Robert Gauthreaux III - Weekend Meteorologist
Robert Gauthreaux III is the Weekend Meteorologist at WBRZ-TV. He also updates WBRZ's 24/7 weather channel, builds weather graphics, conducts research, and covers breaking weather events. He joined the Channel 2 News team in March of 2014.
Robert was born in New Orleans and grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana. He then lived in Puyallup, Wash. for 12 years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from the University of South Alabama in 2011. Robert is currently finishing his Master's Degree in Climatology at LSU under the Louisiana State Climatologist. Previously at LSU, Robert was a graduate assistant for NOAA's Southern Regional Climate Center, and was also the school's first and only "Chief Meteorologist" for TigerTV and KLSU. He reported live from Houma, La. during the landfall of Hurricane Isaac in 2012.
Robert has always been a lifelong learner and meteorology piqued his interest at a very young age. His first impacted by the science during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. It was a very eventful night which included a frog in the dryer among other things. Robert grew up watching Meteorologist Nash Roberts keep the city of New Orleans calm in times of despair. He remains one of Robert's greatest heroes. In high school, Robert and another future journalist created the school's first live news program, where he volunteered to present the weather. That's when he knew he was destined to become a broadcast meteorologist.
Robert speaks Spanish as well as American Sign Language. He currently maintains the only broadcast weather social media pages in Spanish in the State of Louisiana. He also maintains the first and only broadcast weather social media pages in ASL in the nation.
Robert is an Eagle Scout and volunteers with local boy scouts on the Sewell-Eagle District committee as its Membership Chair. He also volunteers with the local deaf and hard of hearing advocacy group Deaf Focus.
A self-proclaimed autodidact, Robert has a passion for learning new skills. He loves long road trips and has visited 32 states, over 500 counties, four Canadian provinces, and four foreign countries. His hobbies include playing water polo, board games, and playing the bari saxophone. He's also a huge Disney fan, enjoys an occasional night out swing dancing, and you may see him winning at local trivia nights.
"Best Breaking Weather" - Louisiana Associated Press in 2014.
"#PeoplesChoice" - Baton Rouge Social Media Society in 2017