by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
December 28, 2004
According to sources that spoke on the condition of anonymity, one of the reasons that CN8 did not renew the contract of weather person Robyn Stevens was because she did not complete enough coursework to become a meteorologist.
According to the CN8 web site, Stevens attended Ohio State University where she double-majored in journalism and meteorology. It could not be confirmed by CN8 if she graduated from OSU, which is one of only 20-universities in the country that offers a meteorology degree.
Though one does not have to be a meteorologist to do the weather for television – there are several weather people in this market who are not meteorologists - sources said it was an issue when Stevens’ contract was up in early December.
A few weather casters in town who didn’t major in meteorology in college, such as Karen Rogers of WPVI, Sue Serio of WTXF and Karen Thomas of WTXF have taken correspondence meteorology courses from Mississippi State University.
CN8, which promoted Stevens as a meteorologist said, “CN8 and Robyn have mutually agreed not to renew the contract and are departing amicably.”
Stevens, whose last day on the air at CN8 was December 9, was out of town and could not be reached for comment.
According to the American Meteorological Society, “A meteorologist is an individual with specialized education who uses scientific principles to explain, understand, observe or forecast the earth's atmospheric phenomena and/or how the atmosphere affects the earth and life on the planet. This specialized education would be a bachelor's or higher degree in meteorology, or atmospheric science, consistent with the requirements set forth in "The Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science," Bulletin American Meteorological Society, 1987, Vol. 68, No. 12, p. 1570.
There are some cases where an individual has not obtained a B.S. or higher degree in meteorology, but has met the educational requirements set forth in the American Meteorological Society's Interpretive Memorandum effective June 1990, Article III, Section 4 (C), and has at least three years professional experience in meteorology. Such an individual also can be referred to as a meteorologist.”