Joined KDKA: April 1996
Alma Mater: High School – Quigley Catholic, College – Allegheny College
Music: Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi
Movie: “Rocky 2”, “A Few Good Men”, “Gladiator”, “Wedding Crashers”
TV Show: “The Walking Dead”
Book: Right now, I only read books to/with my sons.
Hobbies: Fitness Training, especially running and boxing. Skiing. Scuba Diving. Playing hockey and baseball with my boys.
Sports Team: Penguins, Steelers, Pirates and, surprisingly, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan which started when I was a kid.
Food: Pizza, my favorite is Police Station pizza in Ambridge, but I will eat it from anywhere.
Local Restaurant: I usually eat where ever there is a great kids’ menu.
Hidden PA Gem: Punxsutawney and The Weather Discovery Center
Sport/Exercise: Baseball, Hockey, Boxing
Historical Figure: Jesus Christ
Favorite Pennsylvanian: Besides my family, I have an appreciation for the original motion picture Batman, Michael Keaton.
Quote: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” –Mark Twain
Vacation Spot: Watercolor, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona
Holiday: Christmas and Halloween (Have you seen my pumpkin suit?)
Guilty Pleasure: I drink a non-fat, light whip mocha from Starbucks…every single day.
THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Pearl Jam
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Who cares?
Morning Person or Night Person? Both
||Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla joined KDKA-TV in April of 1996 and has been bringing viewers his local forecast ever since. Jeff can be seen delivering his forecasts weeknights on KDKA-TV News at Four, Five, Six and Eleven and on the Ten O’Clock News on Pittsburgh’s CW!
Like many weather enthusiasts, Jeff is very passionate about the weather and has a great respect for it. “My job is to inform the people of my hometown about the potential impact of a weather situation, so they can take the necessary steps to protect their property and, more importantly, their lives.”
Jeff is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association and the International Association of Broadcast Meteorologists. In February 2008, he was inducted into the National Meteorologist Hall of Fame in Punxsutawney, Pa. He also serves as a trained weather spotter for the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service.
When he’s not watching the sky or tracking the next approaching storm system, Jeff can be found talking about it with area elementary students. Every year the Weather Classroom hits the road to educate kids about some of the basics of weather and forecasting.
Here in Pittsburgh, Jeff began his broadcasting career on the radio at WVTY-FM (Variety 96) and WRRK-FM (Magic 97) where he was an on-air personality and morning show producer.
He came to KDKA-TV from KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas, where he forecast the weather for the morning and noon broadcasts. While in Texas, Jeff received great on-the-job severe weather training. He covered numerous hurricanes and also chased countless “Texas-sized” super cells every spring.
Born and raised in Sewickley, Jeff attended Quigley High School in Baden, PA and graduated as an Alden Scholar from Allegheny College in Meadville with a degree in Broadcast Communications and English. He received his degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Depending on the season, you can find Jeff doing a variety of different things outdoors. In the winter, he enjoys lots of powdery snow, a steep hill and freshly waxed skis. In the summer, you’ll find him ‘trying’ to stretch a double into a triple in his weekend softball league. And, any time of year, Jeff likes to head below sea level for scuba diving with sharks. Jeff, his wife Shelly and their sons Alexander and Carson live in the Wexford area.