By Archie Mavromatis
Nick Gregory, FOX 5,WNYW’s meteorologist, visited the children at the William Spyropoulos School of St. Nicholas in Flushing, last Tuesday. Gregory spoke of his traditional Hellenic upbringing and of the rewarding experiences growing up as the son of a priest, the late Fr. Basil. He also stressed how his parents influenced and instilled in him the Greek Orthodox beliefs, Hellenic culture and heritage. As he explained, his interest in weather reporting began from the young age of 7 and credited his grandmother for inspiring him to become a meteorologist.
Mrs. Athena Kromidas, school principal, welcomed Gregory to the special assembly, “Nick Gregory makes us proud because of his tremendous accomplishment as a Greek American; We are honored to have him visit our school.”
Following Gregory’s presentation and questions from the students, who applauded endlessly and were so excited to see him, he was thanked by PTA President Lena Varis, “for taking time from his busy schedule and for enriching and inspiring the youth.” He was then presented an icon from Fr. Paul Palesty, who also mentioned “how proud we all are of Nick who has reached such a tremendous level of respectability from his peers in the television industry.”
Nick Gregory has been with the Fox network for the past 16 ½ years and was recently given a new assignment as the meteorologist on the 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. news broadcasts. He is also the recipient of several awards over his career. Gregory has been on the American Meteorologist Society’s “Board of Broadcast Meteorology” and was Chairman of the Board in 1992. He has received the AMS Seal of Approval for Excellence in Television Weather Casting and both the New York Post and the Daily News have named him the most accurate weather forecaster in NYC. Gregory mentioned that his four day forecasts were rated at 86% and his five day forecasts were rated at 79%, while the national average for these forecasts was only at 69%.