WRAL meteorologist and executive producer Nate Johnson will be leaving next month to take a position with NBCUniversal.
Johnson, who has worked at WRAL since 2007, confirmed the news Monday on Twitter, responding to a tweet from Hartford, Conn., meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan congratulating Johnson on his job as “Director of Weather Operations for the NBCU Owned Television Stations.”
Johnson retweeted Hanrahan adding: “A little personal news... I’m excited to be joining the NBC family next month! Thankful & blessed for my time & friendships at WRAL”
WRAL is the local NBC affiliate.
Johnson later posted on his Facebook page:
“I have accepted the position of Director of Weather Operations with the NBC Owned Television Stations group, effective mid-November. In this newly-created position, I’ll be working with all of the NBC/Telemundo-owned stations on their weather offerings, including graphics, data, radars, modeling, and whatever else comes up to help them serve their viewers. I will be based in Raleigh but will be on the road a bit more as the new role unfolds. As the song goes, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”, and this means I will be leaving WRAL. It has been a privilege to have been a part of the Big 5 for a decade and to have had the opportunity to serve our viewers, web readers, and app users during that time. I will leave with an immense amount of gratitude for my time here, the friends I have made, and the things we have done together.”
Johnson is a Winston-Salem native who has multiple degrees from N.C. State University, where he has also been a guest lecturer.
Johnson has won a number of awards while at WRAL, including a 2016 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for the documentary “O-Fishel Quest: Exploring Climate Change,” and a 2014 Regional Emmy Award for Best Weekend Newscast.