Paul Gross Biography
Paul Gross is an American Meteorologist serving as a correspondent at WDIV-TV Channel 4, the NBC affiliate station in Detroit, Michigan. Gross was appointed to the Board of Broadcast Meteorology of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 1987. Paul was in addition elected chairman in 1990. He still serves on the Committee on the Station Scientist of the AMS. He has won nine Michigan Emmy awards.
Paul Gross Career
Gross currently contributes to WDIV-TV News. When his second-grade teacher took him to the school library and pointed out a section of literature about the weather, his original dread of storms transformed into fascination. Paul’s passion for thunder and lightning grew as he read more about them, and at the tender age of seven, he confided in his family that he would one day work as a weatherman for Channel 4!
The Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science at the University of Michigan offers a particularly difficult program because it is housed in the esteemed College of Engineering. Paul studied meteorology there. Paul was chosen by WDIV meteorologist Mal Sillars to be the first weather intern in station history during his sophomore year. Gross was hired for a part-time, off-camera position by WDIV news director Bob Warfield in the middle of his senior year. Later that year, Paul added the weekend on-air meteorological position at Lansing’s WJIM-TV (now WLNS-TV). Further, two years later, when WKBD-Ten TV’s O’Clock News debuted, he also acquired the backup meteorologist post there.
In 1986, Paul was broadcasting simultaneously on all three television stations, and occasionally on two of them on the same day! Paul became one of the youngest meteorologists ever chosen to serve on the American Meteorological Society’s Board of Broadcast Meteorology in 1987. He was in addition designated chairman in 1990. His enthusiasm for meteorology rapidly garnered his attention among his peers. However, Paul’s reporting on science and the environment is what has significantly altered the way broadcast meteorology is thought of.
Paul began pressuring producers early in his career to allow him to work on science-related stories. Since then, Paul has done extensive research, and written, and produced eight WDIV half-hour documentaries in addition to several sciences, historical, and environmental pieces. At conferences at this time, Paul continued to exhort his colleagues to carry out more of the same kind of study. When his documentary “Forecast: Overlord,” which tells the story of how the weather affected D-Day in World War II, was deemed to be of such historical significance that it was added to the D-Day archives at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, the British Meteorological Archives, and the permanent collections of the Museums of Television. His work began to garner Emmys and other accolades as well as even national attention.
Paul was chosen to chair the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) new Committee on the Station Scientist. A post he held for seven years when the AMS recognized in 2006 that broadcast meteorologists needed to develop into all-encompassing “station scientists.” Gross was in charge of the AMS’s national initiative to enable and encourage broadcast meteorologists to include more science and environmental information in their broadcasts. Paul received the highest award bestowed by any professional scientific society when the AMS made him a Fellow of the Society in 2017. Paul is now one of just four meteorologists in history to have the titles of Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, and AMS Fellow.
Paul’s discovery in 1997 that Michigan law did not compel public schools to practice tornado protection drills led to one of his most significant professional achievements. Paul got in touch with a state lawmaker, who agreed and put out legislation. This was to change the state constitution to mandate tornado protection drills. Paul testified about the tornado threat in Michigan before the State House and Senate Education Committees. He later stood with Governor John Engler for the signing of the “Gross Weather Bill.”
Gross has received nine Emmy awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. Additionally, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters gave him first place for his live, 45-minute webcast on climate change that was broadcast on ClickOnDetroit.com in 2014.
Paul is a certified court meteorologist who has testified in approximately forty trials since 1986. As well as consults with the legal profession in cases involving meteorology. Paul also pays close attention to the scientific literature on global warming and frequently delivers talks to disseminate the information. He is regarded as one of the nation’s top communicators of objective scientific facts concerning climate change. Gross enjoys gardening, working out, playing softball, bowling, and golf, and collecting vintage stamps, coins, maps, and books on meteorology.
Paul Gross Age
Gross is private about his personal life hence he has not yet disclosed the year or month he was born. However, the information will be updated soon.
Paul Gross Height
Gross stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Paul Gross Family
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Paul Gross Wife
Paul Gross has two adult boys with his wife, Nancy. Gross currently resides in New York with his family. He attends Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield, Michigan, a Reform Jewish synagogue.
Paul Gross Salary
Gross earns an average salary of $75,000 annually.
Paul Gross Net Worth
Gross has an estimated net worth of $865,000. His primary source of income is his job as a channel 4 Local News correspondent.