TAMPA -- News Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli has been named the top local television meteorologist in America by the respected trade publication Broadcasting & Cable.
The editorial team named Berardelli for what it called his "strong viewer-driven efforts" through the year. Those include the "Surviving the Storm" special, the Climate Classroom section on Channel 8's website, and Berardelli's coverage of Hurricane Ian.
“I am very grateful for this honor, and also to have the privilege to serve the Tampa Bay Area,“ Berardelli said. ”It is gratifying to know that my efforts to pass along my lifelong passion for weather and climate are making a difference.”
Berardelli also serves as the station's Climate Specialist. He also holds a masters degree from Columbia on climate and a CBM seal from the American Meteorological Society. In addition to being seen on Channel 8 at 5, 6, 7, and 11 p.m. weeknights, his reports and those of others on the Channel 8 weather team are heard on WFLA Radio and other iHeartRadio stations in the Tampa Bay area.