Attendees

Howard Bernstein | WUSA | Washington, D.C.
Bio

Meteorologist Howard Bernstein joined WUSA 9 in November of 2000. You can now see him reporting the weather weekdays on the WUSA 9 in the mornings from 4:25-7:00 AM and again at Noon. Howard's fascination with the power of weather spurred his interested in meteorology. In 1994, his weather career took him to KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City, where one of his joys was storm chasing. Howard joined a camera operator and a satellite truck, setting out to find tornadoes and other weather events. "Weather," says Bernstein, "affects everybody, there's no avoiding it." His conversational style gives viewers a greater understanding of daily forecasts and important weather events.

Howard earned a degree in 1988 Atmospheric Science from State University of New York at Albany, where he graduated cum laude. In 1990, he earned his AMS Seal from the American Meteorological Society.

One of Howard's most memorable weather reporting moments was covering Hurricane Andrew in 1992, for WVUE, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Howard recalls preparing for the storm's 140 mph winds and wrath by packing up his valuables in the family car and parking it at the local airport garage for safekeeping, believing the apartment he lived in might not be there when he returned. Howard refers to that weather event as "the Super Bowl of storms." Howard also reported the weather for WUHF in Rochester, New York, in 1997, when that area received 43 inches of snow in 2 days.

In April of 2002, Howard was the first Washington TV reporter on the scene of a devastating local tornado and spent much of the next month reporting on the after effects.

Howard loves going to schools and talking to students about weather. "I remember how curious I was about weather as a little kid and I just love encouraging children to follow and explore their own curiosity." Howard is an avid do-it-yourselfer and his one "you won't believe it personal fact" is that he actually has a high school varsity letter in bowling.

Howard, his wife, and son live in Maryland.

Jennifer Broome | KDVR | Denver
Bio

You can catch meteorologist Jennifer Broome on Good Day Colorado weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. She also travels the state for her Explore Colorado segments that air at 5:50 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. on Thursdays.

Jennifer joined FOX31 Denver in 2010 from WOAI in San Antonio, Texas, where she was chief meteorologist for almost 10 years. Jennifer has also worked at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee and WPDE in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

She has a certification in Broadcast Meteorology and a B.S. in Geoscience with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Jennifer also graduated cum laude from the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Jennifer has traveled extensively across the United States and internationally. Her goal is to visit all fifty states and all seven continents.

She also hosts her own travel website Swept Away with Jennifer Broome.

She has an adventurous spirit. Jennifer has done such things as skiing with Olympians, skydiving with the Army Golden Knights and flying in an F-16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds. On that once in a lifetime flight, she pulled 9 G's (G force) twice and even hit 9.3 G's.

Jennifer is a firm believer in giving back and has served on numerous boards for organizations, including Susan G. Komen Foundation, Junior League, and many others. She is active in many fundraisers and serves as emcee for events. She also loves speaking to children about her love of weather, science and travel.

Jennifer is a runner, skier, and cyclist, and she loves the outdoors.

Jim Cantore | The Weather Channel
Bio

Jim Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather. Known for his live reports from severe weather events, Cantore embodies the passion and knowledge of The Weather Channel that makes him the weather authority viewers turn to when forecasts turn dire. He has covered every major weather event during the past 25 years, including Hurricanes Katrina and Irene and Superstorm Sandy, solidifying his and The Weather Company's role as the leading source for severe weather coverage. Cantore is well known for his animated, tenacious style, both in the field and in the studio.

As storm tracker, Cantore reports tirelessly for The Weather Channel before, during and after weather events providing live reports and insights for the network. When not in the field, he covers the latest forecast and weather news on "Weather Center Live" weeknights, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. He is also a frequent contributor to NBC programs such as "Nightly News with Brian Williams" and "TODAY," as well as for NBC affiliates nationwide and multiple MSNBC shows. This year, he covered the weather for Discovery Channel's special that featured Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

Cantore also serves as host to many original productions on The Weather Channel, including the award-winning "Storm Stories," the network's first signature long-form series, as well as “Cantore Stories.” He also goes on location to report weather's connection to upcoming sports and other popular events, including the 2012 London Games, the 2010 Vancouver Games, and the annual NHL Winter Classic.

A native of White River Junction, VT, Cantore graduated with a bachelor's degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College (Lyndonville, VT) where he returns each year to work with students in the meteorology program. The Weather Channel hired Cantore out of college and he first appeared on air in July 1986. He was inducted into the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Hall of Fame in February 2013 and in the summer of 2013 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Jim is a sought after speaker and serves as a celebrity ambassador for the American Red Cross, enabling him to further spread the message of preparedness, an issue of vital importance to him that carries over from his work. He has also appeared in a series of public service announcements for FEMA on the importance of preparing your home and family for severe weather. He has been featured in many publications over the years including the cover of Cigar Afficiando and most recently Outside Magazine.

When he's not covering the weather, Cantore's passion for the outdoors is equally evident in his leisure activities, which he enjoys with his two children. He is an avid skier, golfer and gardener and makes his home in the Atlanta area. Cantore is an active supporter of several charities, including the FRAXA, the National Fragile X Foundation.

Kent Ehrhardt | KMVO | St. Louis, MO
Bio

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.

Greg Fishel | WRAL | Raleigh, NC
Bio

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

Jim Gandy | WLTX | Columbia, SC
Bio

News 19's Jim Gandy brings over 38 years experience as a professional meteorologist to News 19 and has been a major force in South Carolina weather forecasting for 28 years. Gandy assumed the position of News 19 Chief Meteorologist December 31, 1999, making Columbia television history for the new millennium in the process. He has since become known as South Carolina's Weatherman.

In 1974, Jim graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Meteorology. He continued his education from 1992 to 1997 by doing postgraduate work in Atmospheric Science at the University of South Carolina. His first job was with the Center for Storm Research in Houston, Texas. In 1975, he went to work at WREG-TV in Memphis as the first meteorologist ever to appear regularly on television in that city. Jim moved to Oklahoma City in 1977 to join the meteorology staff of KTVY-TV (now KFOR-TV). Five years later, he joined the consulting firm WeatherData, Inc. in Wichita, where he served as Director of Technical Operations, providing weather forecasts for the Kansas State Network.

In June of 1984, Jim joined WIS-TV in Columbia as Chief Meteorologist. During his 14-year tenure, he became well known for his forecast of Hurricane Hugo, his coverage of the 1993 superstorm, and the Lexington County tornado outbreak in 1994. Jim was awarded the American Meteorologist Society's Seal of Approval for weathercasting in 1985 and in 2009 became a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) becoming the first CBM in the Columbia area. The State newspaper named Gandy Best TV Weather Forecaster in 1993, and "Columbia Metropolitan Magazine" named him Best TV Weather Personality for five consecutive years. The South Carolina Broadcasters Association presented the Masters Award to Jim in 2004. The award has only been given to 12 South Carolina broadcasters and he was the first meteorologist to receive the award. Jim is listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in Science and Technology, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.

In 1998, Jim joined Gannett Television, where he worked as a meteorological consultant with the weather staffs of the company's 22-station broadcast group.

Gandy is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the Planetary Society. In an effort to bring the science of meteorology to schools, Jim has taught a course called Weather Science for Teachers through the Center for Science Education at the University of South Carolina.

Recently Jim partnered with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and Climate Central to develop a program called Climate Matters. The program is presented during the weathercasts to explain how and why our climate is changing. Jim received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist for Climate Matters. In addition, Climate Matters has its own webpage on the WLTX website. Jim started a blog to write about weather and climate which has the original title of Weather and Climate Matter. The blog is viewed worldwide and attempts to make weather and climate understandable.

Jim's work to communicate and educate about weather, climate, and science keeps him quite busy... all of which make him South Carolina's Weatherman.

Paul Goodloe | The Weather Channel
Bio

Paul Goodloe has been a meteorologist since 1995 and has been with The Weather Channel since 1999. Goodloe’s interest in television began as an intern for KRON-TV in San Francisco for legendary meteorologist Janice Huff for a whopping $5 a day, and that was supposed to be for parking! With Huff’s mentoring, Goodloe began his on camera career in San Luis Obispo, California at KSBY-TV. From there, he went to KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas, and then to KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Missouri.

Goodloe has been studying the weather and the environment since he was in elementary school. From his family’s bay window in his hometown of New Rochelle, NY, he witnessed countless weather wonders including The Blizzard of '78. "That window and all the weather, from lightning to snow to sideways falling rain is why I’m in the weather business today," says Paul.

After attending the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad, he went on to the University of California at Berkeley for graduate school. While attending Berkeley, he taught classes in meteorology, global environments and environmental science. Goodloe says teaching college students is a lot like herding cats, a few will follow, but the rest are doing their own thing.

Goodloe is a member of The American Meteorological Society, The National Weather Association, The National Association of Black Journalists, The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He enjoys some very weather dependent activities including skiing, snowboarding, golf, tennis, and traveling. You can see Paul weeknights on The Weather Channel during Weather Center Live.

Doug Kammerer | WRC | Washington, D.C.
Bio

Doug Kammerer is News4's Chief Meteorologist, forecasting the weather weekdays on News4 at 4, 5, 6 and 11 and working with NBC4's team of meteorologists to bring viewers the most accurate, complete weather information on air, online and on 103.5 WTOP Radio.

Doug joined News4 in August 2010, but he's no stranger to the Washington, D.C., area. He grew up in Herndon, Va., attending Herndon High School and Herndon Middle School.

An accomplished meteorologist, Doug has earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He also won an EMMY presented by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Doug has studied and forecasted the weather in Orlando, Jacksonville, and Macon, Ga. He spent the last several years in Philadelphia at KYW-TV, The CW Philly, WCAU-TV, and WPHL-TV. He has covered the elements all around the country firsthand, trekking to the top of New Hampshire's Mt. Washington (site of "the worst weather in the world") and reporting from the eye of Hurricane Frances for NBC News.

Doug holds a degree in Meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado. He and his wife Holly are enjoying being back in the Washington area and introducing their son and daughter to everything our region offers.

Rob Marciano | Good Morning America
Bio

Rob Marciano is the senior meteorologist of ABC News' weekend edition of "Good Morning America." He joined the network in September 2014 and reports across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms.

Since joining the network, he has covered tornadoes in Georgia, floods in Arizona, and the Kilauea, Hawaii volcano where hot lava threatened surrounding towns. Before joining ABC News, Marciano was the co-host of Entertainment Tonight, where he interviewed hundreds of celebrities including full hour specials with Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry. Prior to his position at ET, Marciano worked at CNN News Group since 2003 where he had been a news and weather anchor. Additionally, he worked across the CNN Network as a field correspondent. Marciano's reports for CNN from the field during Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico helped garner a Peabody Award. He also hosted primetime specials including "Rescue: Saving the Gulf," where he worked side-by-side with the heroes who saved wildlife, skimmed oil, and cleaned up the beach during the worst oil disaster in U.S. history.

Marciano graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in meteorology and holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval as a certified broadcast meteorologist. He is married and has a young daughter.

John Morales | WTVJ | Miami, FL
Bio

Award-winning meteorologist John Morales joined NBC 6 as Chief Meteorologist in 2009. John is the longest tenured broadcast meteorologist in South Florida, serving as a reassuring presence for nearly 25 years.

His accurate weather predictions helped viewers during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Hurricane Irene in 1999, and throughout the numerous hurricanes in the mid 2000s.

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 station, WLTV. From 2003 through 2008, he served as Chief Meteorologist for the local Telemundo station, WSCV Channel 51. 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 Society 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. John returned to the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama in 2014 for the release of the National Climate Assessment.

He is the author of "Hurricanes: Know Your Enemy," an everyday reference book on hurricanes, and co-author of "Weather Services for the Nation: Becoming Second to None," a National Academies of Science report on the state of America's National Weather Service.

John has received Emmy Awards at each television station where he has worked, including in 1993 for "48 Hours Before the Storm," and in 2010 for "Hurricane Season 2010."

John and his wife Carmen live in Miami. Their son John Michael is following in his dad's footsteps, studying atmospheric sciences at Cornell.

Joe Murgo | WTAJ | Altoona, PA
Bio

When Joe Murgo's family was faced with leaving central Pennsylvania in the mid 1990s, they didn't think they would ever have the opportunity to return. But when he found out about the opening for Chief Meteorologist at WTAJ, it didn't take much thought to return. Joe has lived in many places, learning about many different climates across the nation. He was born in Brooklyn, NY but was raised in Tulsa, OK and Morgantown, WV. "I was always interested in weather," Joe says, "but the blizzard of 1978 is a fond memory, and the severe weather in Oklahoma helped me decide to become a meteorologist."

Joe received a BS Degree in Meteorology from Penn State in 1990. Now, the table has turned and Joe is teaching Introductory Meteorology courses at Penn State Altoona and enjoys sharing his weather knowledge with younger students in his school visits across Central Pennsylvania.

Joe's experience started before graduation with a couple of internships including one at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. After graduation he became a Senior Meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College. During that time, he forecasted and broadcasted for radio stations across the nation, he also made critical forecasts for television stations across the country. Joe always wanted to share his knowledge of weather with people through television. So, in October 1995 he made a decision to leave Pennsylvania to pursue his goal. He first joined the forecasting team at WTOV-TV in Steubenville, OH. Joe most recently worked at WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in The Nation's Capital before returning to WTAJ to head up the weather department.

In 2005, Joe was one of the first meteorologists in the nation and the first in Pennsylvania to be designated as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). This is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of Broadcast Meteorology. In 2008, Joe also earned a Television Seal of Approval for the National Weather Association, completing a sweep of all possible certifications for television meteorologists . He has won numerous other awards inside and outside of the broadcast field. In 2009, Joe was appointed to the American Meteorology Society's Board of Broadcast Meteorology. In 2012 he was elevated to the chairman American Meteorology Society's Board of Broadcast Meteorology. He helps award the CBM seals to others in the field.

Joe is married to Mara and has two daughters, Kristen and Rebecca. Joe loves to be involved with many community events, and during the winter, you can catch him on the ski slopes. He is a certified ski instructor and enjoys teaching others the joy of the sport. In the warmer seasons you can catch him kayaking on the local rivers.

Brad Panovich | WCNC | Charlotte, NC
Bio

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, KS
Bio

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

Managing Meteorologist Jay Prater joined the KAKE First Alert Weather team in January 2004.

Jay was designated as the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist™ by the American Meteorological Society® in Kansas, and the fourth worldwide. He was awarded CBM™ certificate number 4, even though he was the first to take and pass the CBM™ exam.

Before being superseded by the CBM™, 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 a private pilot and proud owner of a, built in Wichita, Cessna Skyhawk. He's an Extra Class Amateur "Ham" Radio operator, working with volunteer storm spotters. Plus, you might also game with him, online, via Xbox 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.

Jennifer Rukavina | WPSD | Paducah, KY
Bio

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."

Todd Santos | WIVB | Buffalo, NY
Bio

Todd Santos joined the News 4 Team August 2013 as Morning Meteorologist for Wake Up, Winging It, and News 4 at Noon

On Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel 2009-2013

Morning Meteorologist for NBC, MSNBC, NBC Weather Plus 2007-2009

Meteorologist for WLTX News 19 Columbia, SC 2003 – 2007

Why Meteorology?
As a lifelong sailor I was exposed to the raw power and beauty of weather at a very young age. My original motivation to pursue a collegiate study of meteorology was for the purpose of offshore forecasting. I trace my initial motivation to enter the TV business back to a visit to ABC 6 in Providence, RI when I was only 10 years old. I later returned to that same station as an intern some 14 years later. Both focus areas of atmospheric analysis hold a natural symbiosis as their high stakes nature present new and exciting challenges every day.

Interests & Hobbies
Sailing and skiing are my top two and I have been involved in both since I was a little kid. While most of my time sailing has been in the waters off the New England Coast, I look forward to spending time on the extraordinary lakes and rivers of Western NY. As for skiing, a question I am often asked is how often do you go? My answer is always the same, "every chance I get." Some of my best ski buddies learned on the hills of the Southern Tier and I will be exploring the higher elevations whenever there is enough snow to make some turns.

Favorite Things About Buffalo
I will always say, the people. My wife obviously tops this list as she was born and raised in WNY, though I have been traveling to the Buffalo area to visit friends every year for well over a decade before moving here to join the News 4 Team. The challenging forecasts, incredible food, dynamic seasons, and endless outdoor activities are also high up on my list.

Awards & Accreditations
American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval

Education
B.S. Meteorology / Atmospheric Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Hometown: Bristol, RI

Craig Setzer | WFOR | Miami, FL
Bio

Chief Meteorologist and Emmy Award winner Craig Setzer's forecasts and hurricane updates can be seen on CBS4 Miami weekdays at 5, 5:30, 6, and 11. He joined CBS4 in January 2000 as Executive Producer and on-air Meteorologist.

Because of his extensive experience and knowledge, he is a sought-after community resource regarding severe weather and tropical cyclones. Craig has served as an instructor at the National Hurricane Center’s International Hurricane Workshops, as a presenter at the Governor’s Hurricane Conference, and as a guest lecturer at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). He is also a member of RSMAS Advisory Board for its Masters of Professional Sciences Program.

Craig's forecasts can also be seen in the Miami Herald.

Before joining CBS4, Craig was Chief Meteorologist for KRDO in Colorado Springs, and an on-air meteorologist for WFLA in Tampa and for KSDK in St. Louis. He has also appeared on CBS This Morning, and The CBS Evening News. Prior to his work forecasting hurricanes, Craig was an avid tornado chaser capturing dozens of twisters, many airing on The Weather Channel, The Learning Channel, and The Discovery Channel.

Craig attended the University of Oklahoma where he studied severe weather and focused on storm chasing. Craig holds a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology, and was awarded the Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorology Society in 1997. Craig also is an active member of the National Weather Association.

In his 14 years in South Florida, Craig has volunteered time and support to several local charities, including HospiceCare of Southeast Florida, Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, and Broward County’s Coalition to End Homelessness. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at public events and schools in both Broward and Miami-Dade.

Steve Weagle | WPTV | West Palm Beach, FL
Bio

Born/Raised:
Nova Scotia

Education:
UNB Science Degree in Math/Physics
Dalhousie University Meteorology

Work Experience:
Steve has been with NewsChannel 5 for almost 20 years, starting in 1998. Before that he worked for CTV and the Weather Service.

Steve holds the CBM Seal from the AMS, the highest seal awarded to television meteorologists. Career highlights include 2004 Hurricane Frances, where he talked South Floridians through the storm for almost 67 hours straight. Then later that month Hurricane Jeanne. A year later it was a direct hit with Hurricane Wilma. Also memorable was the 2003 tornado that tore through South Florida. Every June for almost two decades Steve has biked the 125 miles from Sebastian to Boca Raton for Steve's Ride for the Red Cross. He also supports many other local charities and talks to tens of thousands of viewers each year about hurricane preparedness.

Matt Zaffino | KGW | Portland, OR
Bio

Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino can be seen weekdays on KGW News at 5, KGW News at 6, KGW News at 10 on Portland's CW 32 and KGW News at 11.

Matt joined KGW in 1996 after nine years at KATU-TV (ABC). He 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 master's 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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