Raymond J. Ban is retired Executive Vice President of Programming, Operations and Meteorology at The Weather Channel, Inc. (TWC). Currently, Ban is Managing Director of Ban & Associates, providing consultative services to the weather/climate enterprise and is also a lecturer in the Meteorology Department at Penn State University.
Ban was associated with The Weather Channel for over 34 years and is considered one of the founding members of the all-weather television network. He served as a member of the senior leadership team that grew The Weather Channel from a modest cable television network into a top, multi-platform media brand.
In the community, Ban has been an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for over 45 years. He is a Fellow of the Society and holds both the Television and Radio Seal of Approval. Ban was the Commissioner on Professional Affairs for the AMS for six years, served as Councilor for three years and served on the inaugural Steering Committee of the AMS Commission on The Weather and Climate Enterprise. .
Ban is an Alumni Fellow of Penn State University and a Centennial Fellow of its College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He has served as recent past Chair of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, on the Board of Atmospheric Science and Climate of the National Academy of Sciences, and was Chair of the Academy Committee on Effective Communication of Uncertainty in Weather and Climate Forecasts. Ban also served on the Governing Board of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and as President of the Alumni Board of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State. Currently, he is active on several Boards and Committees including Co-Chair of the Weather Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors of the Hydrologic Research Center and chair of the Advisory Board to the Meteorology Department at Penn State.