ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith will headline the opening keynote session on Wednesday, October 16. The pair will discuss the indispensable role that broadcasters serve as “first informers” during times of emergency with unique insight from Zee’s experience covering weather on both the local and national level. Zee and Smith will also discuss the science of meteorology and technical advances in weather reporting, including plans to use augmented reality to better serve viewers.
The Emmy Award-winning meteorologist covers national weather for “Good Morning America” and across ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms. That includes her work as host of “Food Forecast,” an ABC News digital series on the intersection of climate and agriculture
Gordon H. Smith
Gordon Smith joined NAB as president and CEO in November 2009. Prior to joining NAB, he served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Smith served on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the panel that oversees broadcast-related legislation. He also chaired the Senate High Tech Task Force, which helped foster his interest in new media and technology issues.