I am honored to be North Dakota's only Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) since 2005, the highest distinction from the American Meteorological Society.
I've also been awarded the NWA television seal of approval. I have five Emmys, and have been nominated 11 times since 2005.
My earliest thoughts in life were centered on the weather. There was no guessing all through childhood when I "grew up", my job had to involve some aspect of weather. I'm often asked why I like snow so much. The answer comes from living in Los Angeles the first 13 years of my life, where it never snowed. I remember staring at snow-capped mountains east of my house wondering what it would be like to live where it snowed! That dream became a reality when I moved to Kansas City in 1984. Fourteen years later, North Dakota became my new home. What better place than right here to experience all types of weather! Although I enjoy wind-whipped snow storms, I also like hot and dry weather, and everything in between.
Family is very important to me. My wife LuWanna is a North Dakota native. My three children, Brandon, and twins Logan and Kelsey are the joys of my life and were born here in the Peace Garden State. Happiness to me is spending time with them and watching them grow up.
My favorite sports teams are the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals, and Twins.
My credentials include the CBM designation from the American Meteorological Society, and the National Weather Association Broadcast Seal of Approval. I have a degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas with special emphasis on flash flood-producing thunderstorms and winter storms.
I have five Emmy Awards, competing with fellow meteorologists in larger cities such as Minneapolis and Des Moines. An Emmy in weather is not categorized by market size, meaning the competition is combined regionally. I've been nominated 11 times.
Emmy Awards, "Weather - Weathercast", National Television Academy, Upper Midwest Chapter - 2015, 2012 and 2011.
Emmy Awards, "On Camera Talent: Weather Anchor", National Television Academy, Upper Midwest Chapter - 2007 and 2005.
Emmy Nominations, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011(2), 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2005.
Group Recipient Emmy Awards, "Best Local Newscast", National Television Academy, Upper Midwest Chapter - 2009, 2007 and 2001.
" First Place – Best Weather Person", North Dakota Broadcast Association - 2015, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2003 and 2001. "Award of Merit", 2012 and 2011.
" First Place", Northwest Broadcast News Association, best small market weather in a multi-state area (IA, MN, ND, NE, SD, WI) - 2010, 2008, 2005 and 2004. "Award of Merit", 2014, 2012, 2009 and 2002.
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