We reported recently that non-renewed WTNH meteorologist Geoff Fox had been pulled from on-air duties to wait out his contract due to a controversial Facebook group that had sprung up. Now, WTNH has hired Fox’s replacement, a broadcast veteran with experience all over the country.
Steve MacLaughlin, seen above in his News 8 headshot, arrived in Connecticut on Thursday the 27th, just in time to cover the wild winter weather. He came from New York CW affil and former ‘LVI stablemate WPIX, where he served as a fill-in meteorologist. Prior to that, MacLaughlin spent time in Texas as the weekend meteorologist at KXAS, the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex’s NBC affiliate. He also has spent time at Philadelphia’s WPHL (yet another former-WLVI sister station) and The Weather Channel.
Hit the jump for a press release from WTNH, which includes an overview of his decorated career, including his 2006 award for “Best Weathercast” from the Associated Press.
It is also worth noting that viewer backlash has spilled over into the new hire, with dozens of angry comments on the station’s Facebook page from viewers angered by Fox’s treatment.
WTNH News 8 Welcomes Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (January 28, 2011) — WTNH News 8 is proud to welcome the newest member of Storm Team 8, Steve MacLaughlin. MacLaughlin will provide forecasts for the evening newscasts on WTNH News 8 and WCTX MyTV9. MacLaughlin jumped right into his new position and made his first appearance on News 8 on Thursday the 27th, in the aftermath of yet another winter storm.
“Steve is known for developing and delivering a forecast that is clear, accurate and to the point,” said Mark Higgins, Vice-President and General Manager of WTNH/WCTX. “He is a great addition to the strong and trustworthy meteorologists who make up Storm Team 8.”
MacLaughlin is an Emmy award winning meteorologist, who has most recently been working at WPIX in New York City. He has also worked at television stations in Dallas, and Philadelphia, as well as at the Weather Channel. MacLaughlin has experience with Connecticut’s tricky forecasts; he spent time working at News 12 Connecticut, early in his career. He received his degree in Meteorology from Rutgers University.
“I’m excited to have an opportunity to come back to Connecticut,” said MacLaughlin. “The weather here can be challenging and unpredictable and that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s great to be a part of the dedicated team of professionals who make up Storm Team 8.”
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