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Erik Zarnitz
Works at WLWT-TV, Hearst Television, Inc.
Attended Valparaiso University
Lives in Cincinnati
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Erik Zarnitz

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Decided (and encouraged) to try it out....  Anyone out there?  Hello!
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I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. I have an incredible family, great friends, and a career that I love. I hope that you enjoy my work as much as I love doing it!
I have a friend who for the better part of a decade would always rant and rave about the Queen City, and now I know why!

Before I even landed the job at WLWT, Cincinnati was already in my blood. My last job had me posted just up the road in Dayton but with being so close I’d often head down to check out the Museums, the Aquarium or hit up a game (What a GREAT sports town!!) Other times it was just to catch a concert and a cheese coney while hanging out with some friends. Either way I always had a blast and was welcomed with open arms.

Originally I’m from Morristown, NJ (that’s right… the home of big hair and gold chains… only one of which I have!) where my love for weather was born. My parents had a small plane (Cessna 180) and during our trips I remember being fascinated by he clouds, I even remember asking my dad at about the age of five, “what job can I have were this is what I do?” He said, Meteorologist and it has been a passion of mine ever since.

My first stop toward my goal was with the right education, earning my B.S. degree in Meteorology from Valparaiso University and later my M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. While studying for my M.B.A. I also worked part-time, weather producing for WNBC in New York City. The meteorologists there taught me so much and even helped me get a resume tape together. After sending out 100+ tapes/resumes I finally got a bite and landed my first full time Meteorology job at KDLT in Sioux Falls South Dakota. Between the late night severe thunderstorms, crazy tornado outbreaks, and bitter cold blizzards I was in weather heaven! Those experiences taught me so much and paved the way for my moves to WDTN in Dayton and now WLWT.

During the past seven years I have earned my CBM seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society, been an active member of Generation Dayton, The Sons of Norway, as well as a certified Sky Warn Storm Spotter/ Instructor and still looking to get more involved!

If you have any questions, comments, or a story idea, please feel free to tweet me on twitter (HTML link –, post a message on my facebook page (link-, or just send me an email!
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Earned the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society
  • Valparaiso University
    B.S. Meteorology, 1997 - 2001
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
    M.B.A., 2001 - 2002
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  • WLWT-TV, Hearst Television, Inc.
    Meteorologist, 2010 - present
    Meteorologist for WLWT Channel 5, the NBC affilliate in Cincinnati, OH
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