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Ron Riley

Wednesday - 7/6/2011, 3:08pm  ET

Ron Riley has been a member of Washington/Baltimore media since 1971 when he came East from his home town Chicago. His career path has been rewarding and working at WTOP is a definite high point.

Ron attended the University of Wisconsin studying Broadcast Journalism, then served on active duty in the Navy handing communications for a 6th Fleet Destroyer Division.

After discharge he moved forward on a media career, cutting his teeth at several radio stations in the Midwest - finally landing a "dream job" at legendary rock station WLS Chicago where he was a high profile radio personality throughout the 1960's.

Having always been a "weather groupie", Ron's first brush with actual Broadcast Meteorology was in Baltimore where he was a weather anchor with Channels 13 and 2 - later freelancing in Washington at Fox5 and NBC4 before signing on to do morning weather on News Channel 8 - part of the ABC7 family - where he remained a mainstay for 15 years. During that time he earned the National Weather Association's (NWA) TV Broadcast Seal of Approval and in 2001 was elected into the prestigious "Silver Circle" by the DC Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)

When Ron decided to retire late in 2008, Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill offered him a great opportunity to work part time reporting ABC7 weather for WTOP. Ron and his wife Linda enjoy their home in Maryland, the outdoors and gardening, 5 cats and 5 grandkids - plus innovative cooking and kumbayah with social friends blended with a little travel now and then. He is big NFL fan with split allegiance to the Skins, Ravens and Packers, does the health club acouple times a week, is an active ham radio operator, and doesn't have time to actually retire - which, he says, is a good thing!