Chris Gloninger joined NBC Boston and necn in June 2016 and is happy to be back in the Northeast.
When Hurricane Bob hit Chris’ hometown, Sag Harbor, New York, he immediately developed an interest in the weather. He received his bachelor’s degree in Meteorology at Plymouth State University. During college, Chris completed two internships: one at the National Weather Service in Upton, New York and the other at WABC in New York. The university’s chapter of the American Meteorological Society climbed Mount Washington annually, and Chris has made several return trips since graduation. The wintertime flooding of the Pemi River was educational as well – trying to get your car to a parking space where it wouldn’t be damaged by ice jams!
Chris received his Certified Broadcast Meteorologist accreditation from the American Meteorological Society. Recently Chris presented a paper, “How to Improve Communication During Times of Severe Weather,” at the AMS annual meeting in New Orleans. Chris is interested in improving communication between first responders, the National Weather Service and television meteorologists in order to better protect the public. Researching his paper, Chris worked extensively with the Wisconsin fire departments.
Previously, Chris worked at WISN in Milwaukee, where he won an Emmy for his winter storm coverage and several Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards – one, which also received an Emmy nomination, covered the icebreaker Mackinaw on an 18-hour operation in the Straits of Mackinaw to free a freighter carrying road salt to replenish Milwaukee’s critically depleted supply. He was also sent to cover two EF4 tornados, which hit Washington, Illinois and Rochelle, Illinois.
While at WISN, Chris met his wife, Cathy, and was married in Milwaukee just before coming to necn. They live in Norwood.
Chris began his career at WHEC in Rochester, New York, where he salso taught Intro to Meteorology at Monroe Community College. Next stop was WTEN in Albany, New York. At WNEM in Saginaw, MI, Chris received an Emmy nomination for his coverage of the 2010 Michigan floods. He was nominated for another EMMY at WRGB in Albany, New York for the weather special, “Irene – One Year Later,” which covered the progress made after the historic flooding in the Schoharie Valley.
At that time, Chris used his days off to help the people of Schoharie clean up. During his time at WRGB, Chris covered the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Queens and Staten Island, and broadcast live as the Rockaways were burning.
Chris enjoys the outdoors, and is happy to show his wife Cathy all the wonders of New England!