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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/ 8/2010

Doug Kammerer new chief meteorologist at NBC-4

By Jason Samenow

D.C. area native to take Bob Ryan's old slot

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Doug Kammerer.

When the "dean of D.C. weather" Bob Ryan left NBC-4 (WRC) to join veteran forecaster Doug Hill at ABC-7, it left a massive hole for NBC to fill. Yesterday, the station announced it was pinning its hopes on Philadelphia forecaster Doug Kammerer who will become its next chief meteorologist in August (as reported by the Post's Lisa de Moraes yesterday). Kammerer, who grew up in Herndon, Va., joins veterans Tom Kierein, Veronica Johnson, and Chuck Bell on NBC-4's weather team.

The hiring of Kammerer suggests management at NBC-4 prioritized injecting youth into its evening news team of veterans Jim Vance, Doreen Gentzler, and Dan Hellie. Kammerer just celebrated his 35th birthday last month which will make him the youngest chief meteorologist in the D.C. area by a long shot. He is young enough to be the Bob Ryan's son (Ryan's son, Jason is 36) and younger than any of the meteorologists at NBC-4 who will be under him.

Keep reading for more on Doug Kammerer...

Despite his youth, Kammerer has rapidly risen through the T.V. weather ranks - moving to larger and larger markets. He began his career in Macon, Georgia before jumping to Jacksonsville, Florida and then Orlando. He arrived in Philadelphia in 2003 where he first worked at the NBC affiliate there before moving to CBS-3 in 2007.

"I am extremely excited to be coming home to the Washington, DC area to work for one of the best television stations in the business," Kammerer told TVNewsCheck.com. "I have worked my entire career and most of my life to make it back to Washington as a meteorologist at NBC 4, and I hope to continue the long-standing excellence that WRC is known for."

NBC-4's General Manager Michael Jack (reported to be leaving the station yesterday) appeared similarly excited, saying: "We are thrilled to have someone with such a deep interest in science join our already-esteemed team of meteorologists, Tom Kierein, Veronica Johnson and Chuck Bell."

Kammerer holds a bachelor of science degree in meteorology which he earned from Northern Colorado University. He also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal from the American Meteorological Society.

Tom Thurnstrom, who runs the weather blog Phillyweather.net, emailed the following to the Capital Weather Gang in response to a request for a critique: "Kammerer's pretty popular around here and has a pretty good reputation in town with the locals. I think his forecasts were pretty reliable in general . . . In terms of delivery, he's pretty personable and doesn't seem overly rehearsed . .. I think DC folks will like Doug."

Thurnstrom remarked Kammerer's most notable moment in Philly may have been breaking up a fight between long-time meteorologist Glen "Hurricane" Schwartz and Vince Demintri (a former reporter) when Kammerer worked at NBC-10 in 2006.

You can catch a sneak peak of Kammerer as he reports from a science fair in the Philadelphia-area last year and delivers a weather segment:

More on Kammerer:

By Jason Samenow  | June 8, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Doug grew up in Herndon and has considered this his dream job since grade school. If anybody can replace Bob Ryan, it's Doug Kammerer. Washington DC should prepare to be impressed (and finally have somebody who not only understands the nuances of DC weather, but also has a firm grasp on all the new tools to predict it better than anybody else--well, second to Capital Weather maybe...)!

Posted by: nathanaevans | June 8, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@nathanevans

Thanks for the insights. That's all good to hear. Do you know Doug personally?

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | June 8, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Very exciting to see this bold move from NBC! Ageism may be dead? :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | June 8, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how Tom Kierein and Veronica Johnson feel about a new guy being brought in and promoted over them?

Posted by: wiredog | June 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Cap Weather,

I have indeed known Doug since grade school. He's a great, charitable person and an equally good weatherman. He's got a great sense of humor, so watching him won't be so dry, and I bet he'll get along well with the others at Channel 4. He's a great athlete too and has some funny stories in that vein. (For example, one time he was doing a piece on the Colorada Rockies and the organization had him step up to bat. Doug kept on lauching homers at a faster pace than the players, which elicited some serious shock and interest from the coaching staff.) All in all, I'm really excited for him and his family, and I hope the DC area embraces him!

Posted by: nathanaevans | June 9, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Doug and I played basketball together. He was also in my Spanish class.

He was proficient in launching jump shots from all over the court but his best trait was definitely conjugating verbs.


Posted by: fpickering | June 14, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Your appointment of Doug Kammerer as Chief Meteorologist is despicable! This is why ignoramus management types create such friction at the workplace. I thoroughly reviewed Mr. Kammerer's biography and it is FLIMSY for an appointment as CHIEF Meteorologist ! That is the reason why he is so much younger than almost any other Chief Meteorologist in the country. You're an NBC-owned station, and I have no doubt you were ordered to hire as CHEAP as you could get ! ! !

Posted by: Carmen927r | August 30, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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