Nominated for: BEST Meteorologist
Harvey Leonard is WCVB-TV Channel 5?s chief meteorologist. He joined the station in 2002 as Storm Team 5?s co-chief meteorologist with his longtime friend Dick Albert, who retired in 2009. Leonard forecasts for NewsCenter 5?s early evening and late newscasts, as well as the station?s website, TheBostonChannel.com.
Prior to joining WCVB, Leonard served as chief meteorologist for WHDH-TV from May 1977 to April 2002. He also served as chief meteorologist at WPRI-TV in Providence, RI. Leonard began his forecasting career as a meteorologist for Universal Weather Services, Inc, preparing forecasts for aviation and industry.
Widely regarded as Boston?s top meteorologists, Leonard and Albert were honored by the Associated Press in 2005 for Best Weathercast in New England. In 2003, Leonard was recognized with the Silver Circle Award from NATSNE (National Academy of Arts and Sciences New England Chapter) for more than twenty-five years of broadcast excellence. He was the 1999 winner of the prestigious ?Award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist? from the American Meteorological Society. In addition, Leonard earned two New England Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement in television weathercasting, and he has been named ?Best Meteorologist? by Boston Magazine in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1994 and has been dubbed the Hub?s ?favorite forecaster? by the Improper Bostonian. Recently, Leonard was named as a fellow of the American Meteorologist Society. Leonard is credited as the first meteorologist to correctly predict the impact and intensity of the Blizzard of ?78.
Leonard is actively involved in numerous local organizations including the Huntington?s Disease Society of America, for which he participates in seven annual fundraisers to help find a cure while providing support and services for those living with the disease and their families. Leonard also lends his support to Boston Medical Center, the primary teaching affiliate for the Boston University School of Medicine. Additionally, he is a regular speaker at educational seminars held by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association and an avid supporter of the Blue Hill Weather Observatory. In Leonard has also served as an honored guest speaker at Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Over the years, Leonard has visited and spoken to hundreds of school and adult groups. He has been a mentor to numerous aspiring meteorologists and today more than a dozen of his protege serve as on-air meteorologists in markets across the country.
Leonard received a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from City College of New York and earned a Master of Science degree in meteorology from New York University, where he also served as an instructor in meteorology.
Leonard is an avid tennis player and enjoys hiking trails, particularly around Walden Pond and Woods Hole. He currently resides in Natick, MA, with his wife. They are the proud parents of two daughters and a granddaughter.
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