Multi Emmy Award-Winning Chief Meteorologist with American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association Television Seals of Approval
My earliest thoughts in life were centered on the weather. There was no guessing through childhood I wanted a career that involved meteorology. 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 doesn't snow. I remember staring at snow-capped mountains to the east 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 exciting weather! Although I enjoy wind-whipped snow storms, I also like hot and dry weather, and everything in between. My second favorite place is southern Utah, where my mother and sister reside.
Besides meteorology, I love aviation. If I could have accomplished anything else in my life, it would have been to be a commercial airline pilot. My goal is to still get my certificate to fly as a private pilot. It's never too late!
Family is very important to me. My wife LuWanna is a North Dakota native. We have three children - Brandon, and twins Logan and Kelsey, born here in the Peace Garden State. Happiness to me is spending time with them and vacationing together.
My favorite sports teams are the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota 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 received six 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 12 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 - 2017, 2007 and 2005.
Emmy Nominations, 2017, 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 - 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2003 and 2001. "Award of Merit", 2012 and 2011.
" First Place", Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, best small market weather in a multi-state area (IA, MN, ND, NE, SD, WI) - 2017, 2010, 2008, 2005 and 2004. "Award of Merit", 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2009 and 2002.
“First Place”, Great Plains Associated Press, Best Weather-cast - 2018, 2017. “Award of Merit”, 2019
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