André Bernier Biography
André Bernier is a well-known American meteorologist who currently serves as the weekday evening meteorologist for Cleveland’s WJW-TV. Bernier has been at the station since February 1988, when Cleveland’s first full-length local morning newscast began. He has garnered two Emmy awards for his weathercasts.
André moved to weekday prime-time on May 28, 2007, after nearly 20 years on weekday mornings on weekday mornings. Bernier received his education at New Bedford High School, where he graduated in 1977. He went on to Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology in 1981.
During his college years, André founded “The New England Weather Net,” a student-run business that provided daily weather broadcasts by phone to local radio stations (including WSTJ-AM in St. Johnsbury, Vermont).
Bernier’s fascination with meteorology started when he was four years old when he spotted dark clouds from an approaching storm. It was the start of an all-consuming desire to study weather of all kinds, with a particular fondness for winter snowstorms and the well-known “nor’easter” during his formative years in New England.
André began his broadcast career at the age of 16 by providing weekend weather forecasts to his hometown radio station, WBSM-AM.
He polished his skills as a broadcaster while continuing to educate himself in synoptic meteorology (forecasting) by shadowing the late Charlie Taylor, meteorologist for WLNE-TV, whose studios were still located in New Bedford in the 1970s. With the patient help of a number of mentors such as WBSM’s Stann Lipp, Dick Stevens, Jim Loomis, and newsman Jim Phillips (who is still heard on WBSM).
In addition, Bernier left New England after graduating to take his first job as a weekend meteorologist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at KGAN, eastern Iowa’s top station at the time (which was known as WMT-AM-FM-TV).
He left Iowa after only eight months to join The Weather Channel, a speculative national cable channel start-up at the time. When The Weather Channel first started airing on Sunday, May 2, 1982, at 8:00 PM EDT, André and Bruce Kalinowski (Edwards) were the first on-camera meteorology team.
Bernier further moved to Minneapolis in 1985, where he worked at WWTC-AM (the first commercial AM radio station in the United States to try an all-weather format), Northwest Airlines (as a trans-Atlantic flight forecaster), and eventually KARE-TV, Minneapolis, where he worked with his wife, Sally, during weekday morning newscasts.
André and his family moved to Cleveland in 1988, and the following year he started working at WJW station 8. He worked as a morning meteorologist until 2007 when he switched to evenings.
Bernier’s faith started to take precedence over his work as a television meteorologist, leading him to enroll in a distance-education seminary program. He was ordained by an Ordination Council of Pastors on May 21, 2004, at Grace Community Church in Massillon Ohio. After completing studies at Southern Baptist Seminary in Nashville and ICU University, now known as Global University in Springfield, Missouri.
Similarly, André is a member of the Faith Family Church in North Canton, Ohio. He’s been a guest preacher and evangelist in various local pulpits on occasion. He has also served as interim pastor at churches in Massillon in 2012 and Chesterland, OH most recently.
In addition, Bernier is involved in digital film production, having been tutored by Jason Tomaric, a Hollywood film director. Aside from a few short films, André’s filmography includes the mid-feature-length drama “Christmas Lights In Pilaf” (2004), based on the first chapter of his Christian novel “Welcome To Pilaf,” and, most recently, a full-length documentary about a French family who bought an old, abandoned building in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, to open an authentic French bistro with their life savings. “French Toast” (2006) has been submitted to a number of film festivals in the United States, including those in Utah, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, and Dallas, as well as the Telly Awards.
Bernier has also written several books, including “Christmas In Pilaf,” a faith-based Christmas novel trilogy, and “The Extra Mile,” an autobiographical chronology. André is known for his resistance to the notion of anthropic causes of climate change. He is a proponent of energy conservation and renewable fuel technology, including the deployment of a hydrogen vehicle.
Bernier also got an AMS Seal of Approval (#286) as well as two Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards.
André Bernier Age
How old is André Bernier? Bernier is 64 years old as of 2023. He was born André M. Bernier on May 22, 1959, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States of America. In addition, André celebrates his birthday on the 22nd of May every year and his zodiac sign is Gemini.
André’s nationality is American and his ethnicity is white.
André Bernier Family
Bernier was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the United States of America by his parents. He has managed to keep more details about his parents and siblings under wraps. As soon as new information becomes available, we will update this section.
André Bernier Wife
Bernier is married to former meteorologist Sally (née Patrick), who retired in 2009. They first met in 1978, while still in college. Together they have a son named Noah Bernier who was born in June 1997.
Noah is pursuing his commercial pilot certificate as an aviation student. Noah is following in the footsteps of his mother, who is a licensed private pilot.
André Bernier Height
Bernier stands approximately at a height of 6 feet 1 inch tall (1.85 m).
André Bernier Salary
Bernier earns an average annual salary of between $45,000 -$110,000 as a meteorologist at FOX 8.
André Bernier Net Worth
Bernier has an estimated net worth of between $1 million – $5 million. André’s fortune stems from his career as a meteorologist, author, director, cinematographer, and editor.