El Paso native, Dan Martinez, has been part of ABC 7’s StormTRACK Weather team since 2013.
He studied at New Mexico State University where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications with a minor in government in the spring of 2014.
During his time at NMSU, Dan had the chance to be a part of the award-winning News 22 program (KRWG-TV). He served as an on-air forecaster and news anchor for the student run program.
In the summer of 2013, he earned the opportunity that is few and far between for aspiring journalists. Dan was selected to intern at the world headquarters for CNN in Atlanta.
While at CNN, Dan worked with a team of producers that put together a nightly two-hour broadcast on CNN’s sister network, HLN. Even though the experiences he gained there were priceless and incomparable, it made him treasure the greatness El Paso has to offer.
Dan was selected as an Eco-Ambassador by The Weather Channel for their Forecast Earth platform in 2008. In Washington D.C., he met with other students from around the nation to discuss how the climate change has affected our weather.
His fascination with the weather and forecasts ignited as an eighth grader at Desert View Middle, when his last-minute science project on weather forecast accuracy led him all the way to the Texas Exxon-Mobil State Science Fair.
He joined the “Knight Vision News” program at J.M. Hanks High School as a sophomore (GO KNIGHTS!). There, he learned the many roles of television production and on-air talent presentation—dubbed “Dan The Weatherman” by his peers. In the summers of 2008 and 2009, Dan interned with the KFOX weather department under their Chief Meteorologist, Sandra Diaz.
Following his accomplishments at Hanks, Dan began his college career at El Paso Community College. There he was able to confirm that broadcasting was truly something that captivated him.
In his spare time, you can catch Dan talking to schools about the weather and television broadcasting, volunteering in the community, spending time with his family, bingeing on Netflix, or planning his next vacation to one of the Disney Parks (though Disneyland is his favorite).