Gabe Prough joined the WPTA First Alert Weather Team in December 2019 as the weekend evening meteorologist for ABC21. He also serves as a newscast producer and multimedia journalist.
A northeast Indiana native, Gabe grew up in the Wells county area and is a graduate of Norwell High School. For as long as he can remember, Gabe has been fascinated by the weather. For a time, thunderstorms and tornadoes terrified him, but his fear drove him to learn more about severe weather and how it can be predicted. To this day, Gabe tells others that there is no need to fear severe weather if you empower yourself with information and have a severe weather plan!
Gabe graduated from Ball State University in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology & Climatology. At Ball State, Gabe served as the Chief Weather Forecaster for Ball State's award-winning student news organization, NewsLink Indiana. He also took on the role of Executive Producer for the weather morning show Waking Up with Cardinal Weather. While at Ball State, he worked with fellow WPTA teammates meteorologist Liz Braden and Tylor Brummett, where they quickly became close friends.
In 2019, Gabe was honored with the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, awarded to a little over 100 undergraduate students across the country each year. As a part of the scholarship, he interned with the National Weather Service and researched how to improve severe weather forecasts and better communicate them to the public.
During his time at WPTA, Gabe has covered tornado outbreaks, derechos, major snowstorms, and flooding, along with any other wild weather northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio bring. As a lifelong resident of 21Country, he combines his forecasting expertise and life experience to try to bring you the most accurate forecast possible, alerting you first.
In 2022, Gabe was honored with an Emmy award for his work as a producer, reporter, and host for the special report, Digging Deeper: Climate Matters. Gabe has extensively reported on the climate crisis, such as how the science points clearly to climate change and the ways it affects folks in 21Country.
When he's not geeking out over the weather, you can find Gabe outside by the pool or dreaming of warmer weather. He's thrilled to be working in his hometown and at the station he's dreamed of working at since he was a child!