Indianapolis, IN – March 26, 2013 – Forecast 8 meteorologist Robb Ellis makes his WISH-TV debut on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 during “24-Hour News 8 at 5PM”.
“Robb brings a wealth of meteorological experience, especially in severe weather coverage. He’s most recently served as chief meteorologist in a very volatile weather market. He has passion for the science and understanding of the changing dynamics of weather that is Central Indiana,” said Steve Bray, WISH-TV news director and chief meteorologist. “As a meteorologist myself, I know his qualifications are quite impressive. Robb has experience both as a researcher and scientist in climatology and as an on-air meteorologist. This background not only ensures Hoosiers an accurate forecast, but a dedication to their safety in times of severe weather.”
Robb joins WISH-TV’s 24-Hour News 8 as meteorologist for its 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. weekday newscasts.
“The reputation of Hoosier hospitality and being a great place to live precede Central Indiana as does the reputation for its ever-changing weather. I can’t wait to tackle the daily challenge of forecasting in such a diverse climate,” said Ellis. “I look forward to bringing my love of forecasting and my experience in severe weather coverage to WISH-TV. I’m also excited to explore my new home and establish great roots here.”
Robb moves to the Hoosier state from the North Carolina coast where he led the weather team at WECT (NBC) and WSFX (Fox), in Wilmington. There, his extensive experience in severe weather coverage spanned tropical systems and hurricanes, including Irene and Sandy; to frequent thunderstorms and tornados, including the April 28, 2011 tornado outbreak, the largest in U.S. history. His tornado and winter weather experience was further honed during his years forecasting at WFMY (CBS) in Greensboro, North Carolina.
For his outstanding weather coverage, Robb is the current “Weathercaster of the Year,” named in 2012 by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas, a title he’s previously held.
Prior to television, Robb spent seven years as a scientist and researcher working with climate data at the State Climate Offices of North and South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from North Carolina State University.
Robb grew up in the sweltering heat and humidity of Columbia, South Carolina. As a young boy, the hurricanes that stormed through his state lit the spark which inspired him to become a meteorologist.
Whenever possible, Robb is outdoors biking, hiking or camping. He also enjoys live music, especially local talent.
“I’m excited about the future and to see all it has to offer,” says Ellis.
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