Senior Meteorologist Fred Campagna joined Storm Team 8 in September, 2015.
A native of Bristol, RI, Fred previously worked in Providence (WLNE) and Boston (WFXT). He was the first Southern New England meteorologist to earn the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist distinction from the American Meteorological Society. Fred has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, and, more importantly, a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
Fred and his wife have three children. When he’s not watching the weather like a hawk, Fred enjoys spending time with his family, running, reading and staying ahead of the technology curve.
8 Things you didn’t know about Fred Campagna
Favorite memory / story from working as a meteorologist?
My favorite winter storm was the Blizzard of January 2005. It was the first massive snowstorm that I covered in Providence. We pulled an all-nighter at WLNE and actually shot a promo outside at the height of the storm. Sandy is a close second because of the forecast accuracy and build-up to such a rare and powerful storm. Then there was the February 2013 blizzard with tons of thundersnow. I could go on for a while…
What inspired you to work in television weather?
I first became hooked on the weather during the Blizzard of 1978 when I was just five years old. I spent way too much time watching The Weather Channel as a teenager!
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
I’m new to the area and can’t wait to sample everything the Elm City has to offer. I hear the pizza’s not bad.
Who is your favorite musician/ band and/or best concert you ever been to?
Bruce Springsteen. Saw him in 2009. We still tease my son (then 8 years old) about sleeping through Born to Run.
What’s the best dish you can make?
I make something that my kids call “Dad Dinner”, which I guess is palatable. It’s basically chicken, broccoli or asparagus, black olives, garlic and oil over penne. Occasionally, I’ll throw some anchovies in, but don’t tell my wife and kids that. My wife, mother, and brothers are all excellent cooks, so I don’t even try to compete!
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
That’s a tough one to nail down, so I’ll just say western Europe…a month touring England, France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy should cover it.
What’s something you don’t know about me?
I like to run, and occasionally I’ll challenge myself. I completed the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge in 2011 at Walt Disney World. It’s a half-marathon on Saturday followed by a full marathon on Sunday. I ran with Team in Training in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings, I ran at least 4.15 miles for 264 straight days to honor those hurt and killed in the attacks.
What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
Jack of all trades, master of none…I have played in soccer leagues consistently since I was a kid. I play the piano. I have been a web designer for more than 15 years. I even did some woodworking back in the day.