Paul Heggen joined CBS17 in November 2017, but he’s been fascinated with the weather since childhood — at the age of 4, he witnessed lightning strike a neighbor’s house, and in kindergarten, a tornado skirted the town where his family lived. Some kids would be scared of thunderstorms after those experiences…instead, they sparked a fascination with weather, and he’s studied it ever since.
Paul grew up in South St. Paul, Minnesota but since graduating from high school he’s moved all around the country. He attended the University of Denver and earned a bachelor’s degree in geography, performing research into the effects of El Nino on weather patterns in the Rocky Mountains.
After graduating, Paul earned a master’s degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University — his graduate school research focused on lightning patterns within severe and tornadic thunderstorms, a course of study that helped prepare him for forecasting the weather in some of the most challenging markets in the country.
Paul has covered everything from tropical storms along the Gulf Coast to blizzards in the Upper Midwest to tornado outbreaks in the Southern Plains, and now hurricanes in North Carolina. For his work during Hurricane Florence, he was named “Weathercaster of the Year” by the Radio, Television and Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
Before coming to the Triangle, Paul spent 8 years at WSMV in Nashville, Tennessee. Previous to that, he worked for stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Huntington, West Virginia, Duluth, Minnesota, and Beaumont, Texas.
He holds the American Meteorological Society’s “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” seal of approval.
Paul is a six-time Emmy Award winner, and he’s also won multiple Best Weathercast and Best Weather Anchor awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Just before leaving Nashville, he was voted Best Weatherperson and Best Local Blog by the readers of the Tennessean newspaper.
Paul and his wife are devoted dog lovers. They have two rescue pups, Scooter and Dagny. Dagny is the CBS 17 “Weather Dog” — she appears on CBS 17 News This Morning on Fridays, from 6:30-7:00. She also has a loyal social media following on Facebook and Instagram