About the Hosts

BRIAN MACMILLAN

Brian MacMillan is a meteorologist for FOX 12’s Good Day Oregon and a reporter weeknights.  Brian won the 2010 Oregon Associated Press First Place award for “Best Weathercast.”

Brian joined the FOX 12 team in August of 2009.  He grew up north of Seattle and always loved the weather and news.  His television career started back in high school, where he covered several stories for CNN’s Student Bureau, including the WTO riots in Seattle.  From there, Brian graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication and the Honors College at Washington State University.  He enjoyed some great years of WSU football while he was there, taking road trips to Auburn, Alabama and the Rose Bowl.

Brian has his Broadcast Meteorology Certification from Mississippi State University.  Brian came to the Rose City from Bend, Oregon, where he was part of the inaugural team at KOHD, the new ABC affiliate.  You can catch Brian around town taking in a Blazers or Timbers game, enjoying Portland’s great restaurants and theater, or trying to find his ball on the golf course.

MARK NELSEN

Mark is the Chief Meteorologist for KPTV-FOX 12.  A native of the Northwest, Mark has lived most of his life within a two-hour drive of Portland.  Raised in Hood River, Mt. Angel, and Chehalis, Wash., Mark always had an interest in weather, especially after the destructive windstorm here in November 1981.

After completing high school in 1987, Mark headed to the University of Washington to complete a bachelor’s of science degree in atmospheric science.  After a short stint at a small local forecasting company, Mark was hired by KOIN-TV in Portland for weekend weather duties.  While forecasting at KOIN, Mark also was seen on FOX News At Ten. In October 2000, Mark joined FOX 49 as chief meteorologist, and then became chief meteorologist at KPTV.

Mark recently earned the title of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) from the American Meteorological Society, or AMS, becoming only the seventh meteorologist in the country and the first in the Northwest to achieve this distinction.  To earn the title of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, a broadcaster must hold a degree in meteorology or equivalent from a college or university, have their weathercasts evaluated by the AMS, and pass a rigorous academic exam.  Mark is also one of 12 members nationwide serving on the AMS Board of Broadcast Meteorology for 2005-2007.  He is responsible for evaluating candidates for the AMS Seal of Approval and CBM certifications.

Mark was awarded Oregon’s Best Weathercast from the Associated Press in 1996, 2004, and 2006. He was also nominated for an Emmy award in 2007.

Mark loves rough weather, and lives in the west end of the Columbia Gorge for that reason.  His favorite weather pattern? A good Northwest snowstorm of course.  Mark is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys hiking, bicycling, mountain climbing, or any activity outside.  Mark is married, with two children and one dog.

How about an interesting fact about Mark?  He was big into ducks & pigeons as a kid, and drove his parents nuts!

5 Responses to About the Hosts

  1. Gregory Carich says:

    Mark:

    I recently moved back to PDX from the UK and am enjoying watching you again, even though it isn’t like BBC WEA. (Sorry, I’m even more blunter now that I’ve lived with the Brits.)

    At any rate, tonight you said it’s the Full Hunter’s Moon. Nope. That was last month. November’s full moon is the Full Beaver Moon. Don’t believe me? Go to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

    Cheers,

    Gregory Carich

  2. Diana Maixner says:

    A while back (probably about a month ago) the evening newscasters commented on your brilliant ability to fix a slow running “high speed” internet for those of us at home paying for “High Speed” but getting “SLOW SPEED”….can you still help with that? A specific process you used for this purpose was mentioned, without the details, but with advise to connect with you for help. Do you know what I am referencing? I would sure appreciate any advise you might be able to assist me with. Thank you so much, Diana

  3. Dol Williams says:

    I don’t know if you will answer my question because it is not a weather question. I love the quality of the shirts you wear and would like to know who makes them or where they could be purchased. Dol Williams

  4. Mike Eberhardt says:

    Brian,was that you in Home Depot today,or did I confuse a look alike with a “how’s the weather “comment?

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