Local News Chief Meteorologist

Full-time Position, Available on: 2023-11-06

WGAL News 8, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate serving the Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA market, is looking for our next leader in the weather department. We are looking for someone who knows the science of forecasting and can tell a relatable weather story. You will be an accurate forecaster, convey appropriate tone for the situation, summarize complicated information, and be able to use the latest technology. You will also manage a team of meteorologists and will demonstrate and communicate our coverage plan to producers, anchors, reporters, video journalists, and our digital team. The Chief Meteorologist is an important part of the news management team. You will report to the News Director.


Provide viewers with accurate, compelling, and understandable forecasts
Create dynamic and innovative graphics to help tell the weather story with clarity
Lead the weather team to create a synergized, connected and accurate forecast
Provide urgent weather information that helps the audience prepare for active and severe weather
Get on first for severe weather, providing real-time storm tracks, analysis and other information to keep viewers safe
Coach and encourage other members of the weather department
Coordinate and execute bi-annual weather specials
Contribute to daily editorial meetings
Go live in the field for active weather events
Consistently contribute engaging content on all TV, digital and social platforms
Operate with unwavering journalistic integrity and ethical standards
Must be willing to work flexible hours as needed, especially for severe weather

5-10 years of forecasting experience
Dynamic, polished and authoritative presence with a conversational weather presentation
In-depth knowledge of weather science and microclimate forecasting
Experience in handling breaking weather coverage, including storms, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, hazardous winds, extreme heat, etc.
Proficient in using the Weather Company’s MAX system and other weather technology
CBM, AMS and/or NWA seal
Bilingual experience is a plus
Related military experience will be considered
Diversity Statement

At Hearst Television we tell stories every day. Stories about people of all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. That’s why, behind the scenes, we believe in being an organization as diverse and varied as the audience we reach, ensuring that the content we create is more compassionate, and more representative of the communities we serve.


Hearst’s benefit programs are modern, flexible and designed to focus on you. As a Hearst employee, you and your spouse or partner or dependents would have access to the following benefits.

Medical | Dental | Vision
401(k) matching
Emotional Wellness Support
Paid Time Off
Paid Parental Leave
LGBTQ+ Health Services
Additional benefits to meet your and your family’s needs

Company: WGAL TV

1300 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster, PA, 17603

Contact: Human Resources
(212) 887-6800