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Meteorologist, Russell Native Matt Laubhan Wins Emmy Award

Matt Laubhan Wins EmmyWTVA-TV Chief Meteorologist and Russell native Matt Laubhan has been named best weather anchor by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Chapter, winning an Emmy award Saturday, June 8.

Laubhan arrived at WTVA, a television station in Mississippi, in 2011 and led the station's coverage during the April 2011 tornado outbreak. His Emmy award is for work during 2012.

He recently won the top weathercast honor for small-market television stations from the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters.

WTVA-TV profile on Laubhan:

Matt Laubhan is the Chief Meteorologist for the WTVA Weather Authority and is northeast Mississippi's first Certified Broadcast Meteorologistâ„¢.

Matt is no stranger to severe weather. He became a trained storm spotter when he was only ten years old, and has tracked countless tornadoes from the field and studio. Originally from the small Kansas town of Russell, Matt graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science. He graduated at the top of his class, and was awarded departmental honors for his study of tornado outbreaks. Matt also has the distinction of being the youngest person ever to be awarded the prestigious CBM Seal from the American Meteorological Society.

Matt also spent seven years forecasting severe thunderstorms in West Texas as Chief Meteorologist for KLBK-TV and Morning Meteorologist for KAMC-TV in Lubbock, Texas. While attending the University of Kansas, Matt worked as an on-air meteorologist for KUJH-TV and KJHK-FM, and was an intern and assistant weather producer for KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri.

Matt and his wife Emily are happy to call the Magnolia State home, and are thankful for the path God has led them down to bring them to Northeast Mississippi.

(Information and photo courtesy of WTVA-TV)

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