Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: A Year in Review

Well, we can put another year in the books. 2014 is in the rearview, but before we look ahead to 2015, I just want to take a moment to recap some of the highlights over the past 12 months.

I am approaching my two-year anniversary at The Weather Network (February 1)and this past year has been even better than the first. In addition to working in studio covering every type of weather this great country has to offer, I took on the role of field reporter as well.

Field reporting has taken me all over Southern Ontario and Quebec reporting on not just the weather, but weather-related topics and some news stories as well. Last January I was in Windsor braving a -40 wind chill and, last month, I was in Montreal for four days reporting in a big snowstorm.

The snowstorm in Montreal took place at the same time as the great Jean Beliveau's funeral. Here is a short clip I filmed before the service.

 
In addition to live coverage of active weather, I've also put together feature stories on a variety of topics (for examples, check out the Video Links tab). In terms of news stories, I covered Corporal Nathan Cirillo's funeral procession in Hamilton and the Remembrance Day ceremonies from our nation's capital.
 
And I was hired by CrossFit Media on a freelance basis back in May to be the sideline reporter for their Canada West regional competition in Vancouver. To see weather, sports, and news clips from 2014, check out the Demo Reels tab.
 
What's in store for 2015?
 
Well, details are not finalized, but it appears as though I may be doing some travelling across the country in January for The Weather Network. I will have more information about this in the coming weeks, but after I'm finished the trip, I will have, in my life thus far, visited every province but Newfoundland.
 
Also, I am expecting to work on a freelance basis once again for CrossFit Media at their regional competition in Seattle at the end of May.
 
And 2015 will have a renewed focus on my part on my writing projects. I have one novel published, with two others that I am currently shopping to literary agents and publishers. I also have a film script I am working to get optioned.
 
Thanks for reading over the past year, hopefully a lot more good news to share over the NEXT 12 months!


Monday, December 1, 2014

December Update - Do They Know It's Christmas?

It's December which means I am fully embracing the Christmas spirit. I have my car radio on a non-stop Christmas music station (my favourite Christmas song is included in the title) and I've started watching all of the traditional Christmas movies as well (my two favourite Christmas movies are It's A Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation).

And if you're looking for a last-minute gift for someone, I am selling copies of my novel, 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality for half price on this website. Click here to read the first three chapters and to purchase a copy.

I travelled to Ottawa in November for the Remembrance Day ceremonies from our Nation's Capital and, while in Ottawa, I put together a story on military operations and weather at the National Defence Headquarters.


Also in November, I reported on the first snowfall of the season for Southern Ontario. That led to my inclusion in a full-page article in The Toronto Star.

Here's a look at my December schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

December 1 and 2 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

December 6 - 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

December 8 and 9 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

December 13 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

December 15 and 16 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

December 22 and 23 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

December 29 and 30 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Update - Trip to Ottawa

October ended with flurries in Southern Ontario and I was in the thick of it. I was reporting from my hometown of Oshawa during trick-or-treating hours and it was COLD.

Part of it is my fault since I wasn't dressed appropriately. In fact, I was dressed like below. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast--I think I nailed it.



November is going to be a busy month. For me, it's going to include a trip to Eastern Ontario for The Weather Network to cover the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

October also included the toughest assignment I've ever had to cover at this point in my broadcasting career. I was live from Hamilton covering the funeral procession for Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed at the National War Memorial on October 22. It was a day of extreme sadness and it was very difficult to maintain composure during TWN's broadcast.

Remembrance Day is definitely going to be a tough, emotional day for all those in attendance and those at home watching from across the country.

Here's a look at my November schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

November 1 and 2 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 3 and 4 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

November 8 and 9 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 10-12 - Eastern Ontario Trip (times will vary)

November 15 and 16 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 17 and 18 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

November 22 and 23 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 24 and 25 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

November 29 and 30 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Update - Favourite Time of the Year

Sure, two main signs that summer-like weather is behind us--the leaves changing and CHILLY mornings--are far too prevalent these days.

And while I'm definitely not looking forward to a plunge toward sub-zero temperatures, October really is my favourite time of the year for one reason: baseball.

Basically my entire month looks like this: Work at The Weather Network and then come home and sit on my couch watching postseason baseball. I'm almost ashamed to admit how much baseball I will watch this month.

(Quick aside: know what goes great with watching baseball? This)

Speaking of chilly mornings, I continue to experience them firsthand as a reporter for TWN's national morning show. Here's one of the stories I put together in September. It's all about connected car technology. And fear not, I included a myriad of David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider references.


Here's a look at my October schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

October 4 and 5 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 6 and 7 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

October 11, 12, 13 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 14 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

October 18 and 19 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 20 and 21 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

October 25 and 26 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 27 and 28 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Update - Goodbye Summer and Shameless Self Promotion

It's almost hard to say that we're now in the month of September. Even though Eastern Canada is firmly entrenched in a summer-like pattern for the first week of September, I don't think anyone is going to forget the cooler than normal summer we experienced this year.

It's been a nice of mix of studio and field reporting shifts for me recently. And even though my weeks are filled with early morning wakeup calls, there's nothing like seeing the sun rise on a summer morning.

We do like to have fun in studio too. Case in point, the following picture. Take one new map that moves across the country, add a green blanket, and you have my best Peter Pan impression.


Before I get into my September schedule, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that pennants races are starting to heat up in Major League Baseball. If you're looking to get into the mood for playoff baseball, why not grab a (autographed) copy of my novel 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality.

Here's my August schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).
September 1 and 2 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

September 3 - 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

September 6 and 7 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 8 and 9 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

September 13 and 14 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 15 and 16 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

September 19 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

September 20 and 21 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 22 and 23 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

September 27 and 28 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 29 and 30 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Update - Up Close and Personal with Tornado Damage

Not to be the bearer of bad news, but the summer is basically half over. Where does the time go? I've been trying to spend as much time as possible outside enjoying the warmth and the sun.

The field reporter position for The Weather Network's national morning show allows me to travel to different towns in Southern Ontario and meet new people and also to see the effect of severe storms firsthand.

Case in point, the EF1 tornado that hit Grand Bend at the end of July. I spent consecutive mornings in the town reporting on the damage and some of it was absolutely incredible. Check out this picture:


Luckily no one was home when the storm hit.

Here's my August schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

August 3 and 4 - 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

August 5 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 9 and 10 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 11 and 12 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 17 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

August 18 and 19 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 22 - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

August 23 and 24 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 25 and 26  -  6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 27 - 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

August 30 and 31 - 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Update

I think the saying of 'be careful what you wish for' is appropriate this time of year in select areas across the country. We were all begging for the heat during that brutal winter and June certainly brought its fair share of heat and humidity.

However, you won't find me complaining about it. I'd take the heat over the cold any day of the week and twice on Sundays. I've been playing a lot of tennis so far this summer and I put together a story for The Weather Network on what tennis court surface is best for battling active weather.



Here's my July schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

July 1 - 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 2 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 5 and 6 - 12 p.m. to 5p.m.

July 7 and 8 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 12 and 13 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 14 and 15 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 19 and 20 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 21 and 22 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 26 and 27 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 28 and 29 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.