Meteorologist Steve Newman rejoined the WWSB weather team after more than three decades of on-air experience elsewhere across the country.

Steve was ABC 7’s second weathercaster, when the station was known as WXLT-TV Channel 40.  He was also the first voice ever heard on the station when it initially signed on back on Oct. 23, 1971.

Newman left three years later to become an on-air meteorologist and environmental journalist at WLS-TV in Chicago, WFAA in Dallas and all San Francisco Bay Area network affiliates.

Before returning to his hometown of Sarasota three years ago, Steve was an environmental correspondent for ABC News and the Discovery Channel. He was also a frequent expert contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America during El Niño and La Niño outbreaks.

Newman is designated a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society. In addition to his TV career, Steve owned and operated San Francisco-based Earth Environment Service, which for more than 20 years provided weather forecasts and data to agriculture, insurance, industry and media interests worldwide.

His syndicated newspaper column Earthweek - A Diary of the Planet appeared for more than two decades in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, and is still published in dozens of newspapers worldwide.

Newman provides on-air backup to meteorologists Bob Harrigan and John Scalzi, and to weathercaster Wendy Ross.

Steve grew up on Lido Key and is a graduate of Sarasota High School. He’s an instrument-rated pilot and has traveled extensively.