Columbia, SC (WLTX) WLTX Chief Meteorologist Jim Gandy was honored by the South Carolina Sierra Club as the 2013 Media Person of the Year Monday night.
The chapter highlighted the importance of Jim's work not only as a meteorologist here in the Midlands but also for his work to help educate people about the impact of local and global climate change.
In 2010 Jim partnered with the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and Climate Central to develop a program called Climate Matters. The program is presented during the weathercasts to explain how and why our climate is changing.
Said Jim of the Sierra club honor, " I am honored and gratified that my work has received this award."
Jim also received the 2013 Award for Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist for Climate Matters. In addition, Climate Matters has its own webpage on the WLTX website. Jim started a blog to write about weather and climate which has the original title of Weather and Climate Matter. The blog is viewed worldwide and attempts to make weather and climate understandable.
In 1998, Jim joined Gannett Television, where he worked as a meteorological consultant with the weather staffs of the company's 22-station broadcast group.
Gandy is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the Planetary Society. In an effort to bring the science of meteorology to schools, Jim has taught a course called Weather Science for Teachers through the Center for Science Education at the University of South Carolina.