I obtained most of my meteorology education through Mississippi State University's Broadcast Meteorology Program. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State. I also attended college at Penn State University where I took some meteorology courses, geography courses, and journalism courses. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism with a Minor in Geography from PSU. While at Penn State I had the honor of marching/playing in the famous Blue Band for five seasons. This was another childhood dream of mine. I interned in the weather department at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, PA and I worked/interned for a summer as the chief forecaster for WEIU-TV in Charleston, IL. The combination of my studies from PSU and MSU plus my internships was the perfect plan to help prepare me for working as a broadcast meteorologist.
My real debut in commercial TV came in October 2006 when I joined the team at WVIR-TV NBC29. I worked with an outstanding group of people who worked very hard to produce a product much more like that of a bigger TV market. While at Channel 29, I spent quite a bit of time working with the various computer graphics systems. Some of my biggest accomplishments as the weather team's computer guru involved setting up a twenty-four hour weather channel, WeatherPlus, implementing Dual-Pol Doppler Radar data into the radar computer system, and teaching co-workers how to use various features with the graphics system. I am proud to say that two years in a row I was voted 3rd favorite weather person in the Charlottesville market courtesy of the Daily Progress Readers' Choice Awards (a contest run by a local newspaper). For a period of time between 2014 and 2015 I worked as the first Chief Meteorologist at a start-up station, NH1 News Network in Concord, NH, part of WBIN-TV. While at NH1 I was in charge of building a weather department from the ground up which I had to do during one of New England's worst winters. We started with AccuWeather's Storyteller weather app but would eventually switch to WSI. I was heavily involved in the install/setup of both systems. I returned to WVIR-TV NBC29 in the Spring of 2015 and found new graphics projects to work on. I also applied new concepts to the forecast to give the viewer something different and even more informative. When active weather situations would unfold, I would step up and be a leader as much as possible. I am now excited to bring my talents to the station that I grew up watching, WFMZ-TV 69News. Stay tuned for updates on how my career continues to evolve!
Outside of work, I am happy to say I found my wife in Charlottesville and we welcomed the birth of our first child here (a son...Jeffrey). I am also a very passionate skier. I try to ski at least two days a week during the winter season, occasionally doing some back-country. For all you New England ski fans out there, I am proud to say I have hiked and skied Tuckerman Ravine on several occasions. Besides skiing, I like to whitewater kayak, golf, hike, bike, camp, and basically spend as much time outdoors as I can. I also continue to play my trombone. I am happy that both New England and Charlottesville provided me with the lifestyle I love to live outside of work. I am now thrilled to be able to move back to my hometown area of the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and continue my life adventures in the place where it all began!