Local leaders remember the Valley’s weatherman

Local leaders comment on the passing of WKBN 27 First News Meteorologist Don Guthrie

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – WKBN 27 First News Meteorologist Don Guthrie is being remembered for his personality, his love of family and his love of weather.

Viewers from across the Valley and local leaders share what they remember most about the man that came into their living rooms every night to deliver the weather forecast.

“I remember him greatly because on the street or in the studio he always had a smile on his face,” said Bob Hagan, Ohio School Board member.

Hagan’s wife, Ohio State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, said it was Don’s love of community she always admired.

“He really loved this community, and he loved his family. He loved his daughter Amanda. She was my student at the university,” Lepore-Hagan said.

Don’s career first started on radio and eventually moved to TV in 1980.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally has been watching for years and said Don was down to earth and easy to listen to.

“I think people in the community just trusted Don as a weatherman to give the straight scoop on what was happening, especially in dangerous times,” McNally said.

State Senator Joe Schiavoni said he grew up watching Don and enjoyed his banter with the other anchors. But it was his solid forecast that gave him such a solid reputation.

“In the past years I really enjoyed him and Teresa Weakley would kind of go back and forth with each other. I think it was kind of funny to watch because I don’t think anybody really played with him a little bit and she did,” Schiavoni said. “He was solid as a rock, and I think that is something we are going to miss here in the Valley.”

Don Guthrie passed away Sunday, January 25 after a nearly year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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