Phillip Williams joined WITN in 2011 after being the chief meteorologist for another local television station for 21 years. Phillip grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and knew he would become a meteorologist at around the age of 5 or 6. “Meteorologist” was the first big word he learned.
As a young child, he fell off his older brother’s bike right before a hailstorm hit with golf ball-sized hail. He and the weather were both out of sorts and he felt they were somehow connected. Phillip learned all he could about the weather after that. He listened to his Grandfather Williams tell stories about sun dogs, August gusts (hurricanes), and the big snowstorms of the 1920s.
Phillip earned a BS degree in Meteorology from North Carolina State University in 1987 and was awarded as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Meteorology. Phillip became the chief meteorologist with the CBS station in Greenville in 1988.
In 1998, Phillip shared his fascination with the weather by teaching a “Weather and Climate” course at East Carolina University while continuing his television career. One of the highlights of his career was being invited to the White House to attend a seminar on global weather and to hear private speeches by the President and Vice President. Phillip attended several international weather conferences and has represented coastal North Carolina at a Governor’s Hurricane Conference.
For many years, Phillip served on the Winterville Watermelon Festival Committee. He also served on the board of directors on the empowerment non-profit Life of NC as well as volunteered as a tutor, teaching adults to read with Pitt Literacy. Currently, he is a volunteer on the board of directors of Greenville Public Access Television.
In 2009, Phillip added active Realtor to his list of accomplishments. In early 2016, he founded his own real estate company which helps people buy and sell homes in and around Pitt County.
You can see Phillip presenting First Alert weather forecasts on WITN each Monday through Friday at Noon. You can also see him on the WITN Weather App and WITN.com. He produces Phillip's Weather Trivia questions for his weathercasts at Noon, many of which are then blogged about on WITN.com.
For fun, Phillip loves sports, mainly as a spectator. He has been commissioner of a fantasy football league since the 1990s. Phillip also has some tennis trophies he won many years ago. Phillip loves playing with his 2 dogs, Tag and Dash, listening to music, gardening, seeing movies, traveling, the beach, and watching meteor showers.