Meet James Spann

James has served as the Chief Meteorologist for ABC 33/40 for 24 years, and can be seen weeknights at 4, 5, 6, and 10 o’clock. In all, James has been a television weather anchor for 43 years.

James has received the two highest awards in the nation for a broadcast meteorologist.

One is national “Broadcaster of the Year” by the National Weather Association. According to the NWA, James was selected to receive the award “For his passionate dedication to serving the Central Alabama community with critical weather information for over thirty years, especially during the deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.”

James also was the winner of the AMS (American Meteorological Society) “Award for Broadcast Meteorology”. The AMS stated he was the winner in part because of “his tireless efforts to advance the public’s awareness of and engagement in the science of meteorology, particularly severe weather forecasting and response”.

Emmy AwardJames has earned multiple Emmy awards over the years. He was elected to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle, representing outstanding achievement spanning at least 25 years in the broadcast industry with a proven record of mentoring and community involvement.

James was one of the first weather anchors in the nation to earn “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” status from the American Meteorological Society. To earn the CBM, broadcasters must hold a degree in meteorology or equivalent from an accredited college or university, pass a rigorous written examination, and have their on-air work reviewed to assess technical competence, informational value, explanatory value, and communication skills. He also has been awarded the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association and holds a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.

The University of West Alabama conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree to James in 2013.

James has been inducted into the Theta Tau professional engineering fraternity Alumni Hall of Fame, and the University of Alabama School of Communication Hall of Fame.

James is on the steering committee of The Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast (VORTEX-SE), which brings together meteorologists, researchers and social scientists to collaborate on a research program looking at the storms and conditions that produce tornadoes in the U.S. Southeast.

James is the Chairman of the Board of Grandview Medical Center, and is a member of the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Board of Visitors.

James and his wife Karen have been married for 40 years, and they have two sons. James leads Children’s Worship every Sunday at Double Oak Community Church in Mount Laurel.

In his spare time, James enjoys tennis and amateur radio. He earned his first ham radio license at the age of 14, and holds an extra class license.


James Spann Chief Meteorologist for ABC 33/40

James Spann, Chief Meteorologist - ABC 33/40