A native of Hammond, Indiana, Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology & Oceanography from the University of Michigan in December of 1969.
He received AMS TV Seal of Approval # 90 in 1971 and, after passing a comprehensive exam on theoretical & operational meteorology in June of 2009, was awarded the new AMS CERTIFIED BROADCAST METEOROLOGIST Seal. Bob is the only Chief Meteorologist in New Orleans to display the AMS CBM. He has also been twice honored by the National Hurricane Conference, was named AMS Broadcaster of the Year in 2008, received numerous AP & New Orleans Press Club Best Weathercast awards and is the New Orleans Press Club Lifetime Achievement Honoree for 2013. In April 2014, the National Hurricane Conference honored him with their Distinguished Achievement Award.
After a stint in the Marine Corps Reserve and the Air Force Reserves, Bob's first television opportunity began in 1971 at WTVT Television Channel 13 in Tampa, Florida where he trained under Tampa Weather legend Roy Leep.
He moved to WDTN-TV2 in Dayton, Ohio as Chief Meteorologist in 1973 where he stayed for 5 years. In 1978 Bob returned to the South as Chief Meteorologist for WVUE-TV.
Some of the memorable hurricanes Bob has covered are Frederic in 1979, Juan in 1985, Andrew in 1992, Georges in 1998, Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lilli in 2002, Ivan in 2004 ,Katrina and Rita in 2005, Gustav in 2008 & Isaac in 2012.
Unfortunately, the great flood that followed Katrina destroyed all of Bob's television records including his first audition tape from WXYZ-TV in Detroit in 1968.
Bob has 3 grown sons with his late wife Paula and is currently married to Brenda Bell-Breck a native of Monroe, LA. He enjoys fishing, golfing and traveling in his spare time and is active in raising awareness about early prostate cancer detection.