A northeastern Ohio native, AJ grew up in the legendary “Snowbelt.” He knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a meteorologist.
AJ witnessed the awesome and terrible destruction caused by an EF5 tornado in Albion, Pennsylvania after a massive tornado outbreak in May of 1985. At the time AJ was only 10 years old, but this event indelibly etched in his conscience a fascination, passion and respect for weather. This profound experience ultimately led to a career that would hopefully help people survive by warning people ahead of time about potentially life-threatening and devastating weather events such as the Albion tornado.
AJ began reporting local temperatures and snowfall data to various media outlets, primarily to Fox 8’s very own Meteorologist André Bernier when the Morning Show first debuted in the winter of 1988. He was blessed with having the opportunity to have André as his mentor throughout his high school and college year, and beyond.
AJ had an incredible opportunity to begin his career as a television weathercaster when he was just 16 years old at WSEE-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, the local CBS affiliate.
Soon after, he was hired by WJW Television. This was an amazing, and in many ways unprecedented opportunity for a 19-year-old college student. AJ was honored to fill-in on many of the Newscenter 8 newscasts, having the extraordinary opportunity to work with heavyweight personages like the legendary Dick Goddard, Robin Swoboda, Tim Taylor, Wilma Smith and André Bernier.
AJ earned his bachelor’s degree in “Arts and Sciences” from The Ohio State University. This was thanks in no small part to the guidance and advise of André Bernier. He helped focus AJ’s collegiate studies on the proper classes and experiences necessary to learn about the atmosphere and forecasting disruptive weather events.
After graduating, AJ landed his first full-time, on-air position at WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, the local NBC affiliate.
In the spring of 2000, AJ began working full-time in Cleveland and is now honored to serve as a staff meteorologist at WJW Fox 8.