Johnson, Nate

Johnson, Nate

Director of Weather Operations at NBCUniveral Owned TV Stations

Nate Johnson is Director of Weather Operations for NBCUniversal’s Owned TV Stations Group. In this role, he works across the group’s 42 stations, both English and Spanish-language, to ensure their weather teams have the tools, techniques, and training to serve their communities with the best weather forecasts possible. He also works with the group’s technology, operations, and digital teams as a weather subject matter expert on app development and other key projects.

Previously, Johnson worked at WRAL-TV in Raleigh NC for a decade as a meteorologist and executive producer. His primary responsibility was collaborating with the meteorologists and other station staff to make sure that the station presented weather information in a way that was interesting, informative, and understandable on TV, on the web, in apps, and on social media.

This built upon work Johnson did at Baron Services in Huntsville AL that was centered around developing products designed to enable people to quickly assess the weather and make informed decisions without needing to be a meteorologist themselves. He also conducted research, provided technical support, and trained clients on Baron products, including dual-polarization radar.

Johnson began his career as a meteorologist (and eventually, chief meteorologist) at KTXS-TV in Abilene TX. Over six years, he covered countless severe storms, floods, winter weather, and even the occasional hurricane or tropical storm.

Johnson holds bachelor’s degrees in Meteorology and Computer Science and a master’s degree in Communication, all from NC State University in Raleigh, where he also teaches a broadcast meteorology course and provides on-site weather support for home football games and other events.  He is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and has earned the National Weather Association’s (NWA) Seal of Approval.  Last fall, he was elected to be the NWA’s president in 2021.