Steve Pool just celebrated 40 years working at KOMO-TV!
He graduated from Tyee High School in Seattle, where he served as student body president. Following graduation, he attended the University of Washington and majored in Communications. While at UW, he received an outstanding minority student award, and the Samuel Kelly Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Upon graduating in 1978, he began his long career here at KOMO as a writer, and was subsequently appointed to a reporter position.
Since that time, he has also served as a feature reporter, sports reporter and program producer. Then, when the station needed a new lead weathercaster, he went back to the University of Washington to receive specialized training in atmospheric sciences from renowned professor Cliff Mass. The rest, they say, is history.
In the late 80s, Steve began hosting the program Front Runners, a Saturday evening magazine show, which was soon syndicated in markets around the world. The show became one of the most awarded programs in Seattle television history with nearly 100 Emmys until it ended in the early 1990s.
Personally, Steve has seven Emmy awards for excellence in broadcasting, a Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalism award, gold and bronze medals from the New York International Film Festival, a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences American Scene Award, two "Telly" Awards, an Academy of Religious Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award, and was also part of the news team that was the 2001 and 2007 winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for the best newscast in America.
In 2004, he was inducted into the University of Washington Communications Hall of Fame.
In addition, Steve has appeared more than 70 times on ABC's Good Morning America, has been featured on the cover of Seattle Magazine twice and been named numerous times as the readers choice for best weatherman in Seattle Magazine's "Best of Seattle". Twice he was also named the best weathercaster in the "Seattle Weekly" annual newspaper poll. He is also featured in the March 2006 edition of Esquire Magazine.
In addition to his work, he serves on several charitable boards including the Museum of Flight in Seattle and the Boy Scouts of America Rainier Council "ScoutReach" board. Steve has also joined with fellow UW husky alum and Hall of Fame NFL great Warren Moon in hosting a golf tournament that has raised nearly $2.5 million for Seattle Children's Hospital.
Steve has published a book on Northwest Weather called "Somewhere, I was Right", a CD program called "Fearless Public Speaking" and 12 children's program in a series call "I Wanna Be" which provides positive information on a range of professions kids may someday seek to obtain.
Boards & Organizations
- The Museum of Flight Board of Trustees
- Washington Athletic Club 101 Club (Organization of the top 101 community and business leaders in Seattle)
- Public Service Events and Fund Raising Past 5 years:
- Emcee-Eastside Domestic Violence annual fundraiser
- Emcee- Boy Scouts of America fundraiser (Supports minority scouting recruitment)
- Emcee- The Museum of Flight Apollo 11 Celebration with Buzz Aldrin, et.al. (Supports aviation education programs)
- Program Host- Seattle Children's Hospital Telethon and Miracle Season Broadcasts. (Supports uncompensated care program)
- Participant-Ducks unlimited (Supports wetland conservation)
- Emcee-Hopelink Annual Fundraiser (Supports distressed women and families)
- Participant-Lenny Wilkins Foundation (Support Odessa Brown Clinic)
- Participant-Jim Mora Foundation (Supports exercise programs for kids)
- Emcee-Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation (Supports families of officers killed in the line of duty)
- Bill Boeing Tribute Museum of Flight (Supports aviation education programs)
- Camp Corey Summer camp for child cancer patients
- Seattle Art Museum Fund raiser with Mario Batali
- For the past 27 years as host of the Seattle Children's Hospital telethons, helping to raise nearly $74 million in that time period
- Along with wife Michelle, established a half million dollar endowment at Seattle Children's to provide funds for low income families whose kids are in the hospital.
- Other organizations helped over the past 30 years include: The Salvation Army, Seattle Mentoring, Youth Eastside Services, Boys and Girls Club, Poncho for the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Auction of Northwest Wines, Cystic fibrosis Foundation, The Red Cross, ALS foundation, Susan G. Komen, American Heart Association, Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Tuskegee Airmen and dozens of public schools.