After graduating from Duquesne University in 1952 with a degree in mathematics and physics, Joe DeNardo earned a master’s degree in meteorology from the University of Chicago in 1953. He served four years of active duty with the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of commander of the weather detachment at Greater Pittsburgh Air Force Base.
In 1956, Mr. DeNardo co-founded DeNardo and McFarland Weather Services, Inc. He later sold his interest in the business to become a full-time meteorologist for WTAE Channel 4 and WTAE Radio. Mr. DeNardo currently serves as WTAE’s weather consultant. Mr. DeNardo also spent ten years reporting on weather for KDKA-Radio.
Mr. DeNardo has been honored by many meteorological societies for his outstanding achievements in the field. He was honored by the National Television Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award and holds memberships and certifications from several nationally recognized organizations.
In addition to his professional achievements, Mr. DeNardo is known for his generosity in the community. He received the Vectors Pittsburgh Man of the Year Award for community service and numerous other awards for his ongoing commitment to organizations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is a member of the Air Pollution Control Association and the Alpha Phi Delta fraternity. He was chairman of the Moon Township Parks and Recreation board for 22 years, and after serving as a board member at Duquesne University for 22 years, remains active on the board as a member emeritus.
Mr. DeNardo is the chairman of Project Bundle-Up — a joint effort of WTAE Channel 4 and the Salvation Army to provide winter clothing for children in need. Project Bundle-Up has raised $10 million since 1986 and has helped more than 200,000 individuals.
Mr. DeNardo has two sons, three grandsons, and one granddaughter. He lives in Moon Township.