“I’ve reported on hurricanes in Miami, extreme temperatures in Philadelphia and rainy conditions in the Northwest,” Deanno says. “The beauty of being here in the Bay Area is that we get to experience a very diverse climate. I don’t believe there’s any place like it.”
Over his 17-year career, Deanno has reported on many facets of the environment and weather technology.
He has hiked into remote parts of Glacier National Park to report on the effects of global warming, flown with the Hurricane Hunters to see how they gather information on tropical systems and explored the Navy’s legendary USS Enterprise to examine how the military forecasts weather.
While earning a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University, Deanno worked as a photographer at a television station in Utica, New York. When his work was done, he volunteered to write and report stories. That experience led him to reporting and anchor jobs in Medford, Oregon, and Spokane, Washington. When a weather anchor called in sick, he was asked to do the weather. He hasn’t looked back since.
After receiving his Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, Deanno worked in San Antonio and Philadelphia before heading to the NBC-owned station
in Miami as Chief Meteorologist.
During his time with NBC, he was a regular fill-in on The Today Show in New York City. He also provided hurricane coverage for NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel.
In 2009, Deanno moved to Seattle to join ABC affiliate KOMO as weekday morning meteorologist. There, he also garnered the attention of New York network producers and was invited to serve as a fill-in weather anchor on Good Morning America.
In 2010, Deanno won the Emmy Award for Best Weathercast in the Northwest Region. He’s also won Emmy Awards for Best Weathercast (Mid-Atlantic Region) and Best Host of an Environment Special Report (“Preparing For The Storm”).
Deanno is a member of both the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association and holds both Broadcast Seals of Approval.
“I try to go beyond the forecast,” Deanno says. “The biggest compliment is when viewers tell me they understood the weather. They know what to expect and how to prepare for their week.”
Deanno met his wife, Suzanne, while reporting a story in Spokane.
“The only way I could work up the nerve to ask her out was to interview her for a story.”
They are raising their two young sons in the East Bay.
As Chief Meteorologist for CBS 5 Eyewitness News, Deanno delivers the weather weeknights at 5, 6, 10 (on the CW 44/Cable 12) and 11pm.
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