About Us

Public Media Protecting Floridians

Who We Are

FPREN is a public safety and emergency alerting service covering the entire state of Florida through a collective of 14 public media broadcasters. We provide Floridians with the latest information regarding severe weather events including, but not limited to, hurricanes, tropical storms, flooding, wildfires, and freezes. Operating from WUFT-TV/FM at the University of Florida, FPREN provides partner stations with live-action and pre-produced content for all media platforms 24/7/365. FPREN’s broadcast station partners operate with resilient infrastructure to ensure they remain on the air to serve audiences even when when other forms of communication (such as cell phones, internet, and social media) are not operable. FPREN is a critical lifeline when Floridians need it most.

What We Do

FPREN provides timely public safety information during severe weather, tropical cyclones, and other emergency events throughout the state.

Surrounding these events, we promote preparation as well as response and recovery initiatives in close partnership with Emergency Management officials across Florida.

In cooperation with our many government partners, we also provide year-round safety education, along with the information necessary to help residents make crucial decisions to protect their life and property.

The FPREN Team

FPREN’s operational team provides partner stations with vitally important public safety information, in addition to scientific and safety-related content that is unique, highly targeted, and customized to the local station and market. Because FPREN reaches all of Florida on every media platform, this group of highly experienced broadcasters, scientists, and journalists plays a critically important role in providing stations with exactly what their audiences want and need during the most sensitive times.

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Meet the Team

Led by a talented team of meteorologists and multimedia producers,
FPREN is committed to ensuring public broadcast organizations
have the critically important content needed to best serve their local audiences.

Randy Wright

Randy Wright

Randy Wright serves as the Executive Director of the University of Florida’s Division of Media Properties, which is the umbrella organization that operates UF’s public media WUFT-TV, WUFT-FM, WUFT Classic, and GHQ — in addition to commercial television and radio stations WRUF-TV/AM/FM. Wright founded FPREN in 2013, and he continues to serve as an FPREN host during Phase I live coverage of significant events such as Hurricanes Idalia, Ian, Michael, Irma, and many others.

Megan Borowski

Megan Borowski

Megan Borowski is a Senior Meteorologist for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network and has been with the organization since early 2019. A New Jersey native, Borowski completed her B.S. in Meteorology at Rutgers University. While in school, she served as an intern at WNBC in New York. After graduating, Borowski was a freelance meteorologist for ABC Network News in New York, where she produced weather for “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight.” Borowski earned her M.S. at the University of Florida, where she researched high-resolution weather models. While she loves the science of meteorology, Borowski is also devoted to communicating essential forecast information to the public. She is dedicated to the mission of FPREN, which is to keep the public safe and informed during impactful weather events.

Chip Maxham

Chip Maxham

William “Chip” Maxham is an accomplished meteorologist with more than 20 years of experience tracking severe weather and communicating with audiences via television, radio, and digital and social media. Maxham holds a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in atmospheric science from Florida State University, where he focused his studies on tropical weather systems.

Rob Harder