Tony Perkins

ByABC News via logo
October 1, 2004, 6:48 PM

— -- Tony Perkins has been the "Good Morning America" weather forecaster since March 1999, bringing his warmth, intelligence, and good humor to the "GMA" family. His national weather forecasts air every half hour during the broadcast.

Although most mornings Tony's forecasts originate from "GMA's" dynamic Times Square studios, he is unique among national morning TV weather forecasters, in that he often reports from the scene of some of Mother Nature's worst weather disasters. In 2004 alone, Tony covered Hurricanes Bonnie, Charley, Francis, and Ivan from hard-hit locations across the south. He even suffered a minor eye injury while covering Francis (the injury healed completely).

Tony's gutsy and hard-hitting reporting for "GMA" drew the attention of other media outlets, and he even ended up reporting on these storms for CNN's "Larry King Live," Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," and for the weekend edition of "Good Morning America." In addition, Tony filed reports for ABC News Now, ABC Radio News, and for numerous ABC affiliates.

In the past, Tony has also filed authoritative and moving reports from the scene of the 1999 Oklahoma City F-5 tornado, the Florida wildfires, and drought-stricken southern Georgia.

However, Tony is equally as proud of his non-weather related roles for "GMA" and for ABC Television. Tony has contributed music, entertainment, and other features and segments to "GMA," and has covered a wide range of events and locations in his years on the show. He has reported on or from everything from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, to "Railfare" in Sacramento, and the "Hot Cars" weekend in Reno.

Tony's vast love and knowledge of popular music has lead him to interview Usher, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Anastasia, Diana Ross, and -- most famously -- Ringo Starr ("a dream come true"), among others. And he was called on to report on the sudden deaths of George Harrison and Johnny Cash -- which he did with aplomb, grace, and respect.

Tony's work on "GMA"-- and, in particular, his sense of humor (he used to be a stand-up comic) -- has of late brought him to other projects. He currently co-hosts "Stealing Scenes," a funny but informative show about the entertainment world, for ABC News Now. In 2004 alone, he made a cameo appearance on the ABC sitcom "Less Than Perfect," was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," served as a presenter at the "American Music Awards," and appeared as a comic commentator for VH1's "I Love the '90s Part Deux."

Tony Perkins came to "GMA" from WTTG-TV, the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C. There, he served as co-anchor of "Fox Morning News" from 1998 to 1999, conducting interviews, doing feature segments and reviewing movies. He served as the show's weather personality starting in 1993, and his warm and often humorous presentation made him one of the most popular TV personalities in the nation's capitol.

Tony has nearly 25 years of experience in radio and television broadcasting. From 1986 to 1988, he hosted and produced "DC20 Breakaway" for WDCA-TV in Washington. His efforts there earned him an Emmy Award in 1988. From 1985 to 1992, he produced and was an on-air contributor to "The Donnie Simpson Show" on WKYS-FM radio, for many years the top-rated morning show in Washington. Tony began his TV career at ABC News by working as a desk assistant at the network's Washington bureau in the early '80s.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and currently serves as a member of AU's School of Communications' Dean's Advisory Council.

Tony is married and has an adorable young son named Connor.