Carl Lam is currently an Endorsed Weathercaster by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society meteorologist with two Canadian radio stations and continues to work in television as a traveling freelance meteorologist across TEGNA and is based in Cleveland with recent stints in Atlanta, Denver, and Tampa Bay.
Since 2018, he has been a weekend meteorologist with CityNews 680 in Toronto, Ontario and since 2022, he became the midday meteorologist with CityNews 1130 in Vancouver, British Columbia and can be heard every weekday.
He currently serves as a freelance meteorologist with WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio covering all shifts at the station on both weekdays and weekends, a role he started in October 2023. He previously worked for and joined WGRZ-TV and Storm Team 2 in 2016 as a fill-in meteorologist and was later promoted to weekend meteorologist in 2021 until leaving that role in October of 2023.
During his time with Storm Team 2, he covered several significant winter storms, including the historic Buffalo Blizzard of 2022. He was the only meteorologist at WGRZ-TV during the Friday afternoon and evening of the blizzard. He produced and anchored all extended weather hits during that Friday and was stuck in Buffalo until the Monday after the blizzard. He also covered 2 other significant lake effect snowstorms in 2022 and contributed to the Winter Weather Outlook each year.
Additionally, he has provided additional weather coverage for other TEGNA owned stations including WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, WTSP-TV in Tampa, Florida, KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado, WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, and WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Within Canada, he has provided additional weather coverage for Calgary, Kitchener, hurricane/tropical storm coverage of Dorian, Fiona, and Lee for Halifax, has filled in at CITY-DT in Toronto and CKVU-DT in Vancouver. He has also appeared internationally on BBC World News, BBC News, and BBC Radio 5 Live.
Previous roles include fill-in meteorologist at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York from 2019 to 2020, fill-in meteorologist at WHEC-TV from 2020 to 2021, and fill-in traffic anchor with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, appearing on WGRZ-TV, from 2014 to 2019. He was on-air host for WNED-FM, the classical music station serving Western New York and Southern Ontario, from 2013 to 2018, filled in as a Program Host from 2018 to 2021 on WBFO-FM, the NPR affiliate, and on-air pledge talent on all platforms from 2013 to 2022.
As a higher education professional, he works full-time as a Resource Analyst in the Office of Resource Planning at the University at Buffalo working with academic and academic support units on budget forecasting and planning. From 2016 to 2022, he worked as a Senior Academic Advisor, specializing in Prehealth Advising, in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. He advised hundreds of undergraduate students seeking admission to professional health schools and coordinated the semi-annual screening and evaluation process. At UB, he has served on a number of search committees, is a member of the Professional Staff Senate's Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Professional Staff Senate's Awards Committee, and serves on the Carbon Pricing Committee.
During his 8-year teaching career, he served on the faculty at the University at Buffalo in the Department of English and School of Management, Medaille University, Southern New Hampshire University, Fredonia, and was an Associate Lecturer with the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. He has taught over 600 students during his time in the classroom, both on the ground and in-person. He has taught 16 different classes including Sound Design, Podcasting, Public Speaking, Group Communication, and Social Media Strategy,
He began study on the violin at the age of 4 with Greta Buck. Today, he is an active violinist in the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania area by holding membership in 3 orchestral ensembles. He currently plays as a regular substitute violinist with the Erie Philharmonic, as a section violinist with the Clarence Summer Orchestra, and occasionally tours with Elton Rohn, the Elton John Tribute Band, in the United States as the lead of the string section. He has played with other groups including the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Southern Tier Symphony, and was formerly a contract member of the, now defunct, Erie Chamber Orchestra. Previous violin teachers include David Colwell, Amy Glidden, Cyrus Beroukhim, and Hanna Hurwitz. He also studied conducting under the guidance of Dr. Rachel Lauber.
As an artist-administrator, he is expanding his roles in administration of musical ensembles. In 2023, he was appointed Personnel Manager for the Clarence Summer Orchestra, a four week 55-member professional orchestra performing in the Clarence Town Park. He has served as Chair of the Search Committee for a new Conductor/Music Director for the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra and he co-chaired a year-long search for the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra for their new conductor/music director. He also served as the General Manager of the UB Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2022 and is a contractor with Buffalo Opera Unlimited and Westminster Presbyterian Church. He also completed the Essentials of Orchestra Management Program through the League of American Orchestras in 2018.
In his spare time, he volunteers his time to various nonprofit organizations. He volunteers his time with Hospice and Palliative Care of Western New York and with Science Olympiad for the Lake Erie Region. From 2015 to 2022, he was a board member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and coordinated educational engagement programs and social media platforms. He has also served on the boards of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, Fredonia Alumni Association, and the Buffalo Presidential Center. He is also a past president of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and served in that role for four years from 2019 to 2023 and previously served in a board member role from 2011 to 2015.
His current academic pursuit includes the Master of Engineering (ME) in Engineering Management in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo with an expected graduation of May 2024.
He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the School of Management at the University at Buffalo and an Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Washington University in St. Louis in Missouri in 2023. He also earned a Master of Education (EdM) in Higher Education Administration and a Master of Music (MM) in Music Performance from the University at Buffalo in 2016 and 2018, respectively. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Applied Music and Journalism along with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Audio/Radio Production from Fredonia in 2014. Additionally, he earned his Broadcast Meteorology Certificate from Mississippi State University in August of 2018, has completed advanced coursework in Communication from the University at Buffalo, and earned the Certificate of Advanced Study in Professional Writing and Digital Communication from the Department of English.
He was named to Buffalo Business First's 30 Under 30 Class of 2022 for his achievement and community involvement, an international finalist in the World's Challenge Challenge Competition in 2021, and was awarded the Lanford Presidential Prize from SUNY Fredonia and the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence by the SUNY system, both in 2014. He also attended the Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation in December 2023. In February 2024, he became a Certified Change Practitioner from Prosci, one of the most recognized in change management. He also studied abroad in Singapore and Vietnam in January of 2024 through the School of Management at UB. He holds membership in various professional organizations including the National Weather Association, American Meteorological Society, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the American Federation of Musicians, the Society for College and University Planning, the American Society of Engineering Management, the National Association of Asian American Professionals, and the Asian American Journalists Association.
Outside of work, he is a self-proclaimed epicure and travels across the country to dine at Michelin Star restaurants with favorites including Kali in Los Angeles, Smyth in Chicago, and Gramercy Tavern in New York City. He runs an Instagram account dedicated to food called @clamchopsandlambakes.