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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 8:00 am | Updated: 2:04 pm, Wed Feb 26, 2014.

John Scalzi, an award winning Meteorologist, joined ABC 7 in December of 1995. He currently delivers his Suncoast forecast weekday mornings on ABC 7 News at Sunrise and ABC 7 News at Noon.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, Scalzi spent his formative years in Cleveland and his teens in St. Petersburg, attending Seminole High School. Following graduation, Scalzi pursued his two biggest passions: Meteorology and Theater. His early theatrical studies took place in the United States at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and then abroad at Mountainview School of Theater in London.

Following a variety of theater and television work, including the role of magician in Captain Kangaroo, Scalzi's career took its meteorological turn. He received his undergraduate degree in Meteorology at the City University of New York, and immediately began working as a Meteorological Coordinator for WNYW's Good Day New York. Later, Scalzi became the Public Affairs Liaison for the National Weather Service in New York, while simultaneously teaching weather classes at the City College of New York. Scalzi went on to pursue his graduate degree in Meteorology from Florida State University, where he joined Tallahassee's WTXL-TV as the Weekend Meteorologist. At FSU John also taught Meteorology courses and conducted extensive research on Doppler Radar.

Scalzi was delighted to have the opportunity to return home to Florida's west coast and to share his unique talent for reporting the weather while educating viewers at the same time. Says Scalzi, "I not only want to give viewers the information they need, I also want to share my passion for science with young viewers." Scalzi currently resides in Sarasota with his wife Linda. He enjoys gourmet cooking, woodworking, "surfing" the internet, and performing magic.

ABC 7 Meteorologist John Scalzi has been designated a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society.

You can watch John Scalzi and Haley Wielgus weekdays on ABC 7 News at Sunrise and ABC 7 News at Noon.

Email John at jscalzi@mysuncoast.com

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