Andy Parker Joins Eyewitness News

August 13, 2014 Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Andy Parker Joins Eyewitness News

August 13, 2014 Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo Meteorologist Andy Parker is returning to 7 Eyewitness News. He will be Director of Meteorology and Executive Producer/Weather. In addition to his responsibilities as meteorologist during the station’s morning newscast, Parker will continue his trademarked Weather Machine program in the Buffalo area. The school program is dedicated to educating students on the importance of weather and the changing conditions that affect all aspects of life in Western New York.

“We are thrilled to have Andy Parker coming home to 7 Eyewitness News,” said Michael Nurse, Vice President and General Manager for WKBW-TV. “Knowing and understanding the changes in Buffalo weather is critically important to our viewers. Andy’s addition to our already strong team of meteorologists gives us a clear advantage in continuing to provide lifesaving information to our dedicated viewers. We strongly believe that Andy’s addition makes WKBW the most accurate and trusted weather source in the Buffalo area.”

This fall, Parker will join the 7 Eyewitness News weather team, which includes trusted meteorologists Aaron Mentkowski, Autumn Lewandowski, Mike Randall and Jessica McLaughlin. With five dedicated meteorologists, WKBW offers the largest, most experienced weather team on Buffalo television.

“This is a great opportunity for me to return to 7 Eyewitness News, the place where I began my career,” Parker said. “With the new Scripps ownership, there are many exciting changes coming to 7 Eyewitness News, and I definitely want to be a part of it. I’ve dedicated my career to providing viewers the most accurate forecast, and I’m really looking forward to continuing that commitment for the viewers of 7 Eyewitness News. I’m also very excited about bringing The Weather Machine program to schools throughout Western New York to educate our student scientists.”

7 Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski said, “Andy will be a great addition to our team weather coverage that now features an unparalleled level of experience from a team of native Western New Yorkers. With the newest weather technology and the power of our new Storm Shield app, we are prepared to give Western New York the most accurate forecast and weather warnings.”

Parker began his career at WKBW in 1993 and worked alongside the venerable 7 Eyewitness News weatherman Tom Jolls until 2000. Parker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology with specialties in math and atmospheric physics from the State University of New York at Brockport. Throughout his career, he has earned numerous credits, including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and the internationally respected broadcasting Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.

“Andy grew up in the Southtowns and knows how the lake effect storms can change in an instant,” said Lisa Polster, 7 Eyewitness News Director. “He will become an integral part of our 7 Eyewitness News morning strategy that will continue to help our viewers plan their day around the changes in Buffalo weather.”

When not forecasting the weather, Parker spends time with his wife and daughter.