Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the weather, and by the time I was ten, I was obsessed with it. It was 1969 when I turned my portion of the bedroom I shared with my younger brother into a weather center. I had weather instruments, books, and my detailed weather records close at hand. I read everything I could about the weather, and was able to visit the National Weather Service many times growing up. I developed quite a passion, and soon that turned into a serious focus and study in the pursuit of what would eventually become my career.
Most of those young years were spent in Chicago and then in Michigan, where I graduated high school. I then went on to college where I earned an Associate degree of science in mathematics and another in business administration. I received my BS in meteorology from Northern Illinois University in December 1982.
I decided I wanted to be a forecast meteorologist, and combine that with the media, which would enable me to practice the science of forecasting, plus share my work with the public. I also wanted to get involved in the community, and being a television meteorologist was a great way to make a difference, especially in the schools.
My first job was as the chief meteorologist for the ABC station in Augusta, GA. After only a short time there, I was hired as the chief meteorologist for the CBS station in the Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, MI, television market.
I worked in Michigan for three years before moving on to the warmer climes of the south again, this time moving to Atlanta to be an on-camera meteorologist at the Weather Channel. I was there from 1986-1991, at which time I decided to get back into local television. I missed the community involvement and local forecasting one does for a local television station, so I moved to San Angelo, TX, to become their chief meteorologist.
After almost two years in Texas, I became the chief meteorologist for the NBC station in Idaho Falls, ID. I had only been there a short time when an opportunity came up to try my hand at the National Weather Service. I moved to Montgomery, AL, to be a federal employee, but soon missed television very much.
In December 1994 I moved to Wilmington to be the chief meteorologist for WECT, but after 14 years there, and 26 years in the business, I decided changes were afoot. (Did I mention I was gaining on 50 years old at the time as well?)
I moved to Louisville, KY, to be closer to my brother, but after a year I began yearning for my real home…Wilmington! I missed it so much, and hoped I would be able to find work if I moved back.
Nineteen months after moving, I moved back to Wilmington in February 2011, and was offered the opportunity to become a part of the team at WWAY. I am now doing a new feature called "Live With George," where I cover events around the community, as well as going out into the field to cover severe weather situations.
Along the way in my career I earned the National Weather Association Television Seal of Approval in 1985 and the American Meteorological Society Television Seal of Approval in 1992. I also published a weather forecasting book that is used by many in the field, including college students.
I’m very health conscious, eat well, exercise and enjoy reading, travel, conversation and the arts.
I consider myself fortunate to have what I have, and realize that life is fleeting and fascinating. I treat it with care.