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On the Job

Doyle Rice

USA TODAY Weather Editor

Doyle Rice is the USA TODAY weather editor, which is considered the pioneer in newspaper-based weather journalism. Doyle took over the role of editor from USA TODAY founding weather editor Jack Williams in 2004 after working as the editor of Weatherwise magazine.

How did you get your start in weather journalism?

My first job was with Weatherwise magazine. I was hired as the assistant editor under Jeff Rosenfeld [the current editor of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society] in 1996—over 20 years ago now. I had been working at a local paper in Massachusetts and had a couple different jobs at nonprofits and at the Smithsonian, and that's how I got my “in” when I applied for the job at Weatherwise. I have no training in meteorology, other than what I've picked up by osmosis over the last 20 years. I became immersed in the field of meteorology and got to know the lay of the land, and got to know who the experts were and who to go to for accuracy. 

 

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