BIOGRAPHY

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Viewers in central and eastern Pennsylvania have watched Drew’s forecasts for close to a decade.

Because Meteorologist Drew Anderson “hails” from Pennsylvania (how could we not use that pun?), it will come as no surprise that he did a weather forecast with Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day.

Drew Anderson’s forecast on Groundhog Day.

He also did the weather live from Penn State on ESPN’s College GameDay.

On The Weather Channel, Drew’s live snowstorm analysis went viral.  As Drew spoke, thundersnow suddenly roared.  This excited Jim Cantore, the field reporter, so much that even ABC’s late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, showed this clip.

Known for accurate forecasting, Drew earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal of approval from The American Meteorological Society, an award from AccuWeather, and an Emmy nomination for excellence in weather reporting.

In the backgrounds of Drew’s weather reports, you’ll often see local landmarks.  Drew has photographed hundreds of landmarks for his weather graphics–a tradition that started at WGAL in Lancaster.

At WGAL, viewers saw him each weekend on News 8 Today or watched him during the week on News 8 at Noon, where he’d even do the weather live from WGAL’s outdoor set.

From snowstorms to floods, if severe weather rolled into the Susquehanna Valley, Drew would report live in the middle of it all.

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.

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 would write, produce and anchor the station’s daily lifestyles show, PALive!  On the show, he would tryout As Seen On TV Products, interview guests, and help chefs cook.  If a show didn’t have a chef scheduled, he would cook his own dish from start to finish for the show’s cooking segments.

Drew cooking on PA Live!

If he wasn’t busy enough at WBRE, he’d work at FOX43 on his days off.  After doing that for a few years, he left WBRE to do weather five-days-a-week on FOX43.

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

Drew also did community reporting at FOX43.  These reports showcased small businesses and people making a difference in the community.

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

Drew Anderson reports live in a hot air balloon.

When the ground wasn’t moving, he still found ways to be innovative.  He did entire live interviews while roller skating around a track, riding a bike, and climbing a rock wall.

Drew Anderson in the middle of rock wall.

On his time off from FOX43, Drew serves the community through teaching: he substitutes at a local high school and middle school, has night classes for adult learners interested in weather, guest lectures at astronomy and planetary societies, and gives science demonstrations at Boy and Girl Scouts events, museums, and elementary schools.

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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 Commonwealth campus and at West Chester University.

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

A decade prior, Drew was working as a teaching assistant in the mathematics department at Penn State.  He also worked as the program director of the University’s movie channel, as a researcher at the Pennsylvania State Climatologist, 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 earned 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.

At CBS3, he helped the on-air meteorologists with live weather down the shore and at backyard barbecues.  In studio, he helped make graphics at and did weather research.

Drew Anderson at CBS3.

At WGAL, he’d look up weather stats for Doug Allen’s weekly weather article.  Nearly a decade later, Drew would write his own weather articles for newspapers in northeastern Pennsylvania.

He had a similar experience with radio.  In college, he interned at a radio station group and hosted a classic rock show on Penn State’s station.  Years later, he had his own radio show at a hits station.

Drew Anderson in the T102 studios.

Radio stations across Pennsylvania have also aired Drew’s weather forecasts, including WMGK in Philadelphia.

Outside of Pennsylvania, Drew has done some interesting things: he chased tornadoes in the Midwest, worked in tornado alley, and developed the severe weather policy for a television station in New York.  In Canada, viewers watched him give a forecast in French.

NASA once gave him access to restricted area so he could cover a rocket launch from behind-the-scenes.

Drew Anderson at NASA

Drew is an experience traveler who has been practically everywhere in America.  He has visited all fifty states at least three times, and he has visited six of the seven continents several times.  He has continent number seven–Antarctica–on his radar for December 2019.

Drew looks forward to hearing from you at anderson@psu.edu.

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