NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - After 35 years, FOX 8 is naming a new Chief Meteorologist as David Bernard makes the move to evenings in preparation for Bob Breck's March 2nd retirement. As Bernard transitions to Chief Meteorologist, Covington native Shelby Latino will take over for him on the FOX 8 Morning Edition.
Bernard joined WVUE in November and brings nearly 25 years of weather forecasting experience to FOX 8 News. Before starting at WVUE, David spent nine years as Chief Meteorologist for WFOR-TV in Miami/Fort Lauderdale. There, he helped guide South Florida viewers through Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in one historic season. In addition, he spent a week in New Orleans reporting on the scene during the unfolding disaster following Katrina.
While in Miami, David was enlisted by CBS News New York as their Hurricane Consultant in 2008. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, David gave invaluable guidance to the viewers of the CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning and Face The Nation before, during and after the storm. Other memorable storms he covered for CBS News included Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Irene and Isaac.
New Orleans was David's home from 1997 to 2005, when he was the morning meteorologist for the local CBS affiliate. It was during those years that David fell in love with the welcoming people, unique culture and beautiful architecture of New Orleans.
From 1993 to 1997, David gained experience forecasting at TV stations in the Tornado Alley region of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma.
A native of Houston, David graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and attended Mississippi State University.
David is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) and member of the American Meteorological Society. The CBM is the highest accreditation a broadcast meteorologist can attain. He is also a member of the National Weather Association and a former member of the AMS Board of Broadcast Meteorology.
Shelby is a native of Southeast Louisiana, born and raised in Covington. Shelby is a proud Bulldog as she graduated from Fontainebleau High School, then attended Mississippi State University to earn her degree in Professional Meteorology. During the summer of her junior year, she had the opportunity to intern with FOX 8's Chief Meteorologist Bob Breck and learn his forecasting and story-telling techniques. Shelby attributes Bob with encouraging her to take her first on-air job in Greenville, MS.
Shelby worked as a meteorologist in Mississippi while completing her degree, winning first place awards for her work through the Associated Press and Broadcast Education Association. Two days after graduation, Shelby moved across the country to Fresno, CA where she started working as the weekday morning and midday meteorologist. Her forecast experience includes everything from tropical weather to wildfire weather.