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Dontae Jones - Meteorologist

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Dontae Jones

I am very excited to be back in my home state and it is an honor to be a part of the award-winning Storm Center 7 team. Growing up in Akron, I had a chance to experience anything from copious amounts of lake effect snow to searing summers with severe thunderstorms. In fact, it is those thunderstorms that sparked my interest in weather. I’ve always been a news junkie, even at an early age and wanted to be a news anchor then decided that I would blend my weather and anchoring desires and become a broadcast meteorologist. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences. Soon after graduating, I became a Weekend Meteorologist for The Ohio News Network, based in Columbus. After spending some time with ONN, I accepted a position as the Weekday Morning and Noon Meteorologist for WNCT-TV9 in Greenville, North Carolina (near the Outer Banks). While there, I had the chance to track hurricanes and other tropical systems. After spending the last 5 and a half years in eastern North Carolina, enjoying the warm climate and the beaches, I felt the call to come back home to the Buckeye State and the Birthplace of Aviation. While most of my time has been spent in northeast Ohio and central Ohio, I am thrilled about getting to know the people and places of the Miami Valley.

Q&A

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  • Where did you grow up? 
    • Akron, Ohio
  • What was your favorite tv show back then? 
    • Saturday morning cartoons
  • What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
    • An Astronaut
  • How might someone have described you in high school?
    • Friendly, outgoing and a social butterfly. The life of the party. I was the PA announcer and the mascot (Garfield Rams).
  • Were you involved in any high school sports? 
    • No. I like watching sports but I’m not any good at them.
  • What was your first journalism job?
    • I was the Weekend Morning Meteorologist for The Ohio News Network. I interned at the station while in college and was lucky enough to get a part-time job there as a result.
  • What do you like about your job?
    • I am a people person and I get to interact with a lot of people in the community whether it be at community events or through social media. I love learning about different types of weather and this job allows me to do that.
  • What do you not like about your job?
    • The hours on the job during severe weather can be demanding but the positives outweigh the negatives when you realize what you’re here for, which is to warn people of eminent danger.
  • If not working, what could someone find you doing on a weekend on your time off?
    • I like to travel (one tank trips if you will) to places where I can hop in the car for a day and visit.
  • What might people be surprised to know about you?
    • I love city skylines and learning a about urbanization and culture (what makes cities operate, how does population affect growth, infrastructure etc…)
  • What would be a perfect day for you? 
    • Spending the day on the beach. I love the beach and the ocean
Favorite Things
  • Book: 
    • Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nate McCall
  • CBS show: 
    • Madam Secretary
  • Food: 
    • Lasagna
  • Hobby: 
    • Working out
  • Movies: 
    • Avatar or The Avengers
  • Music: 
    • Gospel / 90s R&B / 90s Pop
  • Travel destination: 
    • NYC. Did I mention that I love cities…