorologist in May 2009. John has been a familiar face and reassuring presence in South Florida for 20 years. His accurate weather predictions aided viewers during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Hurricane Irene in 1999, and throughout the numerous hurricane landfalls in the mid 2000’s. In 2005, John was honored with the second of his three Emmy Awards for his coverage of Hurricane Wilma. In what could be considered his most important scientific recognition, John earned the 2007 American Meteorological Society Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology Award. He is one of very few broadcast meteorologists elected to be a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Born in Schenectady, New York of an Irish-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, John was raised in Puerto Rico and later returned to his roots in upstate New York to attend the meteorology program at prestigious Cornell University. After graduation in 1984, he was hired by the U.S. National Weather Service to work in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, and Washington DC. During his government career, John became a Lead Forecaster before accepting a position as Chief of the South American Desk at the National Center for Environmental Predictions.

From 1991 through 2002, John served as Chief Meteorologist for the Univision Network and its Miami Affiliate station, WLTV. From 2003 through 2008, he served as Chief Meteorologist for the local Telemundo station, WSCV Channel 51, the sister station of NBCMiami. While there, he became the first Hispanic to substitute as meteorologist on NBC’s weekend edition of the Today show, and did so multiple times.

Among his many credentials, John holds the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for Radio and TV weathercasting, and has won the Broadcaster of the Year Award from both organizations. In addition, he is accredited by the American Meteorological Association as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.

In 1997, Morales participated in Vice President Al Gore’s White House conference on global warming and climate change. He is the author of "Hurricanes: Know Your Enemy," an everyday reference book on hurricanes. John has received Emmy Awards at each television station he has worked at, including in 1993 for "48 Hours Before the Storm," and in 2010 for "Hurricane Season 2010".

Most recently, John Morales has been selected to serve on the National Academies’ National Research Council, as part of a committee studying our country’s National Weather Service. John, his wife Carmen and their family reside in Miami. In his free time, he enjoys piloting his Cessna 210.

Brad Panovich | WCNC | Charlotte | NBC

Growing up outside of Cleveland, Ohio I've always been fascinated by severe weather. I love thunderstorms, tornadoes, blizzards and hurricanes. My parents thought I was crazy, but they soon realized I really loved this stuff! By the time I was 6 years old I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist. I wanted to be a scientist, not some "TV weather guy," I wanted to chase storms and do research. Plus, those TV guys were always wrong and really weren't trained meteorologists (so I thought - wrongly, as it turned out some were). But at Copley High School in Copley, Ohio I got to take part in a mentorship program with a TV meteorologist and a National Weather Service meteorologist. I was really blown away by all the computers and technology the TV meteorologist used; and I really enjoyed making graphics. Not to mention the thing I love about weather the most is sharing my passion with others, even if they think I'm kind of strange.

I then picked my college based on the meteorology program. So naturally I attended The Ohio State University (by the way, 2002 National Champs in Football!). During my junior and senior years at OSU I was able to chase tornadoes with my fellow students and professors during Spring quarter. It was the best spring break I could have imagined.

After OSU I landed a job at the NBC station in Dayton, Ohio doing the morning shift. Soon another station came calling -- this time a smaller market FOX affiliate that offered a unique opportunity. They asked me to start an entire weather department from the ground up. I was to be their first Chief Meteorologist in Traverse City, Michigan. Talk about snow!

Not 15 months later I was attending a weather conference and was asked if I'd like to work in New Orleans. I soon was moving to the Big Easy as the weekend meteorologist at WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate on the Gulf Coast. I spent more than three years there, chasing hurricanes and rainstorms that often flooded the city. The entire city sits below sea level. Talk about heavy rain! In 2005 I actually went back to help out my old station before a hurricane hit the Gulf coast. I ended up being in the middle of the worst Hurricane in U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina. I rode the storm out in a cramped conference hall attached to the Super dome and spent 2 nights in the city before being moved up to Baton Rouge where I stayed for 15 days working for WWL. I went back a week later to work again as Hurricane Rita approached the Gulf coast and stayed another 2 weeks.

Now I am happy to be here at WCNC-TV as part of the First Warn Storm Team. I really love Charlotte and the proximity to the mountains and the beach. I'm an avid outdoor adventurer and the Carolinas provide me and wife Tammy and my dog lots of places to explore. When I'm not working I still follow the weather, it's a passion that I've luckily turned into a career. I love biking, golfing, hiking and playing soccer and basketball.

If you see me around, feel free to ask me about the weather. It's my favorite topic of conversation.

Jay Prater | KAKE | Wichita | ABC

Managing Meteorologist Jay Prater was designated as the first Certified Broadcast MeteorologistTM by the American Meteorological Society® in Kansas.

"For a career devoted to educating viewers about severe weather, as exemplified by his life-saving coverage of the May 2007 Greensburg, Kansas, tornado."
-American Meteorological Society’s Award for Broadcast Meteorology, presented January 20, 2010 in Atlanta, GA

Managing Meteorologist Jay Prater joined the KAKEland WeatherPlex in January 2004. Jay was designated as the first Certified Broadcast MeteorologistTM by the American Meteorological Society® in Kansas, and the fourth worldwide. He was awarded CBMTM certificate number 4, even though he was the first to take and pass the CBMTM exam. Before being superseded by the CBMTM, Jay was awarded both Television and Radio Seals of Approval from the American Meteorological Society®. Today, he also maintains both Television and Radio Seals of Approval from the National Weather Association.

He is a former member, and Chairman of the AMS Board of Broadcast Meteorology. Previously, Jay was a NWA Councilor, Chairman of the NWA Broadcast Meteorology Committee, Recertification Chairman for the NWA Seal of Approval, and a long-standing member of the NWA Subcommittee on Standards and Ethics.

Jay came to KAKE from Panama City, Florida, where he was the morning meteorologist for WJHG-TV. He also worked as the Managing Meteorologist for WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee and WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. During his time in Huntsville, he was a weather consultant to the contractor of the Unity Module. Today Unity is in orbit, as a key component of the International Space Station. Jay’s television career began working weekends for WVTM-TV in his native Birmingham, Alabama starting in 1987.

In his spare time, Jay is an Extra Class Amateur "Ham" Radio operator, working with volunteer storm spotters. He also likes to fly, as a private pilot. All of his primary fight training was given in aircraft built in Wichita. You might also game with him, online, via Xbox 360 Live.

Jay, his wife Julie, their daughter, and son live in Wichita and are avid "Kansas Explorers" having visited, so far, over 40 of the 64 counties of KAKEland. Their travels have included the "daunting" climb of Mt. Sunflower, standing on the "3 corners" of Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska, and actually adding twine to the "World’s Largest Ball of Twine" in Cawker City. Along the way, they have taken photographs of most of the county courthouses.

You can watch Jay weekdays at 4, 5, 6 and 10pm, or whenever tornados threaten, on KAKE.

Cindy Preszler | KSDK | St. Louis | NBC

KSDK NewsChannel 5 Chief Meteorologist, Cindy Preszler, joined the team in October of 1998. She is a multiple Emmy and Missouri Broadcaster's Association Award winner. Among Preszler's honors, she holds the American Meteorological Society AMS Seal and the National Weather Association Seal. She is also a former member of the AMS Broadcast Board and a member of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology. Preszler has appeared as fill-in weather on both "NBC Weekend Today Show" and "CBS This Morning". She has also been featured in Sports Illustrated.

Prior to joining KSDK-TV NewsChannel 5, Preszler was the weekday morning meteorologist for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. She has worked as an on-camera meteorologist for "The Weather Channel" and as chief meteorologist for WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to her work as a meteorologist, Preszler has worked as a reporter and anchor in Savannah, Georgia.

Preszler has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Dakota and studied meteorology at Mississippi State University. Preszler devotes any free time to projects with the Humane Society of Missouri. She enjoys boating and snow skiing. Originally from South Dakota, she is married, has two cats and lives in west St. Louis County.

Steve Raleigh | WCPO | Cincinnati | ABC

Emmy Award-winning meteorologist Steve Raleigh is WCPO-TV's Chief Meteorologist. With over 25 years of experience, Steve has led the nation in the broadcast meteorology field with his work. Steve has covered the biggest stories for Channel 9 from Tornado outbreaks to Hurricane Katrina. He also has been a leader in weather safety with his weather radio campaigns and severe storm coverage. Plus, his weather specials have become a staple from year to year. Steve's "comfortable" air mattress is frequently used during severe weather seasons as he often sleeps at the station.

Before WCPO, Steve spent 18 years at KRON-TV in San Francisco as their Chief Meteorologist. He pioneered the country's first instant weather information access, the California Weather Network. He led the television market with a number of ground breaking firsts from coverage to weather graphics. While at KRON, Raleigh was selected to represent the United States at the World Weather Conference in Barcelona, Spain. He also broadcast live from the White House lawn during a Presidential Conference on Global Warming.

Some of his recent career highlights include Snow Storm Coverage, Hurricance Katrina & Rita live reports, covering the tornado outbreak in Oklahoma City. Steve was also the first person to forecast weather from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Before San Francisco, Steve worked at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was Chief Meteorologist for two-and-a-half years. During his tenure there, Steve was the lead forecaster during Hurricane Hugo. His forecasting during that disaster led to national honors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and he was credited with saving lives with his outstanding coverage.

Prior to WCNC, Steve worked at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati as weekend weather anchor and general assignment reporter. Following his coverage of a devastating tornado outbreak, Steve took on the additional task of operating the market’s first and only Northern Kentucky News Bureau. A respected journalist, Steve was tapped to establish and anchor a nightly bureau report while he managed a small staff.

Before moving to Cincinnati, Steve lived in Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked at WREG-TV. His first television job was at WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi. There, he worked with a tornado-chasing crew while maintaining duties as a meteorologist and a reporter. He was named Best Small Market Weatherman by the Associated Press in 1983. Steve's broadcasting experience also includes work in radio as a news reporter, announcer and host of public affairs shows.

Steve is the recipient of a 2000 Northern California Emmy Award for Best News Talent. He has also received the seal of approval from both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society,which selected him to be an educational mentor for Bay Area science teachers. Steve credits his father, a long-time radio personality,for giving him a better understanding of broadcasting.

Steve stays busy donating his time as a master of ceremonies for a number of charities. He's considered one of the best MC/Auctioneers around. He often works alongside his wife, Julie. Steve has four children and enjoys sports, especially basketball.

Jennifer Rukavina | WPSD | Paducah | NBC

Growing up in Canton, Ohio, Jennifer Rukavina was destined to become a meteorologist. "I have loved weather since I was old enough to know that rain fell from clouds," she says. A fear of thunderstorms heightened her interest in the dynamics of weather and eventually led to a Masters of Science degree in Geosciences/Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She also taught Broadcast Performance in Meteorology while a graduate assistant. "My knack for communicating with others transformed me into a Broadcast Meteorologist," she adds.

Jennifer finds that forecasting severe and winter weather events are her most interesting challenges. "Growing up about an hour from Lake Erie and going to school in Mississippi allowed me to experience most weather phenomena…from Lake Effect snow storms to a hurricane. I stood just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Lili made landfall on Louisiana in 2002. It was incredible experiencing the power of that storm," she reports.

Jennifer has been nominated for 3 Emmys for coverage of the April 2006 Tornado Outbreak, including the Dyer County tornado, and Winter Storm ‘09. Most recently, she was awarded the KY Associated Press Best Weather Anchor for 2010. Jennifer is a member of the National Weather Association and co-coordinated the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium in 2003. She comes to WPSD NewsChannel 6 after working as a Weekend Meteorologist at WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi. Her goal is "to provide clear information that will help keep viewers safe during hazardous weather as well as let them know when the weather will be beautiful. I have enjoyed getting to know Paducah and am proud to now call it my home."

Craig Setzer | WFOR | Miami | CBS

Meteorologist Craig Setzer is the longest on-air degreed meteorologist at CBS4 and myTV33 news. His experience in the #1 hurricane market in the country makes him uniquely qualified to cover them and inform you. Few meteorologists in the South Florida market have the education and experience to cover hurricanes and severe weather like Craig does.

Craig Setzer’s interest in weather started at a young age when Craig, at 8 years old, developed a fascination with storms. He took that fascination, added a meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma and began tornado chasing where he put his meteorological education to good use forecasting and analyzing tornadoes and severe weather. You may have seen many of Craig’s adventures on "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," "Day and Date," "Inside Edition," "American Journal" and "The Weather Channel." Craig continues to advance his meteorological knowledge by regularly attending tropical workshops at the National Hurricane Center and tropical conferences sponsored by the American Meteorological Society. Sharing his meteorological expertise is a priority for Craig who often speaks to groups about hurricanes and tornadoes.

Most importantly, when the tropics are active or severe weather threatens, Craig’s experience and knowledge put him in the forefront with extensive morning coverage on both CBS4 and myTV33 news. Keep up to date on his weather insight by checking Craig’s Inside Weather Scoop blog at www.cbs4.com.

Craig was awarded the Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorology Society (AMS) in 1997 and is an active member of the National Weather Association.

Jeff Verszyla | KDKA | Pittsburgh | CBS

Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla joined KDKA-TV in April of 1996 and has been bringing viewers his local forecast ever since. Jeff can be seen delivering his forecasts weeknights on KDKA-TV News at Four, Five, Six and Eleven and on the Ten O’Clock News on Pittsburgh’s CW! Like many weather enthusiasts, Jeff is very passionate about the weather and has a great respect for it. "My job is to inform the people of my hometown about the potential impact of a weather situation, so they can take the necessary steps to protect their property and, more importantly, their lives."

Jeff is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association and the International Association of Broadcast Meteorologists. In February 2008, he was inducted into the National Meteorologist Hall of Fame in Punxsutawney, Pa. He also serves as a trained weather spotter for the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service.

When he’s not watching the sky or tracking the next approaching storm system, Jeff can be found talking about it with area elementary students. Every year the Weather Classroom hits the road to educate kids about some of the basics of weather and forecasting.

Here in Pittsburgh, Jeff began his broadcasting career on the radio at WVTY-FM (Variety 96) and WRRK-FM (Magic 97) where he was an on-air personality and morning show producer. He came to KDKA-TV from KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas, where he forecast the weather for the morning and noon broadcasts. While in Texas, Jeff received great on-the-job severe weather training. He covered numerous hurricanes and also chased countless "Texas-sized" super cells every spring.

Born and raised in Sewickley, Jeff attended Quigley High School in Baden, PA and graduated as an Alden Scholar from Allegheny College in Meadville with a degree in Broadcast Communications and English. He received his degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

Depending on the season, you can find Jeff doing a variety of different things outdoors. In the winter, he enjoys lots of powdery snow , a steep hill and freshly waxed skis. In the summer, you’ll find him ‘trying’ to stretch a double into a triple in his weekend softball league. And, any time of year, Jeff likes to head below sea level for scuba diving with sharks. Jeff, his wife Shelly and their sons Alexander and Carson live in the Wexford area.

Matt Zaffino | KGW | Portland | NBC

Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino can be seen weekdays on KGW NewsChannel 8 @ 5, 6, 6:30, 10, and 11. Matt joined NewsChannel 8 in 1996 after nine years at KATU-TV (ABC). Matt began his television career in Salt Lake City as a Weather Producer for KTVX-TV (ABC). In 1984 he moved to Traverse City, Michigan to forecast weather at WGTU/WGTQ-TV (ABC) and then to Battle Creek, Michigan where he anchored the morning and evening weathercasts. He then moved to Medford, Oregon in 1985 to anchor weather at KDRV-TV (ABC).

Zaffino graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology. He also did a year of graduate work in meteorology at Utah and is close to a masters degree in Geography with an emphasis on natural resource management from Portland State University

Matt received the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval for television weathercasting in 1985 and the Oregon Associated Press named him Best Weathercaster in 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002. In 2000 Matt won an Emmy Award for outstanding individual achievement in weathercasting.

He's the only person that's ever done a live television broadcast from the top of Mt Hood. Matt also reported for KGW from the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia in 2000 and the Winter Olympics in Utah in 2002. In the summer of 2004, Matt traveled to the Greenland Ice Sheet to report on climate change research.

He credits part of his interest in weather to his high school German teacher who drew chalkboard weather maps to discuss their chances of having a snow day. The other part he credits to his love of the outdoors. Zaffino views the sky as one of the last great wildernesses and loves being out in the weather as much as he does forecasting it. Zaffino is passionate about the outdoors and is an avid back-country skier and mountaineer. He is a former member of the Mt. Hood Nordic Ski Patrol. Matt has run 16 marathons and loves golf. He also enjoys cycling and sea-kayaking. His other passion is music, especially listening to live music. Matt currently sings with the Portland Flash Choir.

Matt is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has served as Vice-President of the Oregon Chapter. He also serves as a Vice-President on the Board of Trustees for the Oregon Chapter of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society and helps out with charitable events for several organizations, including Guide Dogs For The Blind, The Columbia Land Trust and Medical Teams International.




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