I am one of the weekday evening meteorologists for WJLA in Washington, D.C. We operate 2 stations, ABC7 (ABC affiliate) and WJLA 24/7 News (24 hour cable station). Along with my in-house forecasting and broadcasting, I report live from StormTrak7 during severe weather and at community events.
I grew up in Maryland then went to the University of Miami in Florida. Tracking the weather was always more of a hobby until my sophomore year. After taking an introductory course, I decided I could take something I love and actually make a career out of it.
The U was an incredible fit for me. Being able to study outside for finals in December is my kind of college experience! I got involved in triathlons, my fraternity and even spent two years as the school's mascot, Sebastian the Ibis.
During my four years in South Florida, I lived through and tracked several tropical systems in classes and internships. Hurricane Katrina moved across Florida as a Category 1 before entering the Gulf. Minor, compared to what it would turn into, the storm still left campus a mess. That night, and through the rest of the 2005 Hurricane Season, I gained incredible respect for the power of hurricanes.
My first TV job was in Harrisonburg, VA. I met my wife there and learned a lot about forecasting and working in television. I had the opportunity to do a local Dancing with the Stars competition. It led to me moonwalking (trying to moonwalk) on TV and in front of a rather large live audience :)
From Harrisonburg, we were off to WKRC in Cincinnati. We lived in "Over the Rhine," and enjoyed being in Cincinnati during a major revitalization of downtown. I had a blast working at Local 12, soaking up everything I could from some of the very best and most experienced in local news.
After a few years, my wife and I wanted to get closer to home. I jumped on the opportunity to take a job in D.C. I was able to stay within Sinclair Broadcast Group and move from WKRC to WJLA. We are thrilled to be in Northern Virginia, almost equidistant from family north of Baltimore and in the Shenandoah Valley.
It's fun to forecast the weather I grew up with and work in the Nation's Capital. I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that I love everyday -sharing the science and the stories of weather.
2010 - present
2010 - present