Pressing Issues Forum: Changing Seasons

Category: Meetings & Conventions

Event Date:

Friday, April 28, 2017


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Main Library
325 Michigan
Toledo, OH 43604

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GENERAL EVENT NOTICE: Due to recent concern over the spread of the corona virus, suggests confirming with the actual organizers that this event is still proceeding as planned.

Event Details:

The Press Club is hosting a Pressing Issues forum focusing on the topic of “Changing Seasons: A behind-the-scenes look at the news decisions and technology that drives the reporting, popularity and public interest of weather coverage.”

The event will be held at Main Library, 325 Michigan St. in the McMaster Center from 9-10:30 a.m. Moderated by Anthony Knopps of the Press Club and News Director, WTOL 11 and Fox 36 television. The forum will include presentations by each panelist, as well as Q&A.

The Pressing Issues forum will focus on the dynamics of modern meteorology, and the intersection of the technology, news value, and the business aspects, along with the public fascination of weather. The four panelists include:

Jay Berschback, Chief Meteorologist, WTVG-13
Pat Moomey, Lucas County EMA Director
Art Samel, BGSU geography professor, meteorologist and climate researcher
Robert Shiels, First Alert Chief Meteorologist, WTOL 11/Fox 36

How Does Weather Affect the News? 
Spring brings a natural focus by local residents and area meteorology professionals alike on the changing seasons, and with it, the risk of severe weather. From local weather staffs and emergency management agencies, to national weather services and storm chasers and weather watchers on social media, the topic and potential threat of severe weather can quickly take precedence over any activity or news broadcast, while capturing the attention of local residents.

The forum is free and open to the public. Discussion begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 10:30 a.m. with time for questions from the audience.

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