Birthplace: Hinckley, Ohio
Education: Ohio University, Mississippi State University, Medina High School
Current Position/Job Duties: Weekday noon and weekend evening meteorologist, and host of Academic Challenge
Previous Work Experience: KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, WCHS-TV in Charleston, West Virginia and WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia.
Joined NewsChannel5: June 2006
Most Memorable Stories: Covering the heart-breaking EF4 tornado in Millbury, Ohio during the spring of 2010. The tornado killed seven people and destroyed a high school. We were there for three days telling the sad stories from the town. We could have stayed there for three months.
Seeing a storm on radar, and then seeing the results on the ground, is an eye-opening and an emotional experience. That's why we take our severe weather coverage so seriously.
Awards/Honors: Three-time Emmy award-winning host of Academic Challenge, New Mexico AP Award for Weather Excellence.
Weather Expertise: In 2008, I became the first meteorologist in Cleveland to earn the coveted Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The CBM is the highest level of certification from the AMS and is granted to broadcast meteorologists who meet established criteria for scientific competence and effective communication skills in their weather presentations. I also hold the National Weather Association (NWA) Broadcast Seal of Approval.
School Visits: I enjoy talking to elementary and junior high school students about all things weather. To schedule a weather visit, please email me at email@example.com.
Favorite Sports Team(s): Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers. I'm still waiting for that championship. It will happen.
Favorite Movies: Caddyshack, Airplane, Naked Gun, Vacation, Twister, The Weatherman, Oceans 11, Oceans 13.
Favorite Programs: Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Seinfeld, Family Guy, Morning Joe, Academic Challenge, $25,000 Pyramid, Press Your Luck.
Favorite Foods: I'm Greek, so anything Greek. I also enjoy Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Mexican, in no particular order.
My passion: Providing you with the best, most accurate and informative weather forecast every day, both on-air and online.
Hobbies & Interests: Golf, softball, basketball, boating and wine.
Something most people don't know about me: My first appearance on NewsChannel5 happened back in 1991, and it had nothing to do with the weather. I won a Joe Tait (former Cavaliers radio voice) sound-alike contest and the highlights were shown during sports.
What I like best about Northeast Ohio: The different types of weather we can receive-Our area has so many different micro-climates, and each region can experience a wide variety of weather conditions, particularly in the winter. Also, after living in other parts of the country, we're blessed to have some of the best small towns and friendliest people, anywhere.
You're most likely to see me around town at: Dining downtown on East 4th Street and in the Warehouse District, enjoying Cleveland's Tremont, Detroit-Shoreway and Ohio City neighborhoods, an Indians, Browns or Cavaliers game, or at one of our beautiful area golf courses.