James Spann has served as chief meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham for 25 years and has worked as a television meteorologist for 43 years. While most of his service has been in Birmingham, James did work in Dallas in the mid-1980s, where he was chief meteorologist for KDFW-TV. James also serves as host of “WeatherBrains”, the longest running weather podcast on the planet (16 years old and still going strong).
James is an AMS CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist), and also holds the seal of approval from the National Weather Association. James is the winner of the “Award for Broadcast Meteorology” from the AMS, and “Broadcaster of the Year” from the NWA. He has won multiple Emmy Awards over the years and won the Katie Award from the Dallas Press Club for “Best Weathercast” while at KDFW.
James holds the Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University; The University of West Alabama conferred an honorary Doctor of Law degree to James in 2013. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham for 16 years and is a member of the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Board of Visitors.
James and his wife Karen have been married for 40 years, and they have two sons.
Amy Freeze joined FOX Weather in 2021 where she currently serves as an anchor on the ad-supported streaming weather service. A five-time Emmy Award-winning meteorologist and television host, Freeze joins FOX Weather from WABC-TV in New York. Since 2011, she has been part of the station’s Eyewitness News Weather Team, where she also hosted several broadcast specials and the popular Eyewitness News Weekend Morning Edition. Previously, Freeze was the first female Chief Meteorologist in Chicago, IL while working at the local FOX owned and operated station WFLD-TV. Prior to that, she served as a meteorologist and co-host at multiple stations across the country including WCAU-TV in Philadelphia PA; KMGH-TV in Denver, CO; and KPTV-TV in Portland, OR.
Throughout her television career, Freeze’s coverage has received numerous accolades, including Emmy awards for Best Weathercaster and Outstanding Host, as well as for her Surviving Severe Weather in 2007. She was the 11th woman in the world to earn the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist accreditation from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Notably, she was also awarded Seals of Approval from both the AMS and the National Weather Association.
Freeze has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. Additionally, she earned a Master Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania where her capstone thesis was on Storm Water Management and Water Quality.
Capt. Will Simmons
Will Simmons is an Air Force Captain and WC-130J Aircraft Commander for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. Since 2015, Will has logged 129 hurricane eye penetrations in hurricanes from Hawaii, the Caribbean, and the mid-Atlantic, including Category 5 Hurricane Irma in 2017 with peak winds near 155 knots. Will also commands winter storm, low-level weather investigation, and buoy deployment missions.
Prior to his involvement with the Hurricane Hunters, will spent over two years as the morning-noon meteorologist for WCBI-TV in Columbus, MS where he earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society. Part of his responsibilities included critically analyzing and forecasting routine and severe weather for over 161,500 homes in North MS and West AL and leading on-air presentations for 20-hours of weekly newscasts. While there, he covered multiple severe weather outbreaks, hurricanes, and winter weather events.
Will graduated from Mississippi State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Geoscience, concentrating in Professional Meteorology. While there, he was part of a team that won a national championship in weather forecasting and was selected to spend two weeks storm chasing in the Great Plains in 2010. He also earned a Master of Business Administration at Louisiana State University in 2018.
Will has been involved with aviation for the last 20 years and currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate. He has amassed 2,500 flight hours through General Aviation, Civil Air Patrol, military, and commercial flying. When not flying, Will enjoys spending time with his wife, two-year-old son, and Golden Retriever on the MS Gulf Coast.
Jennifer M. Call
Jennifer Call holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University and is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM #674). She previously served as a member and chair of the AMS Board of CCMs (BCCM) and is rotating back on the board this year.
Ms. Call has over ten years of experience providing meteorological support for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), including work for Nuclear Power, Fossil Power, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), River Operations and other various support areas. Her current focus at TVA is supporting the Radiological Dose Assessment team and air quality modeling and permitting for combustion turbine plants.
Ms. Call has also supported Department of Defense (DoD) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) contracts as both a system engineer and meteorologist. She worked on the Tactical Airspace Integration System, supported the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM), and was the subject matter expert for a project evaluating climate change impacts on Ultimate Heat Sinks (UHS) for U.S. Nuclear Power Plants. Additionally, she was the Quality Systems Lead for a major manufacturing firm, providing oversight of the site Quality Management System (QMS) and compliance coordination for site ISO and industry standards.
Ms. Call serves on the Standards Board for the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and has served as a chair and member of numerous committees and working groups developing American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards related to meteorological monitoring and atmospheric analysis.
She happily resides on a farm with her husband, 3 children, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, donkey, chickens and cows.