Matt Pace is a weather anchor for 12 News Today Weekend, and 12 News at 5:30, 6 and 10pm on the weekends. Throughout the week he is often in the field as a live shot feature reporter and storm chaser. Before working with 12 News, Matt was an instructor at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University teaching various courses in geography, meteorology & climatology. During that time he was awarded and nominated for various teaching excellence awards.
Matt was born and raised in Arizona. From an early age, he was fascinated with the monsoon weather patterns that developed in the state. This passion continued with Matt completing his BS, MA & PhD in the field of climatology/meteorology at Arizona State University. Matt has published numerous papers in the field of meteorology and climatology, some of which include enhancing tornado forecasting, Southwest monsoon severity, and mesoscale weather features across Arizona, etc. Matt is a member of the American Meteorological Association, the Association of American Geographers, and is also a certified National Weather Service Weather Observer for the Federal Aviation Administration.
When Matt is not immersed in weather-related activities, one could find him actively engaging in cycling, hiking, kayaking, sailing, SCUBA diving, or even playing tennis. But no matter where Matt goes or what he is doing, he always seems to have his eyes focused towards the skies!
Hometown: Gold Canyon, Arizona
City of Residence: Mesa
Current Position: Meteorologist
When you joined 12 News: July 2013
College Graduated from: Arizona State University
Interests/Hobbies: Cycling, Hiking, Kayaking, Sailing, SCUBA Diving, Snow-skiing, Tennis
Favorite Music: Most everything – but not a big fan of country or rap.
Favorite Song: Singing in the Rain! I am a meteorologist after all
Favorite Book(s): Anything with a weather twist
Favorite Quote(s): Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight with widely scattered light by morning. – George Carlin
Favorite Food(s): American, Mexican & Italian
Favorite Color(s): Red
Favorite Travel Destination: Anywhere by an ocean
Pets: One BIG cat named Stormy
Hidden Talent: I time my elaborate Christmas light display to music
Favorite Sports Teams: Any team that is losing during the game I am watching. Always root for the underdog
Favorite Moment in Broadcasting: Any of the talkers between the weekend morning anchor and myself on 12 Weekend Today. Too much fun
Why you decided to work in TV: To learn something completely different
Where else I have worked: Instructor at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University
First Story Reported: Storm chasing around the Valley – only to find ourselves all the way down in Tucson
Your First Job: Cleaning horse stalls with my brother when I was in the 5th grade
What People Would Never Guess About You: That during college I drove a completely restored 1969 VW bus, filled with weather equipment, called “The Weather Bus”, that was destroyed by fire while I was driving it!
What you love about living in Arizona: Monsoon weather
Your Biggest Pet Peeve: People who complain but don’t offer a solution
Your Prized Possession: Any of my weather gadgets
What I'm Passionate About: Weather
Dream Vacation: Antarctica
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