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Why you should be “friending” 6abc meteorologist Adam Joseph
By Victoria Mier

Whether he’s posting behind-the-scenes shots of the 6abc studio or selfies with his kids, it’s obvious that meteorologist Adam Joseph loves to engage with his fans. We caught up with the weather expert in between forecasts and Facebook likes to find out what he really thinks about sharing his life on TV and online.

 

Q:You have a huge presence on social media. Have you ever regretted making your life – and your children’s – so public?

Joseph: I’ve never regretted it. I was always a really private person, but I’ve realized how amazing kids are and how much joy and laughter they bring in a world where there is so much hatred sometimes. So if seeing my child laughing or a video of them playing or doing something unique can give someone a smile, I think that’s great. Even though it’s my first time seeing a child do something like that, and it may be my social follower’s 18th, they still come right back and say, “Thank you, you put a smile on my face.”

 

Q: How do you react when the trolls come out on social media?

Joseph: At first, you want to defend yourself against whatever it is they’re saying. It’s the same principle as if you get punched in the face – are you going to walk away or stand up for yourself? You can stand up for yourself, but you’re never going to win. You have to come back positive. I just ignore it at this point, because you can beat yourself to death over it, or I kill them with kindness. I write them back in a positive way, saying I hope they have a good day and hope they realize what they did was wrong. Anyone can have a bad moment and want to take it out on someone or something else. I get it, but I would never fight back the way they do.

 

Q: How do you feel when people recognize you and your family in public?

Joseph: You get the stares, the pointing. Some people come up, some people won’t. Sometimes they will once I’m done eating or working out at the gym, and they say they didn’t want to disrupt anything, but wanted to say hello and that they like my work. I respect when people do that. I got into this business understanding I’m in the public eye, and I always say if it doesn’t happen, something’s wrong and my career’s over. I actually enjoy it, and my partner Karl understands it comes with the territory. I respect him for that, because he didn’t ask to be put in the spotlight.

 

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Q: Do you ever get tired of strangers asking you about the weather?

Joseph: Since I’ve been so active on social media, the weather is definitely not the first thing people ask me about anymore. Instead, it seems like almost everyone tells me they love following me and my family. It’s almost like weather has taken a backseat. When they do ask about the weather, it’s mostly jokes like, “Can’t you do something about this weather?”

 

Q: You were 4 years old when you knew you wanted to become a “weatherman.” How did you know?

Joseph: My mom always says it was in my blood. Instead of watching cartoons, I’d be watching the Weather Channel. I was obsessed with the weather. When there were storms, I would literally run out the door and stand in the middle of a thunderstorm and pretend to forecast the weather. I wanted to understand what was happening with the weather, so I geared myself toward learning as much as I could. I was in a weather club during middle school, and every day I would go to school 15 minutes early and learn about the weather.

 

Q: You have a crazy schedule – how do you manage to juggle everything?

Joseph: Thankfully, I’m a great multi-tasker. I’m up by 8 am, and I have two kids on my lap before I can even take my first breath. I’m a typical parent in the morning, trying to keep them entertained while I try to eat and gear up for the day, preparing dinner or fixing something around the house. By late morning, I am either at the gym or running, sometimes with the kids, sometimes without. We have great help with the kids, but like most families, having two working parents is never easy. By the time I get to work, my day starts for a second time. I do the early shows at 4 and 5:30 pm, then I go on my dinner break. I go to boxing one day a week, but the other four days I go home for a break to cook dinner for Karl and help put the kids to bed. Then I go back to work in time for the 10 pm news on PHL17. I typically get home late and need to unwind by eating a snack, drinking a glass of wine and catching up on my favorite shows. I’m in bed by 1 am at the latest. So needless to say, it’s a long day.

July 2017
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