Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz
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Broadcast Pioneers member Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz was named NBC10’s chief meteorologist on November 28, 2002, and in the same year, he co-authored The Philadelphia Area Weather Book.
Schwartz joined NBC10 in October 1995. Prior to that, he worked as the meteorologist for WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Florida, and WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. In Ft. Myers, he covered Hurricane Andrew on his first day on the air.
Schwartz got his nickname when he worked at WNYW-TV in New York City from 1986-1990. An anchorman dubbed him “Hurricane” after watching old footage of Schwartz being blown around in one. As a Hurricane Specialist for The Weather Channel in Atlanta from 1985 – 1986, he produced hurricane documentaries for the network and the National Science Foundation. He also became the network’s first “hurricane chaser.”
In 1979 - 1983, Schwartz began his TV Meteorology career with WAGA-TV in Atlanta. Before joining WAGA, he was the Disaster Preparedness Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Atlanta. His experience and interest with hurricanes began with the National Hurricane Center in Miami from 1974-1977. From 1972-1974, Schwartz worked at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania, providing radio forecasts for numerous clients.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Schwartz attended Central High School and went on to graduate from Penn State receiving a B.S. degree in Meteorology.
Being the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy, Schwartz is most proud of being voted “one of the 30 greatest Philadelphians of the past 30 years” in 1998. Schwartz also treasures his 2005 Louis J. Batton Author’s Award presented to him in San Diego by The American Meteorological Society. ‘The Philadelphia Area Weather Book,’ co-authored by Schwartz, won because of its outstanding regionally –focused account of historical weather events. In October 2005, he was named the 79th Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) in the country. Schwartz is one of the first broadcast meteorologists in Philadelphia to earn this prestigious recognition.
Over the years, Schwartz has been very involved in his community, participating in hundreds of speaking engagements, workshops and seminars on earth sciences and the weather. In October 2005, Schwartz started H.O.P.E.S., a community project which stands for “Hurricane’s Outreach Program to Educate Students.” The goal of H.O.P.E.S. is to mentor and provide a selected group of minority students with professional guidance and exposure to the field of meteorology.
Glenn Schwartz resides in Lower Merion and is a lifetime Philadelphia sports fan. His hobbies include racquetball, softball, and of course, chasing hurricanes.
On Friday, November 19, 2010, Glenn Schwartz was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.
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