Nick Johnston is very excited to be joining News 10 ABC in Albany, NY where he was born and raised. His first experience at WTEN was a two week internship when he was in high school at Guilderland, running the teleprompter and making beat calls.
Growing up in Albany at age 5, Nick witnessed the destruction caused by the massive early season snowstorm of 1987, which buried the Capital Region with up to two feet of cement-like snow in early October. The fact that the air around us could come together with the right ingredients and shut down a city, left a big impression.
Nick earned his degree in meteorology from SUNY Brockport in 2004. He earned a diploma from the New School of Radio and Television in Albany in 2006. Then he jumped right into television in April of 2006 in Wichita Falls, TX at KAUZ. After a few months as the weekend meteorologist, Nick moved to the morning position which he very much enjoyed. It was there where Nick got to fulfill a lifelong dream of not only storm chasing, but seeing a live tornado.
His next move was to WFFF/WVNY in Burlington, VT in August of 2007. In August of 2008, Nick helped design and launch the morning show, where he worked for a year and a half. In December of 2009, Nick was selected to lead the weather team at WFFF/WVNY, and moved to covering the weather for the nightly news in Burlington.
There Nick got to cover Burlington’s snowiest winter on record, the largest single snowstorm on record, and the historic flooding of Lake Champlain.
Then in August of 2011 tropical storm Irene slammed the East Coast. He and his photographer covered the devastating flooding in Rutland, VT for 25 hours straight.
In October of 2011, Nick earned the American Meteorological Society’s CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist), and remains a full and active member of the AMS.
After almost 5 years in Burlington, Nick moved to WRGB back in Albany, and was thrilled to be back in his home town. He did weather in the mornings and at noon there for 3 years, before moving across town to WTEN.
Nick’s love of nature goes far beyond covering the weather. In the summer, he can be found hiking in the Adirondacks, Green Mountains, or Catskills, or kayaking on one of the many beautiful lakes and rivers of the area. In the winter, Nick loves to snowboard, and still thinks sledding is a blast. Camping is something Nick enjoys year round, even in the dead of Winter, and he loves firing up the grill as often as possible, and trying new BBQ recipes.
Nick enjoys being active in the community, especially doing school visits to talk about weather. If you would like to schedule a school visit with Nick (or ask a weather related question), just send him an email at NJohnston@news10.com