Congratulations to our very own Chief Meteorologist David Chandley!
The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication's national broadcast society, DiGamma Kappa, will present David with its annual Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and Cable Award.
David says, "First off I am extremely humbled to be recognized by DiGamma Kappa at UGA, I am also honored to be included in the list of those that have been awarded in the past."
As a 1984 graduate of Grady College, David finished with a degree in broadcast journalism. David then completed Mississippi State University's broadcast meteorology program; and went the extra step to hold the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) seal, from the American Meteorological Society. That is the highest mark of distinction and recognition in his field.
David has been with FOX 5 Atlanta for a year. But he's no stranger to the area, as he has worked in the Atlanta market for more than 25 years. Prior to making his way to the city, David has worked in Albany, Macon, and Columbus.
And throughout his career, technology has come a long way too. David says, "By far in meteorology, the biggest change has been the processing speed of computers, we can do instantly what took hours before. And with faster processing, weather models are able to update and crunch a tremendous amount of data. This helps in forecasting and I know has saved lives in severe weather events with quicker warnings."
David's love for his community extends way beyond television and forecasting--he volunteers with Passion City Church, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Gwinnett County Schools, and Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.
This presentation adds another award to go right along with his seven Southeast Emmy Awards and countless nominations.
Let's celebrate David's achievement as he continues to make our station--and all our viewers--extremely proud!
For the youngsters out there who want to be "the next David Chandley," he has some wonderful advice:
"Find your passion and pursue it, knowing that the path can be altered by obstacles. It’s how you choose to navigate those obstacles that determines the mood of the journey. Also strive for excellence in all you do. When you do, it becomes habit and that is an endearing quality."