It's great to be working back here in Maryland! I grew up just outside of Ocean City, but my grandfather always lived by the Inner Harbor so I've spent quite a bit of time in Baltimore through the years.
My career in broadcasting has taken me many places across the country, and one interesting stop in early my weather career was in "Tornado Alley" at KCEN-TV in central Texas. I certainly saw some big-time severe weather during my tenure there, but the most dangerous storms I've ever covered were actually in Mississippi during grad school, when I worked for WTVA-TV and WCBI-TV.
After several years in the heat of south it was time for a major change in temperatures, so it was off to WJBK-TV - in Detroit! As you can imagine, in Michigan the focus shifts dramatically to forecasting the kind of fierce winter weather the Great Lakes are so famous for. It was in Detroit that I was honored to receive several broadcast awards, including an Emmy.
Despite those years up on the Canadian border, with out a doubt the biggest snowstorms I've ever forecasted were right here in Maryland, during the infamous "Snowpocalypse" blizzards of 2009-2010! That triple-header of record smashing storms was simply stunning, and certainly helped prepare me for my current role of Chief Meteorologist here at ABC 2.
One thing that remains the same no matter where I've worked is that I always like hearing from you the viewer. These days television is a truly "two way" street and I want to hear what you have to say, show off your photos and videos, and especially, see your storm reports! One place you can easily communicate with me (even while I am on-air) is at my Facebook "Like" Page at this link . You can also message me on Twitter anytime here @ABC2Weather or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Another reason I hope you'll reach out to me is because I love speaking to various groups and schools all over the Maryland. In fact, I am also a professional member of the National Speakers Association, so please don't hesitate to contact me if I can come do a presentation for your group!
Before entering the world of television, I served as a navigator in the United States Coast Guard – earning the Humanitarian Service Medal and Special Operations Ribbon for missions off the coasts of Haiti and Cuba. (At one point I even spent some time on duty at the Curtis Bay shipyards here in Baltimore).
After the military I attended Salisbury University on the G.I. Bill, earning my Bachelor's Degree in Geography / Atmospheric Science. I went on to earn my Master of Science degree in Geosciences at Mississippi State University, and was awarded the American Meteorological Society's "Seal of Approval" less than a year after graduating.
When I'm not tracking the next storm bearing down on the Chesapeake, I enjoy working out with my CrossFit friends, swimming in Swim Across America , and stand up paddleboarding ( SUP ) in the Bay and especially in OC!