Communicating the Weather: Using the Press and Social Media to Inform and Save Lives

The NCC Meteorology Club is sponsoring a presentation that will be given by a former NCC student.  Please join us as Chris Vaccaro shares his experiences in communicating the weather to inform and save lives.

Lisa Bastiaans
Department of Physical Sciences

Meteorology Club Advisor


Date:          Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Speaker:   Chris Vaccaro, Public Affairs Director for the National Weather Service, Washington, D.C.

Topic:        Communicating the Weather:  Using the Press and Social Media to Inform and Save Lives

Location:  Nassau Community College,  Cluster F, Room 123


Chris Vaccaro is the Public Affairs Director for the National Weather Service at its headquarters in the Washington, DC area where he leads the development of strategic media-focused communication activities for the agency. Chris has an extensive background in clearly and effectively communicating scientific news and information to the public and the media.


Prior to his role as director, Chris worked at NOAA headquarters in downtown Washington, DC, where he focused on communication campaigns crossing all NOAA subjects, including climate change, satellites, and fisheries.  He also provided press support for the politically-appointed NOAA Administrator.


Chris began his career with NOAA as a public affairs specialist in September 2004, developing strategies that garnered national media coverage for such topics as the Indonesian tsunami, the record-setting 2005 hurricane season, and a variety of national weather awareness weeks. In 2005, Chris earned an award from the National Association of Government Communicators for his work on the press conferences that announced the hurricane season outlook.

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