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- About Me
A native of the agricultural community of Mount Olive, North Carolina, Jerry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at North Carolina State University. While there, he successfully completed an independent study program in cooperation with the university in 1998, examining the dissemination techniques employed by forecasters in the Raleigh television market. Jerry received the prestigious Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society in the summer of 2000 for maintaining a high standard of expertise in his weather presentations.
Jerry has been honored by the Associated Press six times, including a "Best Weathercast" award in 2010 and 1st place honors for his 2001 documentary "Witch Hazel: The Storm of '54". This unique documentary used archive photos and computer animation to recreate the story of Hurricane Hazel, the strongest tropical system in our state's history. The State Archives of North Carolina formally requested a copy of the program for their permanent collection. In total, Jerry has produced seven documentaries for WWAY, including "A Christmas in White: The Snow of 1989". This program offered a light-hearted look back to the only "white Christmas" on record in the Cape Fear region. Jerry has also been honored by the Radio/Television News Directors Association three times, including a "Best Documentary" award for the 2011 production "Pirates of the Carolinas: Storm at Sea".
Jerry provided continuous weather coverage during several major weather events, from Hurricane Floyd to Irene. He understands the importance of relaying important weather information to the public in a clear, understandable fashion. As a result, Jerry can often be seen in area schools and churches explaining the complexities of southeastern North Carolina's changing weather. He served as honorary chairperson for many community charities, including local March of Dimes events and the American Cancer Society. Jerry worked closely with several youth organizations, serving as an outreach speaker for the Boy Scouts of America and the National FFA Foundation. He also produces "The Atmosphere Academy", allowing Cape Fear-area students to tour the Storm Track 3 Weather Lab and appear in televised lectures on weather events.
Jerry was married to wife Sharon in January 2001 after seven years of dating. Their son was born in May 2010.
- Where I live
- New Hanover
- Nov 28 2008