Meet Your New Alumni Advisory Council Member - Royal Norman

February 28, 2018

AZ Beginnings

As Royal and his wife Nancy drove into Phoenix on a hot August afternoon in 1981, they were met by a huge dust storm. "It's going to rain," they said to each other. It did not. Thus, they were introduced to Arizona weather.

PC Education

In the fall of 1981, Norman enrolled at Phoenix College (PC). He did two semesters at PC, setting the stage to transfer to Arizona State University (ASU), where he wanted to pursue a degree in meteorology. After transferring to ASU, Norman returned to Phoenix College at night to get his Calculus credits, taking advantage of the smaller classrooms and hands-on instruction.

Norman graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with a degree in meteorology-climatology. That summer, he started working at Channel 3 as the weekend meteorologist, earning his American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for both television and radio broadcasting.

Sky's the Limit

During his first 12 years at 3TV, Norman logged thousands of miles traveling the Grand Canyon State, doing the weather and telling interesting stories about the people of Arizona.

In 1994, teamed with Jodi Applegate, Norman was part of the crew that launched “Good Morning Arizona.” Nobody knew at the time it would become one of the top-rated local morning shows in the country.

In 1996, Norman and his family moved to Atlanta, where he was the chief meteorologist at WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate. His favorite part of that job was chasing hurricanes - something that never happened in Arizona.

Returning to 3TV in 2001, Norman is now Arizona’s Family’s chief meteorologist. He works weekday nights, appearing on Good Evening Arizona, 3TV News at Eight, 3TV News at Nine and 3TV News at 10.

About Phoenix College

Phoenix College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 11,000 students annually.