From Atlanta to Hollywood and now to the East Coast, “E.T.” host Rob Marciano is on the move again. In 2013 the former CNN meteorologist based at the network’s Atlanta headquarters gave up his weather maps to anchor the syndicated entertainment news program “Entertainment Tonight,” also more commonly known as “E.T.”. For more than a 16 months Marciano has co-hosted “E.T.” with veteran entertainment news journalist Nancy O’Dell. He replaced former “E.T.” host Mark Steines.
Marciano’s new gig has him back in front of weather maps during the weekends on ABC’s “Good Morning America Weekend”. Ginger Zee, the current “GMA” meteorologist, was the previously weather anchor for the weekend show. She was promoted after Sam Champion left the network to work for the Weather Channel based in metro Atlanta. It’s been reported that Marciano’s new position will have him appearing across all of the ABC News platforms as well as allow him to do some reporting in the field.
In a July 18, 2014 press release ABC News President James Goldston names Marciano as a Senior Meteorologist; the statement reads:
I’m pleased to announce that Rob Marciano is joining ABC News as Senior Meteorologist.
A veteran weather anchor and an award-winning journalist, Rob will join GMA Weekend and report on the latest weather headlines throughout the week as well as partner with our talented Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee and the Extreme Weather Team for weather coverage across all ABC News broadcasts and platforms.
Rob is a versatile storyteller with the ability to effortlessly engage with viewers. He joins us from Entertainment Tonight where he has been co-anchor since January 2013.
Prior to his role on ET, Rob spent nearly a decade working at CNN as a news and weather anchor. From tornadoes and blizzards to avalanches and mudslides, Rob has covered some of the biggest weather events and natural disasters in recent memory. His riveting reports from the field during Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill were recognized with the prestigious Peabody award.
Marciano’s appointment is the latest in a series of personnel changes at the news division of ABC. In June ABC News announced that Diane Sawyer, the anchor of its flagship newscast “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” would be stepping down from her post to develop other news programming for the network. In an unprecedented move, the network divided the traditional responsibilities of the position between “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos and the anchor of the weekend edition of “ABC World News,” David Muir. During Thursday’s coverage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17; we saw Stephanopoulos in his new role as the principle anchor during breaking news.