Jeff's career in meteorology started in the U.S. Air Force. As a military weather guy for 10 years, he was hand-picked to provide forecasts during high-level visits from members of Congress, the Secretary of Defense, and the President of the U.S. His tour in the Air Force allowed him to get real familiar with the southern climates where he was stationed in Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He then spent 3 years forecasting at the base of the Alps in Italy. Jeff was also the recipient of the highest honor in Airman Leadership School, the coveted John Levitow Award.
Jeff's last stop in the Air Force in Louisiana led to his first TV job at KALB in Alexandria. It was not a pretty transition, but it eventually led to a full-time gig in Bismarck, ND (still thawing out from that one). After that it was Chief Meteorologist titles in Abilene, TX and Toledo,OH. In 2002 and 2004, he and his Fox Toledo News Team won regional Emmy Awards for Best Local Newscast.
Jeff recently developed an educational program for local Oklahoma schools called Future Forecasters. His weather team makes soaking up the science of meteorology and breaking down weather safety a blast. Also as a bonus, each child and teacher receives a DVD entitled "Your Severe Weather Safety Plan: Protect Your Home & Family" written and produced by Jeff and his FOX 25 Weather Team. The DVD also includes easy, fun experiments by Mad Science and a special certificate.
On top of his passion for keeping Oklahoma as safe as possible during extreme weather, Jeff has many other community projects going on. In 2013, Jeff co-founded the non-profits B.O.O.S.T. (Bullyproof Our Oklahoma Schools Today) and OK Bikes 4 Kids.
B.O.O.S.T. Oklahoma is the catalyst for coming together to prevent bullying in our OK Schools. It's mission is to create a climate where our children are allowed to celebrate their youth by not being bullied, judged, or afraid to express themselves. Children will feel SAFER, Strong Accepted Fearless Equal Respected...inside and outside their classrooms. B.O.O.S.T. is also a strategic partner of I.M.C.I (It's My Community Initiative) who develops and expands efforts to strengthen communities by building strong, healthy families.
OK Bikes 4 Kids mission is to get every boy and girl in-need a bicycle to love and care for. The power of a bicycle has so much more than meets the eye. It reaches the hearts of our children, puts a smile on their face, and changes their lives in so many ways. Boys and girls in-need up to the age of 18 never have, and never will be turned away. On top of that, he is currently the local media rep for Together We Rise, which is a foundation that raises money to provide bicycles for foster boys and girls.
Jeff also volunteers at The Children's Center in Bethany. In 2011, he created and marketed a cookbook with all proceeds benefiting the hospital. The cookbook is titled, Firehouse Favorites: 100 Recipes to Heat Up Your Kitchen and Warm Your Heart. It features original recipes submitted by firefighters from across Oklahoma, along with artwork from TCCs children. The book can be purchased on this very website by going to: http://www.okcfox.com/sections/community/features/firehouse/
Jeff is an Executive Member of the Beef 4 Battle Foundation which is a coalition of Oklahoma farmers and ranchers organized for the purpose of donating locally processed beef sticks to Oklahoma troops serving in Afghanistan. He is in charge of the fundraising efforts to ensure our soldiers are supplemented with this extra nutritional boost as they defend us in the field.
Jeff continues to be the spokesman and host for all local MDA events and annually emcees fund raisers for JDRF, Easter Seals, the Special Olympics, the Children's Miracle Network, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Other than working, getting involved in the community, and exercising "occasionally", he spends most of his time with wife, Angela, and getting dirty with his two boys, Ethan and Jack. You can watch Jeff weekdays from 5-10 AM on the FOX 25 Morning News and Good Day Oklahoma.