COLUMBUS, Ohio — He's a familiar face to many in central Ohio, but as Doppler 10 Chief Meteorologist Jerry Martz makes his 10TV News debut this week, he took the time to answer 10 questions that will help you get to know him even better.
10 Questions with Jerry Martz
What made you want to be a meteorologist?
Fear, for when I was very young, I cleaned out my toy chest and climbed in with some Cheerios to 'stay safe' from thunderstorms. Then curiosity as I grew older, seeking to figure out what caused the storms. Eventually, I ended up at Penn State studying meteorology.
What is your favorite weather/season?
Fall - hands down. Unfortunately, it seems like it's the shortest season of all in central Ohio.
What are you most excited for at 10TV?
Joining the 10TV family and leading the weather team!
Favorite place in Central Ohio?
Highbanks Metro Park.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Celebrating my 30th anniversary with my wife and best friend in 2022.
What are your hobbies?
Golfing, kayaking and exercising in general.
Favorite sports teams?
Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions (and of course Ohio State when they aren't playing Penn State!)
What is your favorite family tradition?
What is your favorite way to spend time outside work?
With my family and friends, especially if it involves being outdoors.
The best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Do What You Say You Will Do (DWYSYWD).
Viewers can see him weekdays at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and streaming on 10TV+ for the day’s Doppler 10 forecast.
Jerry previously spent more than six years as a Chief Meteorologist before he made a shift over to The Weather Company, where he helped TV stations across the country embrace new weather technologies to reach their audience. Earlier in his career, Jerry taught ‘Introductory Meteorology’ at Pennsylvania State University along with being a Broadcast Meteorologist at WTAE-TV. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and is a trained Skywarn observer.
His commitment to serving the community extends beyond providing advance notice on weather. Jerry is an Eagle Scout, Weather Merit Badge counselor and previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Canine Collective in Central Ohio.