Weather Watch 4 chief meteorologist Mike Harvey anchors the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WTAE Channel 4 Action News.
Harvey won an Emmy award for weathercasting excellence as top weathercaster in the region and captured a best newscast Emmy for "Eye on the storm" during severe weather coverage. He was also chosen as "Weathercaster of the Year" by the Associated Press.
Harvey is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society and holds both Seals of Approval. He received the CBM designation from the American Meteorological Society, the highest certification given by the organization.
Previous broadcast television experiences have taken him from the snows, bitter wind chills and tornadoes of the Northern Plains to the persistent drizzle of the Pacific Northwest to the humidity and hurricanes of South Carolina and Virginia and to the deserts, monsoons and mountains of the desert Southwest.
"I have seen just about every type of weather event in my meteorological travels across our great country," said Harvey, who has been a chief meteorologist in Portland, Ore., Greenville, S.C., Phoenix and Norfolk, Va.
Harvey spent 4 1/2 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a navigator (quartermaster) patrolling the Caribbean to the Great Lakes. He received three meritorious commendations for his work during drug patrols in the Caribbean, flooding in the Great Lakes and Green Peace protests in Washington State.
Harvey majored in aerospace science at Metropolitan State College in Denver. After completion of college and prior to his days on television, he worked for the Jeppesen/Boeing Aviation Corporation in Denver. He is certified in broadcast meteorology with meteorological education from Mississippi State University.
"The best part of my job is when I get out speaking to kids during my school visits," Harvey said. "I really enjoy the enthusiasm the kids have for weather. I love forecasting the weather. I enjoy the fact that there is a brand new weather story to tell each and every day."
Travel, sports and outdoor activities -- including skiing -- are among his pastimes. He played rugby for 10 years and still gets in an occasional game. Today, he spends much of his free time chasing his kids around, attending youth sports events and school functions. He has two sons and a daughter, along with a lovely wife, Karen.