When Joe's family was faced with leaving central Pennsylvania in the mid 1990s, they didn't think they would ever have the opportunity to return. But when he found out about the opening for Chief Meteorologist at WTAJ, it didn't take much thought to return. Joe has lived in many places, learning about many different climates across the nation. He was born in Brooklyn, NY but was raised in Tulsa, OK and Morgantown, WV. "I was always interested in weather," Joe says, "but the blizzard of 1978 is a fond memory, and the severe weather in Oklahoma helped me decide to become a meteorologist."
Joe received a BS Degree in Meteorology from Penn State in 1990. Now, the table has turned and Joe is teaching Introductory Meteorology courses at Penn State Altoona and enjoys sharing his weather knowledge with younger students in his school visits across Central Pennsylvania.
Joe's experience started before graduation with a couple of internships including one at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. After graduation he became a Senior Meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College. During that time, he forecasted and broadcasted for radio stations across the nation, he also made critical forecasts for television stations across the country. Joe always wanted to share his knowledge of weather with people through television. So, in October 1995 he made a decision to leave Pennsylvania to pursue his goal.
He first joined the forecasting team at WTOV-TV in Steubenville, OH. Joe most recently worked at WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in The Nation's Capital before returning to WTAJ to head up the weather department.
In 2005, Joe was one of the first meteorologists in the nation and the first in Pennsylvania to be designated as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). This is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of Broadcast Meteorology. In 2008, Joe also earned a Television Seal of Approval for the National Weather Association, completing a sweep of all possible certifications for television meteorologists . He has won numerous other awards inside and outside of the broadcast field. In 2009, Joe was appointed to the American Meteorology Society's Board of Broadcast Meteorology. In 2012 he was elevated to the chairman American Meteorology Society's Board of Broadcast Meteorology. He helps award the CBM seals to others in the field.
Joe is married to Mara and has two daughters, Kristen and Rebecca. Joe loves to be involved with many community events, and during the winter, you can catch him on the ski slopes. He is a certified ski instructor and enjoys teaching others the joy of the sport. In the warmer seasons you can catch him kayaking on the local rivers.
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Get to Know JoeWhat are your favorite TV shows?
NCIS Los Angeles, Modern Family, Revolution
What are your favorite movies?
Anything funny or a good Sci-Fi. Yes. I was a Star Wars geek.
What websites do you visit the most?
Penn State Ewall and my personal weather links page.
What is your favorite restaurant?
If you could interview anyone in history, who would it be?
Ben Franklin. An extremely intelligent man who was one of the first to understand modern meteorology. I would love to share how close he was on some things.
What is one thing on your bucket list?
Travel to all 50 states. Have 12 more to go.
What is one thing about you most people would be surprised by?
I got my first gray hairs in the seventh grade.
What are your favorite sports teams?
Penn State Football & Basketball, NY Jets, NY Mets
What is your favorite hobby?
Skiing in the winter. Kayaking the rest of the time.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Still living in Central PA and sharing my weather knowledge on WTAJ.
What was your most memorable interview/weather event/sporting event?
The PSU comeback against Illinois in 1994. It put my wife in labor three and a half weeks early.
What was your first job?
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