BIOGRAPHY

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Meteorologist Drew Anderson has the most sought after television weather seal of approval (The American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal), an award from AccuWeather, and an Emmy nomination for excellence in weather reporting.  Viewers across central and eastern Pennsylvania have enjoyed his forecasts for a decade now.

In his forecasts, you’ll often see community landmark: Drew has photographed hundreds of local landmarks for the team’s weather graphics.  This tradition started at WGAL, the NBC in the Harrisburg television market.

At WGAL, viewers saw him each weekend on News 8 Today and each week on News 8 at Noon, where he had the chance to do weather from WGAL’s outdoor set.

From snowstorms to floods, if severe weather rolled into the Susquehanna Valley, Drew would report live.

Drew reporting live on weather conditions.

After WGAL, Drew went up the road to the NBC in Wilkes-Barre, home of the widest TV viewing area east of the Mississippi River.

There, he did more outdoor weather.  WBRE had an impressive rooftop weather set, which included a Chroma key.

Giving the forecast from WBRE’s rooftop set.

Every weekend on Eyewitness News, Drew gave regional forecasts so viewers in the mountains, the valleys, and all the microclimates in between had the most accurate forecast.  WBRE was independently rated as the area’s most accurate forecast during Drew’s time there.

Drew giving the forecast in the WBRE studios.

During the week, Drew got to write, produce and anchor the station’s daily lifestyles show, PALive!  On the show, the show, he would tryout As Seen On TV Products, interview guests, and help chefs cook.

If an episode of PALive! didn’t have a chef scheduled, he’d put on a chef’s coat and cook a dish from start to finish.

Drew cooking on PA Live!

On days off from WBRE, he’d work at FOX43 back in the Harrisburg television market.  After doing that for a few years, he left WBRE to do weather five-days-a-week for FOX43.

Drew Anderson giving the forecast live on air in the FOX43 studios.

While at FOX43, Drew started doing community reporting.  These reports showcased small businesses and people making a difference in the community.

He had a knack for making these reports innovative: he’d do live interviews as he roller skated around a track, rode a bike, climbed a rock wall, and the list goes on…

Drew Anderson in the middle of rock wall.

He also took FOX43’s new wireless live report technology to new heights–literally.  Viewers saw him reporting live from a hot air balloon floating over Lancaster County.  He also did live reports from moving trains, planes, boats, and trucks!

Drew Anderson reports live in a hot air balloon.

Outside of the stations, Drew also serves the community through teaching.

He has done countless school, Boy Scouts, and museums visits to teach students about science.

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Meteorologist Drew Anderson explaining how the weather works at the North Museum of Nature and Science.

Drew also teaches his own sciences classes at a Penn State campus and at West Chester University–something he has done for five years.

His innovation with online teaching at the colleges has gained a lot of attention.  Several teaching with technology conferences asked Drew to present his tips and best practices for online teaching, and in 2017, Penn State Lehigh Valley awarded Drew with their teaching excellence award.

Drew holding his Penn State teaching award.

Drew’s love of teaching began at Penn State.  There, he got to serve as a teaching assistant in the mathematics department and as a counselor at Penn State’s weather camp.

Drew Anderson At Penn State’s Weather Camp.

It took Drew only three and a half years to earn all the credits for his Bachelor of Science in meteorology, communications minor, and information sciences and technology minor.

According to an adviser in the College of Communications, Drew became the first Penn State student to graduate with two communications minors.  Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences recognized Drew academic and extracurricular excellence and distinguished him as a laureate graduate.

Before he graduated, he got to intern at his two stations he grew up watching: CBS3 in Philadelphia and WGAL in Lancaster.

Drew Anderson at CBS3.

He also got to do the weather on ESPN’s College GameDay when they came to Penn State to preview the Iowa game in 2009.

Looking ahead, Drew will journey to Antarctica this December to film reports on research and climate change.

Drew looks forward to hearing from you at danderson@wcupa.edu.

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