Herb Clarke, American television weatherman (WCAU-TV), NATAS Governor’s Award winner (2007), died from Alzheimer’s disease he was 84
Herbert Spencer Clarke was an American weatherman and television journalist died from Alzheimer’s disease he was 84.. Clarke spent thirty-nine years, from 1958 to 1997, as a reporter for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. Under Clarke, WCAU became the first local television station in the Philadelphia media market to use radar in its weather coverage, beginning in 1982.
(July 10, 1927 – January 8, 2012)
Clarke was born in 1927 and was a native of Eden, North Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. Clarke also served in the United States Navy. He began working in broadcasting in 1948 in Eden, North Carolina. Clarke then worked as a radio and television reporter at a Richmond, Virginia, station before joining WCAU-TV in 1958.
Clarke joined the staff of WCAU on November 24, 1958, as an on-air
weatherman and reporter, using the nickname “Atlantic Weatherman.” Though most known for weather reports,
Clarke also co-hosted Philadelphia regional coverage of events, such as
the Mummers Parade, and previously anchored WCAU’s Sunday night news. He was also assigned the station’s science and health stories as well. WCAU remained a CBS affiliate until 1995, when it switched affiliations to NBC.
Clarke retired from WCAU in 1997.
He served as the President of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
from 1988 and 1989. Clarke was named the Broadcast Pioneers of
Philadelphia’s Person of the Year in 1991 and was inducted into their
Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2007, Clarke was a recipient of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Governor’s Award.
Herb Clarke died on January 8, 2012, died at the Beaumont assisted living facility in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 84.
Clarke was survived by his wife, Barbara Cawthorne Clarke, whom he
had been married to for 56 years;daughter, Ann Million; two sons, John
and Robert; and three grandchildren. Clarke and his wife had been long term residents of Haverford, Pennsylvania, before moving to the Beaumont retirement community in 2004. His funeral was held at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.
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