Jerry Martz Named WBNS Columbus Chief Meteorologist

Jerry Martz has joined WBNS Columbus as chief meteorologist. The weather team is known as Doppler 10 and the station is known as 10TV.

Jerry Martz, incoming chief meteorologist at WBNS Columbus

Jerry Martz (Image credit: WBNS)

"We know that timely weather is an important part of everyone’s day, which is why it was very important for us to find the best," said WBNS President and General Manager John Cardenas. "Jerry excels in accurate forecasting and scientific understanding of Ohio weather with a focus on keeping our audiences informed and safe."

Tegna owns WBNS, which operates in DMA No. 32.

Based in Columbus, Martz has been at The Weather Co. for 10 years as an account executive and certified meteorologist. WBNS said he "helped TV stations across the country embrace new weather technologies to reach their audience." Before that, he was chief meteorologist at WSYX-WTTE Columbus.

He starts at WBNS in January and will be on the weekday 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. He succeeds Ashlee Baracy as chief meteorologist. 

"I’m really looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and getting to work," Martz said. "I am very focused on providing information that is relevant and helps people plan their lives." ■

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.