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Dominic Brown

Dominic Brown
Dominic Brown(WIS)
Updated: Oct. 12, 2018 at 9:04 AM EDT
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EMMY Award-winning Chief Meteorologist Dominic Brown joined WIS in June 2017, becoming the station’s first black chief meteorologist. Dominic is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) from the American Meteorological Society.

If there’s one thing that most people want to know about Dominic, it’s about his name. Don’t let the spelling fool you. It’s a family name. Dominic is named after his dad, but the best way to remember his name is to think of Dennis “The Menace.” Really! You’ll have it in no time.

Dominic is from Georgia, born and reared in a town called Locust Grove. He received his Master of Science in Geosciences/Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University (On-Campus). While at MSU, Dominic was a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Communication.  Dominic received his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Broadcast News from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.  As a senior at UGA, Dominic became the first president of the Grady Ambassadors, a team of dynamic student leaders, serving as hosts and ambassadors for the journalism school.  Also, while in college, Dominic was a news intern at WSB-TV in Atlanta in Summer 2004 and a weather intern at WCBS-TV in New York City in Summer 2006.

Dominic began his career in 2008 at WCTI-TV, the ABC affiliate in Eastern North Carolina. He was the first black meteorologist in that station’s history.  Then, Dominic spent five years as a meteorologist, reporter and anchor at WTKR-TV, the CBS affiliate in Hampton Roads, VA. He was the station’s first black meteorologist as well.

During his time at WIS, Dominic has tracked several major weather events that have affected the Palmetto State, including Hurricane Irma in 2017, Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, and Hurricane Dorian in 2019.  He’s also tracked several severe storms, including the deadly April 13, 2020 tornado outbreak in South Carolina and several tornadoes that touched down in September 2020 from Hurricane Sally’s remnants.

In August 2017, Dominic guided viewers through the Total Solar Eclipse as the moon’s shadow carved a path right through Columbia, SC. An on-air special produced about the eclipse subsequently earned he and his colleagues an EMMY nomination.  He earned two more EMMY nominations in 2019, one for local coverage of severe storms in the Midlands and another for coverage of Tropical Storm Florence.

Dominic was honored with the 2018 Television Weathercaster of the Year Award of Merit from the South Carolina Broadcasters Association (SCBA). Then, the following year, Dominic received the second place award for the 2019 TV Weathercaster of the Year (TV I Division) from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC).

In 2020, Dominic was honored with the 2020 Southeast Excellence in my Market Award (EMMA) for Best Weather Anchor. This honor is awarded each year by the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), recognizing outstanding work from markets 75+ in the Southeast Region. In September 2020, Dominic and his weather team won the 2020 Southeast EMMY Award for their live team weather coverage of Hurricane Dorian as the storm lashed portions of South Carolina with rain and wind in 2019. That same month, Dominic was voted as “Best Weatherperson” from the 2020 Free Times’ Best of Columbia.  In November 2020, Dominic received the first place award for the 2020 TV Weathercaster of the Year (TV I Division) from the RTDNAC.  He and his weather team also won the second place award for their news special of the 30th Anniversary of Hurricane Hugo from the RTDNAC that same month. Then, in January 2021, Dominic was voted Best TV Weatherperson from Columbia Metropolitan Magazine’s 2021 Best of Columbia.

Dominic is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and a member and past-president of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals (HRBMP). He is a member of the National Weather Association (NWA) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS). In fact, in 2010, Dominic received the AMS Television Seal of Approval (#1833).  Then, in 2021, Dominic became a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (#878).  Dominic was granted the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation in March 2021, which is awarded to broadcast meteorologists who meet established criteria for scientific competence and effective communication skills in their weather presentations. To earn the CBM, broadcasters must hold a degree in meteorology or equivalent from an accredited college or university, pass a rigorous written examination, and have their on-air work reviewed to assess graphical content, explanation, and presentation skills.

In addition, for four years, during his time in Virginia, Dominic served as an AMS DataStreme Local Implementation Team Member, assisting a local professor with online weather courses offered to K-12 teachers.  Also, Dominic is a member of the Southeast Chapter of NATAS. He is a member of the Columbia Urban League Young Professionals and serves as an advisory board member of the Downtown Columbia YMCA. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

When Dominic is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, godchildren, friends and fraternity brothers, going to the movies, working out, watching sports, and cheering on his Georgia Bulldogs and his Mississippi State Bulldogs.

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