WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Scott Dean has joined WWAY NewsChannel 3 as the station's new chief meteorologist.
Scott, a UNC Wilmington alum, returns to Wilmington after spending the last seven years at WTVD, the ABC station in Raleigh-Durham. Before that Scott worked for eight years at WHIO in Dayton, OH. He succeeds Jerry Jackson, who has taken a job as chief meteorologist at WNCT in Greenville.
"I am looking forward to being part of WWAY and its rich history of outstanding public service in southeastern North Carolina," Scott said. "Viewers have counted on WWAY for 50 years to provide them with the local news and weather they need to help plan their day and keep their families safe. It is my promise that I will follow in Jerry's footsteps by providing viewers with the best weather coverage possible."
A North Carolina native, Scott was born in Burlington and spent his early childhood in Raleigh before moving to Williamsburg, VA, where he finished high school. He soon returned to the Tar Heel State to attend UNCW, where he earned a business degree. But weather was always Scott's passion, so he went back to school at NC State, where he and Jerry were actually classmates and fellow interns at WRAL in Raleigh.
"Being a long-time native of North Carolina, as well as a resident of Wilmington while attending college at UNCW, I am very familiar with the variety and history of the weather in this area," Scott said. "Back in 1984, I closely followed hurricane Diana as it churned off the coast before finally coming ashore and causing widespread damage. I also vividly remember the historic 1989 snow storm that dumped over a foot of snow here, followed by the airport's all time record low the next morning of 0 degrees. I think this experience and knowledge of the area will be very useful in helping me and our team provide viewers with accurate and highly local weather information they can use everyday."
During his time at WTVD, Scott was a frequent visitor to the coast for the station's coverage of hurricanes and tropical storms, including Earl, Irene and Sandy.
"It was important to us to find an experienced meteorologist who understands the kind of weather we get here in the Cape Fear," WWAY news director Kevin Wuzzardo said. "When we got Scott's application, we knew instantly he was who we were looking for. We are very excited that even while losing a veteran member of our team in Jerry, we immediately gain in Scott the most experienced meteorologist in the Wilmington market."
Scott says he and his wife are looking forward to calling Wilmington home.
You can catch Scott weeknights on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 and on The Cape Fear CW Primetime News at 10.