Gene joined the WIAT Storm Trackers in April 2013 to serve as Chief Meteorologist anchoring the 5, 6 & 10 pm newscasts. For this experienced meteorologist, Central Alabama weather has it all – two tornado seasons, occasional bouts of snow and ice and a full four seasons of weather. Since arriving in Birmingham, Gene’s dealt with extreme weather, guiding viewers through the wet summer of 2013, the Bitter Blasts in January and February 2014 and the 4th largest tornado outbreak in state history on April 28th, 2014. Gene honed his forecasting skill and commitment to giving viewers life-saving information in severe weather situations as the Chief Meteorologist at CBS affiliates in Houston and Atlanta.
His 20-year broadcast career began after working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center developing weather monitoring software for the space shuttle. In just his first year in Birmingham, Gene was honored by the Alabama Broadcast Association with the Best Weather Anchor award for 2014. Over his career, he’s earned six Emmy awards and Best Weathercast Awards from both the Texas and Georgia Associated Press.
He’s active in professional weather organizations as a member of the National Weather Association, and holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Gene previously served as president of the AMS’ Broadcast Board.
Originally from New York, Gene attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland where he earned a Master’s Degree in meteorology. Gene serves on the advisory council of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama and has been active in a variety of community and charitable organizations such as the March of Dimes, United Way and the American Red Cross.
When not studying weather maps and tracking the next storm, you can find him spending time with his family, watching movies and listening to jazz and gospel music.