Meteorologist Carol Erickson is one of the market’s most versatile television personalities. Erickson first came to CBS 3 in 1978 as a weathercaster, serving as weekend news anchor and New Jersey beat reporter before leaving the station at the end of 1984. Erickson rejoined CBS 3’s news team in August, 1991 and now forecasts weather for both CBS 3 and The CW Philly in addition to serving as a reporter for the stations.
Broadcast Pioneers member Carol Erickson began her career in broadcasting at Tucson, Arizona's KOLD-TV as a weathercaster. Later, she moved on to WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas where she served as news reporter, weathercaster and talk show host until joining CBS 3 the first time.
Erickson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona. She also holds a certificate of approval for her weather forecasts from the National Weather Association (NWA) and served on its Seal Evaluation Committee helping to select candidates across the nation seeking the NWA seal. Erickson has also earned a Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society as well as the more recent CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) Seal from the AMS, considered the gold standard of accreditation in her field.
Active in the community, Erickson is a passionate advocate for family pets and other animals. She often includes “pet advisories” in her weather forecasts, hosts a “pet page” on CBS 3’s website and reports on animal-related stories. For years, she has also hosted the popular “Ask the Vet” segment with Dr. Jerry Geffen which airs on Eyewitness News Sunday mornings. Erickson even earned a diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counseling - Canine Behavior from the American Institute for Animal Science, now the American College of Applied Science.
In 2007, she was awarded the Pennsylvania SPCA Media All-Star Award for her stories on animals and for calling attention to the plight of animals. In 2008, she was an Honoree at the PSPCA Good Dogs Gala for her efforts with shelter animals. In 2010, Erickson will be indicted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in recognition of her body of work in the field of broadcasting.
Recently, Erickson expanded her media career by publishing a children’s book, “Not A Used Dog, At All,” a book encouraging adoption of shelter dogs. The book, released this year by AuthorHouse, is available at www.authorhouse.com. Profits from the book benefit animal shelters and rescue groups locally. The book was also placed on the recommended summer reading list for the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
Erickson has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards, including for weather anchoring, writing and spot news reporting. In 2004, she won an Emmy for “Carol’s Story,” her courageous reports on her personal battle with breast cancer. The series generated enormous public response and her online diary of her experiences is still available online. Erickson also won an Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Special Event Coverage – Live as anchor/host of the telecast of the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. As a survivor, Erickson also volunteers her time locally to support the Race held each Mother’s Day in Philadelphia.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Erickson has also lived in Oregon, California, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania, but made the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey her home. She resides in Burlington County with assorted animals. She has a daughter, Lexie, who is in her third year of law school.
On Friday, November 19, 2010, Carol Erickson was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.
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