A born adventurer and enthusiast of all things science, wonder and curiosity, Acadiana’s Storm Team Meteorologist Jordan Sandler is proud to return to Cajun Country, to the friendliest people in America.
A native of Seattle and graduate of the University of Oregon, it was Jordan’s original passion for college football that attracted him to the sports crazy culture of Southwest Louisiana, taking a sports anchor job at KPLC in Lake Charles. His life and interests would forever change on his first day of work: August 29th, 2005…the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Four weeks later, the even more powerful Hurricane Rita took direct aim on Lake Charles. Despite a mandatory evacuation, Jordan and his television crew stayed behind to keep a 24/7 broadcast on the air. Jordan was one of the last reporters standing outside before Rita made landfall, leaving swaths of Lake Charles under 6 feet of water and causing $12 billion of damage region wide. Jordan slept on the floor of KPLC’s television station for the next month as electricity, plumbing and normalcy gradually returned.
Before earning his Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, Jordan worked as the Night side News Reporter for WIS-TV in Columbia, SC, and then moved to Los Angeles, where he focused his passion for storytelling into multiple films and television shows. His proudest achievement was a hosting an award-winning documentary in which he taught autistic kids how to tango dance as a form of experimental therapy.
Best day of his life: Filming on the 50-yard line for the Monday Night Football reopening of the Superdome in 2006.
Philosophy on life: “It’s so important, to make someone happy. Make just one someone happy. And you will be happy too.” Live every day with attitude and gratitude. Be a conduit for positive energy and pass it on.
Contact Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.