When and why did you join WMAR?
I worked as a "freelance" meteorologist for WMAR-TV as early as 2008. However, I did not come aboard full time until 2009. Initially, I covered weekends and vacations shifts, however, in 2010, I was very fortunate to be promoted to Chief Meteorologist here at ABC 2.
Where else have you worked and what was your oddest job?
Wow, there are almost too many to mention. Growing up in Ocean City, I had more than my share of "beach jobs." Everything from blowing up rafts at a rental shop to being a "steamer" at a few of the local restaurants. After high school, I served in the U.S. Coast Guard on active duty for 4 years. In the military, I went from being junior enlisted to eventually serving as a ship navigator.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?
I take a lot of pride in my work, no matter what job I'm doing. When it comes to my work as a broadcast meteorologist, I would have to say I take the most pride in having the highest level of forecast accuracy but also delivering it with as much energy and verve as possible!
Interesting fact(s) about your personal life?
Ever since I served in the Coast Guard I have believed in making physical fitness a top priority in life. I love getting as many workouts as possible per week, including training with free weights, stand up paddle boarding, and even just running sprints up the big hill in Patterson Park! I'm also a confessed "supplement geek" (protein powder reviews are good reading)!
All-time favorite movie and song? Why?
A very tough call, but I'd have to say "First Blood" (the first Rambo movie) - I was absolutely enthralled the first time I saw it as a kid and to this day I can watch it on any given weekend! Music wise, I can't pinpoint a favorite song but I can tell you some of my favorite bands that have the heaviest presence on my iPod include Linkin Park, POD, Eminem, Foo Fighters, and "old school" Metallica.
Apps you can't live without?
Of course, Storm Shield is very useful in my line of work, but I actually really like the weather tab on our ABC 2 News app for a "quick glance" at the latest conditions and forecast. In addition to those, I am big fan of iWindSurf, SwellInfo, SkiReport and Ocearch Shark Tracker!
What were you like as a kid?
I was very into the beach, water, and outdoors as a kidl. Growing up on the Eastern Shore you almost had to be though. I was adventurous too, almost to a fault (I wrecked my ATV more times than I can remember). I did enjoy public speaking in school but never imagined I'd end up working on television!
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