Resume/CV

RECENT AND RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Broadcast and Digital Meteorologist – WCTV/Gray Television – Tallahassee, FL – Jan. 2017 – present
• Responsible for posting weather and science content and stories to the station’s website and social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. Written content topics include climate, major weather events, and holiday and weekend forecasts.
• Forecasting and delivering the weather on air during the weekend morning shows using TWC’s MAX system, and filling in for other weather staff when needed. 
• Posting weather content and stories to the station’s website and social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.
• Written content topics for the web include upcoming weather event forecasts and discussions, climate change, and and other science topics.
• Creating content for the yearly hurricane special.
• Resurrected the idea of a Hurricane Guide, and created a digital-only guide in 2019 using Adobe InDesign, and update it annually (link to PDF). The guide also includes sponsors to help gain revenue.
• Gather information, shoot, write, and edit weather and science stories for television and the web. Topics include climate change, severe weather prep, interesting and relevant research, science outreach, and weather “explainers.”
• Initiated, and produce and host a (nearly) weekly tech segment for one block during the Sunday morning newscasts.
• Creating new, engaging graphics to use for weather broadcasts.
• Created the graphics for the new mobile weather application, as well as occasionally monitoring app statistics.
• Assisting the news department with photography or general assignment coverage, as needed.
• Help the newsroom with training new MMJs on topics of shooting and editing video, and creating training materials for the staff on using camera gear, technical procedures, and smartphone video news gathering. Also advise news management on news-gathering technologies.

Photojournalist/Meteorologist – WCTV/Gray Television – Tallahassee, FL – Sept. 2013 – Dec. 2016
• Posted weather updates on social media channels using weather graphics from WSI TruVu Max using Social News Desk and TweetDeck.
• Initiated the posting weather updates on the weather webpage, including weather-related news, which has increased traffic to the once-dormant weather section on the website.
• Fill-in on-camera meteorologist when needed, and assists the weather department with graphics and social media during times of severe weather.
• Collaborated with the weather team to write, edit, and shoot weather stories for newscasts and special projects, including the hurricane season specials.
• Shot and edited news, weather, and sports video with a reporter or solo in the field using
professional-grade Sony cameras and non-linear editors, and shot live shots using bonded cellular.
• Was responsible for educating news staff with equipment and editing software. Created technical procedures for reporters to transmit video back to the station using bonded cellular.
• Social media channels: @CharlesRoopWCTV on Twitter.

Atmospheric Scientist – HWind Scientific, LLC – Tallahassee, FL – Nov. 2014 – June 2015
• Performed post-storm analysis on tropical cyclones using surface, aircraft, and satellite data.
• Searched for new data sources and how it could be used for improving quality control analysis.
• Assisted with creating a method to retrieve vertical profile weather data using Python.
• Used social media to inform and engage the audience about the science of tropical cyclones and happenings with the company.

EDUCATION

Master of Science – Geosciences (Operational Meteorology) – Mississippi State University – 2013
• Thesis: Geographic analysis of tornadogenesis from landfalling and nearby tropical cyclones in the state of Florida (PDF, Video of Defense)
• President, East Mississippi Chapter of the National Weather Association / American Meteorological Society (2011-2012)
• Poster presented: Geographic analysis of tornado frequency from landfalling tropical cyclones in the state of Florida. Southeast Severe Storms Symposium, Third-place winner, 2013

Bachelor of Science – Geography – University of Florida – 2010
• Outside Concentration: Photojournalism
• Certificate in Weather and Climate
• Vice President, Gator Amateur Radio Club
• Vice President & a founding member, UF Chapter of the American Meteorological Society

Associate of Arts – Journalism – College of Central Florida – 2006
• Writer, News Editor, Photojournalist, Co-Editor of The Patriot Press

RECOGNITION

Finalist, Weather Reporting (Single), “The Fujiwhara Effect,” Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists, 2021

Winner, Public Affairs, “Hurricane Season 2020: New Reasons to be Ready,” WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team & Ryan Kaufman, Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists, 2021

Finalist, Weather Reporting (Single), “Polar Vortex“, Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists, 2020

Finalist, Weather Reporting (Single), “Fake Weather“, Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, 2019

Finalist, Weather Reporting (Single), “South Georgia Tornado Drill“, Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, 2018

Finalist, Best General Assignment, Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, 2015

First Place for Forecasting, Louisville, KY, The Weather Challenge, 2013

Runner-Up for Forecasting, Astoria, OR, The Weather Challenge, 2013