I’m excited to be part of WHIO and the Storm Center 7 weather team! I came to the Miami Valley from Texas, where I spent four years working as a meteorologist. I’m originally from outside of Detroit and am a big Red Wings, Lions and Tigers fan. I attended Central Michigan University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Meteorology in 2010. Following graduation, I moved to Tyler, Texas where I spent three years at KLTV. While in Texas, I saw a lot of cowboy hats, learned the two-step (yeehaw!) and met the love of my life. In the fall of 2013, I was awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society. My wife and I have a son named Matthew and I am proud and very excited to be a father!!
The most satisfying thing about work is helping people; whether it’s as simple as planning a family barbeque, or a severe weather event, helping people understand the weather is the most important aspect of my job.
Anytime a storm hits, viewers turn to us for the information they need. It feels good to know that I can help people stay safe. The best thing about being a meteorologist is doing what I love every day, getting to meet great people in the community, and most of all, helping viewers during potentially dangerous weather events.
Aside from my passion for weather, I enjoy playing hockey, golf, watching TV and movies and enjoying the outdoors. If you have any suggestions on things that my wife and I should see and do in Dayton, please let me know so that we can discover all that the area has to offer!
- Where were you born?
- Where did you grow up?
- What was your favorite TV show then?
- Home Improvement. (Insert Tim the Tool man Taylor grunt here)
- What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
- How might someone have described you in high school?
- What was your first job?
- Bag boy at a local grocery store
- What was your first job in television?
- What do you like about your job?
- I like that I’m able to inform viewers about what to expect and help them plan their day and their activites.
- What do you not like about your job?
- Unfortunately there are times that warnings are ignored, and in some cases lives are lost. That is something that hangs over my head anytime it happens.
- What might people be surprised to know about you?
- I played hockey most of my life, and have had quite a few injuries…including a TON of stitches. Frankly I don’t know the exact number, but it’s a lot.
- What is the hardest thing you ever did?
- Get through college in 4 years. Meteorology is no joke and a lot of people who go down that path tend to switch majors or take more than 4 years.
- What would be a perfect day for you?
- Get a great nights rest. Waffles for breakfast. Golf in the late morning through afternoon. A steak dinner with baked potato (just butter). A hockey game in the evening. Probably an afternoon nap somewhere in there.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
- Take joy in what you do, because if you don’t love what you do…than it’s not worth doing.
- If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career, what would be on it?
- Cross talk with the anchors and lots of laughter.
- Favorite Book:
- …yea not much of a reader.
- Favorite CBS Show:
- Football. Does that count?
- Favorite Dream Car:
- Favorite Food:
- Favorite Hobby:
- Hockey, Golf, TV and movies.
- Favorite Miami Valley Place:
- I need some suggestions!!!
- Favorite Movie:
- Favorite Music:
- Pretty much any Classic Rock, Eagles, Seger, The Boss, Kid Rock
- Favorite Travel Destination:
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