Bobby Payne, "Tornado Magnet," began his affiliation with NEWS 9 as a StormTracker with the June 8, 1995 mile-wide tornadoes near the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle border. Since that time he has fearlessly chased countless tornadoes providing residents of Oklahoma with critical life saving information. This includes the outbreak of tornadoes on May 3, 1999.
As a NEWS 9 StormTracker, Bobby is fulfilling his life-long passion to serve the public. He believes without live severe storm reports from the field being broadcast to the public - people could die. A radar image can speak thousands of words, but a live report speaks millions to help the public, National Weather Service, and Emergency Management agencies visualize the intensity and size of a tornado.
"If lives are saved from the risk I take, my entire media storm tracking career has been worth it!" StormTracker Bobby Payne said.
Bobby's interest with weather started at a very young age by being totally amazed by the power of severe storms. He remembers many times as a child being awakened in the middle of the night with howling storm winds blowing, claps of thunder rumbling through the night air and his dad running to tell him wake up and let's get to the cellar.
Bobby was born and grew up in Durant where he graduated from Durant High School in 1984. After graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. Bobby has a Masters degree in Business Administration and is an entrepreneur by starting a video production company.
In addition to his busy schedule, he loves spending time with his wife Millie and son, Michael. He is also an active member at Council Road Baptist Church.
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