WPXI-TV names Valerie Smock as new meteorologist
By Rex Rutkoski
Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 3:54 p.m.
The announcement Oct. 31 that meteorologist Valerie Smock will join WPXI-TV's full-time staff in December ends an almost 10-month search to fill the position.
“We look for a lot in a meteorologist, which is why the search (to replace Mike LaPoint, who left in January) took so long. We wanted to make sure we got this right,” news director Mike Oliveira says. “Weather is the most important service we provide our viewers. Our meteorologists know that and work to make that service valuable.”
Raised in Ohio, Smock, a Kent State University graduate, who is a member of the Air Force Reserves, has been with AccuWeather in State College, Pa., since 2010.
“From the start, we recognized Valerie's ability to forecast and communicate the weather story on air. When we got to know her work ethic and her personality, we knew she'll be a great fit,” Oliveira says.
She has worked in her field in Toledo, Youngstown and Great Falls, Mont., and has served as a public affairs specialist in the Air Force Reserves and a military police officer in the Ohio National Guard.
“When I heard about the chance to be part of such a wonderful organization, I had to jump at the opportunity,” Smock says. “I am looking forward to living in Pittsburgh and seeing all that the city has to offer, as well as being involved with such a great community.”
Oliveira, who says the station sought “a great communicator who can tell the weather story in a way that's relevant and useful to the viewer,” says her full-time shift is still to be determined. “The first step was finding someone who'd be a great fit for this team,” he said. “We're glad we finally did.”
Rex Rutkoski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4664.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Obama losing close adviser to end 9 years of service
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- Ex-Colts executive Polian: Approach free agency with caution
- IUP students have raucous early St. Patrick’s Day celebration
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- Pirates’ big risk with pitch-heavy draft focus might soon pay off
- Paulk: Dixon eyes Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 double
- Los Angeles gangsters on Syria’s battlefield a rarity, experts assure
- Steelers defense doesn’t make the grade in 2013 review
- Pitt rallies in final seconds of regulation en route to OT win at Clemson
- Ukrainians steel to resist Russian aggression