Search Cornell

>> Broadcasting

One focus/career route within the atmospheric science major is broadcast meteorology. Students can coordinate with Ithaca College or explore other broadcast-related internships to gain experience.

Atmospheric Science majors at Cornell are able to participate in many activities which can help them learn more about and gain experience in broadcast meteorology. Through our alumni network in upstate New York and collaborations with Ithaca College, there are a plethora of ways to get time in front of and forecasting for a green screen.

Broadcast Opportunities at Cornell

Ithaca College TV

ICTV Channel 16, the collegiate television station of Cornell's neighbor, Ithaca College, hosts Tompkins County's only local evening news program. Broadcasting three times a week, Newswatch 16 prominently features dedicated Cornell meteorologists who present their own original, regional forecasts. In addition to gaining valuable experience crafting forecasts and presenting them live in front of a green screen, meteorologists for Newswatch 16 have a head start at putting together a professional-quality demo reel with the help of their peers from Ithaca College.

A brief history of how this connection came to be: Kevin Williams, ’81, Director of Meteorology, WHEC-TV and President, Weather-Track, Inc., Rochester, NY created the Cornell TV partnership with Ithaca College during his junior year (1979-1980). His idea was to offer Cornell student meteorologists the chance to provide weathercasts on what was then called WICB-TV, in return for training future news reporters at I.C. on basic meteorology. The agreement went into effect during the 1980-81 school year and Kevin was the first Cornell student meteorologist to appear on their air. Many meteorology majors followed him and this opportunity provided them with “audition tape” which was so crucial in landing that first television job. At that time, no chroma-key was used – just magnetic symbols on a metallic national map, and a black and white satellite photo from an old fax machine on which they would draw fronts and have a camera zoom in. (Courtesy of Kevin Williams, '81)

Because Ithaca College does not have a meteorology program, Cornell students are the top choice for Newswatch 16's on-air weather personalities. Traditionally, juniors and seniors in the major receive priority for on-air positions, but underclassmen often get involved as well and have the opportunity to hone their craft before they matriculate into the on-air positions.

For more information on Newswatch 16 and to see recent broadcasts, please visit the ICTV website.

Broadcast Internships

Many students enjoy working with broadcast meteorologists as part of a summer internship. The meteorology program has a network of alumni who work as broadcast meteorologists throughout the country, such as Lee Goldberg (1994) at ABC7 in New York City, John Morales (1984) at NBC Miami, Maureen McCann (2002) at News 13 in Orlando, and Kevin WIlliams (1981) at WHEC-TV in Rochester. Either through these networks or on their own, students can find internships which yield training in both forecasting and in front of the green screen and a valuable education on how the news industry works and what it takes earn competitive broadcast meteorology positions.