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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Personality
Weatherman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1950
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Personality
Weatherman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1950
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Broadcast meteorologist Steve Baskerville was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1950. He attended the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University and graduated from there in 1972 with his B.S. degree in communications. Later, in 2006, Baskerville earned a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. He received his American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval in 2007.

In 1972, Baskerville began his broadcasting career and was hired by the Philadelphia School District Office of Curriculum where he hosted a children’s show on public radio. He then joined KYW-TV, the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, from 1977 to 1984. While there, Baskerville worked as a weatherman, co-hosted a morning talk show with Maurice “Maury” Povich, and hosted a daily children’s program which was honored by Action for Children’s Television. In 1984, Baskerville was hired by CBS as a broadcast meteorologist on their “Morning News” segment, making him the first African American network weatherman. Then, in 1987, he became the weatherman for WBBM-Channel 2 in Chicago, Illinois.

Baskerville’s interest in children’s programming led him to host a two-hour special, “Dealing with Dope.” He also co-hosted a children’s issues program for WCBS-TV titled, “What If.”
In addition, Baskerville has displayed his diverse skills by hosting projects such as “Thanks to Teachers,” a salute to area educators; “Taste of the Taste,” a half-hour live broadcast from the Taste of Chicago; the “All-City Jamboree,” a high school talent competition; and “Beautiful Babies,” a public service campaign.

Baskerville has been honored for excellence throughout his career. In 1999, he won an Emmy Award for the news feature series, “Best of Chicago”; and, in 2001, he was honored by the Illinois Broadcasters Association for “Best Weather Segment.” Baskerville served as host for CBS 2 Chicago’s Emmy-Award winning program, “Sunday! With Steve Baskerville!” He received local Emmy Awards for his work on CBS 2’s 2004 broadcast of the LaSalle Bank of Chicago Marathon, and his coverage of the deadly tornado in Utica, Illinois in 2004. In addition, he received an Emmy Award in 2005 for the news feature, “Steve’s Getaway Guide.” In 2006, Baskerville earned several more local Emmy Awards including the “Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence.”

Baskerville and his wife live in Glenview, Illinois. They have two children: Aaron Baskerville and Sheena Baskerville.

Steve Baskerville was interviewed by The HistoryMakers August 24, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Steve Baskerville describes his mother, Mary Baskerville
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Steve Baskerville talks about experiencing racism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Steve Baskerville talks about his mother's career as a teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Steve Baskerville describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Steve Baskerville describes his maternal grandmother and being raised by a widowed mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Steve Baskerville describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Steve Baskerville shares his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Steve Baskerville talks about encountering President Herbert Hoover
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Steve Baskerville talks about the talented alumni of Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Steve Baskerville describes his family life as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Steve Baskerville talks about growing up in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Steve Baskerville talks about celebrating holidays as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Steve Baskerville describes his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Steve Baskerville describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Steve Baskerville remembers his family vacations as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Steve Baskerville shares his memories of elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Steve Baskerville remembers entering a smile contest
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Steve Baskerville talks about encountering gangs while attending Shoemaker Junior High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Steve Baskerville describes Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Steve Baskerville talks about being a good student and his plans for college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Steve Baskerville describes his activities at Overbrook High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Steve Baskerville describes attending church as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Steve Baskerville describes his social life at Overbrook High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Steve Baskerville talks about his aspiration to be a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Steve Baskerville describes the political climate of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Steve Baskerville recalls the tumult of the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Steve Baskerville describes harassment by the police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Steve Baskerville talks about his father's military service in WWII
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Steve Baskerville talks about his decision to attend Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Steve Baskerville talks about attending Temple University during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Steve Baskerville describes his decision to major in Theater and Communications at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Steve Baskerville talks about his first job working on a children's educational radio show
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Steve Baskerville talks about his work in children's television programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Steve Baskerville talks about working on "Evening Magazine" and "AM-PM" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Steve Baskerville talks about how he became a weatherman
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Steve Baskerville describes his audition for the CBS Morning News
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Steve Baskerville talks about African Americans in the Philadelphia broadcasting market in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Steve Baskerville talks about meeting celebrities who appeared on "The Mike Douglas Show"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Steve Baskerville describes being recognized in public and working in large broadcasting markets
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Steve Baskerville talks about taking a job at a morning newscast in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Steve Baskerville recalls being encouraged to take a broadcasting job in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Steve Baskerville contrasts national versus local broadcasts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Steve Baskerville remembers the celebrities who appeared on the CBS Morning Show
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Steve Baskerville talks about his decision to take a job as weatherman for WBBM-Channel 2 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Steve Baskerville talks about his wife and children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Steve Baskerville talks about reporting on Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Steve Baskerville describes working at WBBM-Channel 2 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Steve Baskerville describes the Chicago broadcasting market
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Steve Baskerville talks about the importance of peer acceptance and having an authentic personality in the broadcasting business
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Steve Baskerville talks about working with Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Steve Baskerville talks about the major weather stories he covered in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Steve Baskerville talks about "The Mike Douglas" show
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Steve Baskerville talks about his strategy for dealing with changing management at WBBM
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Steve Baskerville talks about hosting "Sunday with Steve Baskerville"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Steve Baskerville describes the non-weather programming that he hosted
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Steve Baskerville describes his ideal television program
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Steve Baskerville talks about being a people person
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Steve Baskerville talks about meeting interesting people
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Steve Baskerville talks about winning nine Emmy Awards
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Steve Baskerville talks about earning a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Steve Baskerville talks about global warming
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Steve Baskerville talks about the controversies faced by HistoryMakers Harry Porterfield and Dorothy Tucker as black journalists in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Steve Baskerville talks about HistoryMaker Jim Tilmon
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Steve Baskerville describes the wage gap between African American female broadcasters and male broadcasters
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Steve Baskerville talks about his heroes
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Steve Baskerville shares his career advice
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Steve Baskerville talks about his son's career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Steve Baskerville talks about his future plans
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Steve Baskerville describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Steve Baskerville reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Steve Baskerville narrates his photographs