Sean McLaughlin

Silver Circle Class of 2020


Sean McLaughlin is much more than just the familiar face of a news organization. He is a consummate professional, a talented journalist, and newsroom leader for over 25 years as well as being a dedicated family man. On weekday mornings, you can find him hustling his four children to school, a bit bleary-eyed from lack of sleep. But at night, you can find the veteran broadcast journalist serving multiple news/weather anchor roles for 3TV & CBS 5, Arizona’s Family. 

He comes in with multiple story ideas every day and contributes to the content on a consistent basis. One of the things Sean is known for is his "performance" at the twice yearly all station meetings with the corporate bosses. After the presentation from the big wigs is over and the floor is opened up for questions, every head twists and turns to seek out where Sean is sitting, knowing he has all of their backs and will ask the question everyone else wants but is afraid to ask. 

Career highlights include his stint as MSNBC's main meteorologist and Sunday weather anchor on NBC's "Weekend TODAY Show.” He appeared on all NBC platforms during the record-breaking hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, including non-stop coverage of “Hurricane Katrina” as it made landfall. Sean also has the distinction of anchoring weather on two network, weekday morning broadcasts, filling in for Al Roker over 90 times on NBC’s “TODAY SHOW.” Sean served as a fill-in meteorologist on “The EARLY SHOW” on CBS and has covered multiple Olympic Games, Super Bowls and is now a ten-time Emmy Award Recipient for both news and weather. He also maintains his Broadcast Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association. 

Sean represents the best of the best in our business.  But, he is reminded daily that the real star of the family is his amazing wife Emily, who he met at the 1995 Phoenix Open. A true Arizona love story for a true Arizona treasure.