Josh Eachus - 2 Questions
Josh Eachus is the 2une In and noon meteorologist for WBRZ. His forecasts can be seen from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. weekdays. Since joining WBRZ, Josh has covered multiple tornado outbreaks, a few winter weather events and the Great Flood of 2016.
Locally, Josh has spearheaded, WBRZ’s “Dog Days of Summer” in an effort to care for displaced dogs. Josh has also served on various panels around the region to discuss the effectiveness of social media in weather. Regionally, he launched the Integrated Warning Team—a bi-annual conference that assembles the National Weather Service, Emergency Managers, and local media to improve weather communication. Nationally, he has presented his research to leaders of the field at annual conferences held by the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, contributed to wxshift.com and created thewxsocial.com, a blog site dedicated to better weather communication. In addition to all of this, Josh is a Ph.D. student researching weather communication at LSU.
After a lightning strike near his home in Aston, Pennsylvania, Josh was afraid of weather as a kid. “The power of nature grew into a respect for weather, and a drive to understand the science of meteorology. Now, I hope my studies have prepared me to alert viewers and protect them from destructive weather,” said Josh.
Josh would go to graduate from the California University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in Meteorology and an M.S. degree in Sports Management. While there, he participated in a two-week-long summer storm chase across the country for credited coursework.
Josh landed his first gig as a meteorologist and reporter at WTOV9 in Steubenville, Ohio/ Wheeling, West Virginia. There, he was a member of the Associated Press (AP) award winning best "Team of Meteorologists". During that time, Josh also worked as an adjunct professor with the Bethany College Department of Communications teaching public speaking, sports broadcasting, and broadcast news.
Just after joining WBRZ in September 2013, Josh received the National Weather Association Broadcast Meteorologist seal of approval. In 2014, he would receive another AP award for “Best Team Weather Coverage in Louisiana” for efforts during the January 2014 Winter storm alongside Pat Shingleton. Later that year, @JoshEachus on Twitter was recognized as one of the best accounts in the area by the Baton Rouge Social Media Association—where he occasionally serves as an expert panelist and speaker. Then in 2015, the AP voted Josh as the “Best Weathercast” in Baton Rouge.
“I’m proud to work for WBRZ. My values, our values, remain to be there for this community on and off the air, first, before, during and after severe weather. I aim to provide the area with accurate, scientifically sound weather information, but different from most meteorologists, I root for people and not storms. My educational background provides a proven method of bringing weather information with an empowering, life-saving delivery on-air and on digital media. It’s a cutting-edge blend of science and communication. That’s what WBRZ is all about—innovating new trends as the local news game changes,” said Josh. "I have a passion for weather and can't help but share my passion. The greatest compliment I receive from members of the community is not just that they enjoy my weather forecasts, but that they learned something about weather from watching me."
Josh lives in East Baton Rouge Parish with his fiancée, Jaimee, and dog, Doug. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing running and watching college football. While not as popular here in Louisiana, Josh is a huge hockey fan and rarely misses a game featuring his hometown Philadelphia Flyers.
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