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Guest Speaker - BRYAN NORCROSS
Senior Hurricane and Emergency Communications Specialist
Bryan Norcross is Senior Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel, based in Atlanta. He joined the channel in the summer of 2010, bringing his extensive experience covering tropical storms and hurricanes to The Weather Channel’s round-the-clock coverage. He has anchored the coverage of every important hurricane in the last seven years from the Atlanta headquarters, including his extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, both on television and online.
Bryan was profiled in the New York Times following his long hours of television coverage of Hurricane Sandy, plus his blog and Facebook posts that provided detailed analysis of the storm threat and criticism of the government’s communications systems. The Times article quotes a Twitter post that describes Bryan as “the most trusted hurricane human on the planet.” His urgent message to Florida residents in advance of Hurricane Matthew posted on YouTube trended number one on Twitter.
Bryan became nationally known after he “talked South Florida through” Hurricane Andrew in 1992. From 1996 through 2008 he was the in-house hurricane analyst for CBS News in New York and anchored the coverage of numerous hurricanes for WFOR-TV, CBS in Miami. Prior to that time, he worked for WTVJ, NBC in Miami, and on NBC News programs from New York including the Today Show.
After Superstorm Sandy, Bryan testified before the New York City Council concerning the city’s threat analysis and communications processes before the storm. After Hurricane Andrew, Bryan was named Expert Advisor to the Academic Task Force on Hurricane Catastrophe Insurance by Florida State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson, and was a member of the Governor’s Committee to evaluate state response and recommend changes to the state emergency management system by Governor Lawton Chiles.
In appreciation for his work before, during and after Hurricane Andrew, Bryan received the 1993 David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication. He was also publicly recognized with designations of Bryan Norcross Days in Miami, Miami Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, among other cities. In addition, he’s the recipient of an Emmy Award from the southeast chapter of the National Association of Arts and Sciences, and the DuPont and Peabody awards, the highest awards given in broadcasting in the United States.
Bryan’s comprehensive hurricane guide called “Hurricane Almanac” was released by St. Martin’s Press in July 2006. The book covers hurricane science, history, preparedness and more. A follow-up edition was released in the spring of 2007.
Bryan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and a Master of Science degree in Communications and Meteorology from Florida State University. In addition Bryan received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Florida International University. Bryan is a long-time resident of Miami Beach.