Steve Caporizzo was named NEWS10’s Chief Meteorologist in December 1989. Prior to his arrival in Albany, he was named chief meteorologist at both WABI-TV in Bangor, ME and WWLP-TV in Springfield, MA prior to joining WTEN. He has also worked for dozens of radio stations throughout New York and New England over the years.
Steve has been interested in weather since the age of nine years old. It is his dream come true to be paid for forecasting and reporting on the weather. It has been his life long hobby that is now his career.
Steve is very active in the community and in the past 18 years, has visited over 1300 schools, civic groups, and senior centers. He is involved in dozens of fundraisers, many dealing with the plight of the homeless animals. In 1994, he was presented with the Partners in Education Award by the Capital District Council for Social Studies, for his efforts to educate children and adults about weather.
Steve has been awarded the seal of approval for Television Broadcasting from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He received a B.S. Degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in Vermont, in 1982.
Steve is most noted for his work with homeless animals and fundraising for many Upstate NY and Western New England shelters. In fact to date, he directly works with 16 shelters and 6 local rescue groups. He has raised over $250,000 for homeless animals.
In 1990, Caporizzo started a segment called Pet Connection, which now airs as 6 Primetime ½ hour specials during the year. Each show highlights interesting local animal stories…rescues and introduces viewers to 16 pets up for adoption. Pet connection sponsors all the adoption fees for the pets on the show. In the past 18 years, Steve has found homes for more than 2,300 dogs and cats, and raised over $250,000 on their behalf.
He has received many awards for his Pet Connection segments and work with the homeless animals. Steve says, “The best award is when you find that special home for a homeless dog or cat. It makes you feel good.” He has been on the Board of Directors at the Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society, the biggest shelter in Upstate New York.
In 1999, Steve started “The Pet Connection Free Adoption Day”. On this day (the second Saturday in June), there is a huge adoption clinic at 16 shelters. All pets adopted on this day into approved homes will have the adoptions fees/spay/neutering/shots paid for by Pet Connection. This has become the biggest single adoption clinic in New York State. In 2002, on this one day alone, 450 dogs and cats were given a second chance at life.
Caporizzo also helps with fundraising for the American Lung Association – he was the 1992 recipient of the Media Service Award for New York State. He also works with the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center and the Center for the Disabled.
Steve’s work continues on radio. You can also hear Steve’s weather report on WGNA Country 107.7FM, The BUZZ 105 point 7, and ESPN Radio 104-5 The Team. He also continues to work for his very first radio station that he ever got paid for, WTSA in Brattleboro Vermont. He has worked for this station since 1981!
In his spare time, Steve enjoys gardening, the outdoors, and has a passion for fishing. He ties his own flies and spends many hours each fall fishing for salmon and steelhead. In the winter, you’ll find him ice fishing on area lakes looking for that big Northern Pike.