|Institutions||WJLA-TV, NBC, CNBC, NASA|
|Known for||Climate Science communication|
Joe Witte (born 1943) is currently a researcher at the Goddard Spaceflight Center specializing in Visual Communication of Climate Science and Television news visualizations. He adapts science content for use by 1,300 television meteorologists around the country.
Witte left television after a long career in meteorology. Most recently he was the morning and midday weathercaster for TBD TV, a local cable news network owned by Albritton Communication headquartered in Rosslyn, VA and serving the Washington, D.C area. Prior to that he worked at Washington's ABC affiliate, WJLA, which is also owned by Albritton and headquartered in the same Rosslyn facility. He served as the weekend weathercaster at WJLA from 2003 through September 2008, when he was released by the station. He was brought back in November 2008 to replace popular longtime morning weathercaster Ron Riley, who retired after 15 years with Newschannel 8.
Witte has worked for WCBS-TV, WABC-TV, and WNBC-TV in New York City, as well as at stations in Seattle, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. While at WNBC-TV, he was the longtime weatherman on the morning program Today in New York. Witte served as the weatherman for the former NBC News program NBC News at Sunrise from 1983 to 1999, and as the weatherman for Sunday Today from 1992 to 1999. Witte has also filled in for John Coleman on ABC's Good Morning America, and for Willard Scott, and Al Roker on NBC's Today Show. He helped make John Coleman's beta project tape for the initial Weather Channel. Witte then served 4 years reporting on the weather's effects on the business world for CNBC from 1999 to 2003. He continues to perform voiceover work for sponsor idents that appear before some segments of NBC's Today.
Witte has often reported on NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC as a weather expert and was chief meteorologist for NBC's Super Channel NBC Asia, and NBC Europe. He has also made appearances as a meteorologist on MSNBC. Witte was on the air non-stop for Hurricane Gloria in 1985, and also for the Blizzard of 1996 for over eight hours each for both events. Local Emmys for Blizzard of 1996 and 2003's Hurricane Isabel are among his awards.
Joe Witte started his career as a glaciologist for the USGS, working on the ice of South Cascade Glacier, WA. He was the principal investigator on ice island T-3 in the Arctic Ocean studying the Greenhouse infrared radiation budget as well as the ice crystals of the Arctic clouds, winter and summers. Next was 1 year at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton, where original climate change computer modeling was created.
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