Chuck DeBroder Chief Meteorologist
I love to talk and I love weather! So my career as a Television Meteorologist has been a lot more fun than work. I was born during a January snowstorm in Denver, Colorado so I think I was influenced by weather right from the start. Colorado has a wide variety of weather, strong storms, flooding, hail, tornadoes, blizzards; you name it I saw it all growing up! I credit my mom as my biggest influence for getting into my career in Television weather. She watches every weathercast on every channel all night long! She is an expert on the talent and who really knows what they are talking about when it comes to the forecast.
I think one of my kindergarten teachers first saw the value of my gift for talking early on. I was talking during class, which I did daily, when she put me in a room by myself. She gave me a Fisher-Price Microphone and told me to pretend I was on the radio. I thought cool and she came back over an hour later and I was still talking!
I worked college radio as a freshman and won the silver mike broadcasting award that year at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, Colorado. (The school is now called Colorado State University at Pueblo.) I received a double emphasis in both Broadcasting and Public Relations from this college.
I was hired at Adolph Coors Company in a paid internship then as a consultant in Tourism during my senior year. I knew that Corporate Communications was not a career path I would enjoy. So I went back to college to pursue a second degree in Meteorology from Metropolitan State College in Downtown Denver, Colorado.
I loved my studies, but they were much more challenging then my first Liberal Arts degree. I made it through and Fours years later I received my degree
I drove all over the nation looking for and applying for television weather positions. They News directors would all say " You are great! Where are you working now?" and I would reply " I give the best forecast in the world out of my living room in Denver, Colorado!" They would politely thank me and tell me they needed someone with experience. That drove me even more and practice makes perfect, I was hired finally by the NBC affiliate in Lubbock, Texas. I moved down there and the News Director told me he was leaving and that I did not have the fill in job he had promised. I went to work at Chili's where I worked during school until I was finally hired by the same station KCBD NewsChannel 11, NBC Lubbock, Texas.
I made more money as a waiter so I waited tables during the week, and then did weekend weather. I worked there for a year and 8 months when KTSM, NewsChannel 9, NBC El Paso called and hired me full time on May 29th, 1995.
I did both weekend and morning weather until early 1999 when I was moved up to the main weekday position and I have been here ever since!
I love the people here in El Paso and across the Borderland the most! The Mexican food and culture is amazing as well! I was the Ciudad Juarez Weather Service for 2 years just before, during and after the big August 2006 Floods. I have helped as a consultant for international emergency projects, I speak to schools, civic groups, emceed numerous events, judged chili cook offs, comedians, etc... and all this still is very fun and rewarding.
When I get time off I still forecast, it is in my blood, and I get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful desert and climate. I am a very lucky and happy person!