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9 First Warning Chief Meteorologist Steve Raleigh

Posted at 4:22 PM, Apr 07, 2010
and last updated 2018-03-13 10:34:07-04

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When did you start working here? July 2005

Where else have you worked?

KRON-TV in San Francisco, California, Chief Meteorologist
WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chief Meteorologist
WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, weekend weather anchor, reporter
WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, weather anchor, reporter
WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi, weather anchor, reporter

Where did you go to college?  

Certified by American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association
University of North Carolina Charlotte-Meteorology/Earth Science Masters Program
Boston University-Broadcast Journalism, B. S.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?  I'm now entering my 35th year in meteorology covering everything from tornado outbreaks to Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps, I'm most proud of our coverage of the March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak which observers say led the Tri-State in accuracy and viewers. Our coverage was credited with saving lives something that means so much to us here.

I know, we've also been a leader in weather safety with our 9 On Your Side severe weather specials which have become a staple from year to year. I still bring in my "comfortable" air mattress frequently using it during severe weather seasons. One other note, I'm also proud of the Emmy Award for Best News Talent. It was an incredible year where I covered the strongest tornado ever with winds of 308 mph in Oklahoma.

What are you most proud of in your own life? I like to say that "I fooled one good woman into marrying me...so I'm not going to foul it up." I married the former Julie Leis on September 5, 1987 at Immaculata Church in Mt Adams. Then, when it comes to our children, I couldn't be more proud of them! God blessed me with a wonderful family.

What do you love about living in the Tri-State? I live on the West Side of Cincinnati and the best part of the Tri-State is the family atmosphere. It's been the best place to raise our 4 children. I stay busy donating my time as a master of ceremonies for a number of charities. People say that they like when I emcee or as act as an auctioneer. In fact, I often work alongside my wife, Julie, who is a master "fun-raiser".

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions? I love the Red, Bengals, and sports. We still fold out chairs for our kid's events so that's mostly where we hang out. When it comes to golf, I consider myself more of a landscaper, but I like to donate my time to a number of charity golf tournaments every year.

All time favorites? I really love movies. Some of the best: The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, Caddyshack and Swingers. I'm a huge music fan. I think, it's because I started as a disc jockey in college. My taste runs from Earth, Wind & Fire, Eagles, and Huey Lewis to 50 Cent, Tim McGraw and Dave Brubeck.

What is your day like?  You might call me a "second-shifter" because on most days I'm in by 2:30 p.m. and leave around midnight. However, as we all know, Mother Nature can call at anytime so it really depends on her. Ha!

Apps you can't live without? Storm Shield, RadarScope, USA Today, HBO GO

Tell us more! Before 9 On Your Side, I spent nearly 20 years at KRON-TV in San Francisco as their Chief Meteorologist. I pioneered the country's first instant weather information access, the California Weather Network.

While I was there, I represented the United States at the World Weather Conference in Barcelona, Spain. I also broadcast live from the White House lawn during a Presidential Conference on Climate Change. I've become somewhat of a hurricane hound. I've broadcast live from the scene of a dozen tropical systems.

It was fun to broadcast live from a cruise ship steaming into the San Francisco Bay and broadcasting live from inside a plane with the nation's leading stunt pilot. (My stomach was left in another atmosphere.) Finally, I was the first person ever to broadcast weather from the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. 


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