Updated On: Nov 11 2013 07:00:00 PM AKST
David joins the KTUU “Morning Edition” team with 30 years of Broadcast Meteorology experience. He has previously covered a broad variety of weather events with meteorology stints in Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, Minnesota and most recently, 15 years of cold weather coverage in Wisconsin.
David is currently the only Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) on television in Alaska. The Certified Broadcast Meteorologist program was established to raise the professional standard of broadcast meteorology and to encourage a broader range of scientific understanding. To acquire CBM certification, applicants must complete an extensive math and science-based curriculum for meteorology as well as pass a rigorous written exam. Candidates are thoroughly reviewed for technical competence, informational and explanatory value and communication skills.
David’s meteorology career began in 1983 at KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas while he was still a senior at Baylor University. After earning his degree, David remained at KWTX for 4 years before moving to KOTV-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Tulsa, David was able to collaborate on research with meteorologists from the University of Oklahoma and complete Doppler radar training at the prestigious National Severe Storms Laboratory.
David’s experience working in “tornado alley“ during the 1980’s certainly allowed him a chance to hone his severe weather skills, but it was his next stint at KVOS-TV in Bellingham, Washington that provided his first experience working in a cold weather climate. In Washington, David was frequently tasked with forecasting the impact of strong winter storms - both from the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Alaska – which were often responsible for creating mountains of snow, dangerous river flooding and significant wind events.
In 1990, David moved from Washington to KVIA-TV in El Paso, during which time he continued his meteorological education with graduate level coursework in the Atmospheric Sciences. David eventually left the extreme West Texas heat behind (who could blame him!?) and moved north once again – to KSTP-TV in Minneapolis. There, he had access to the very best forecasting tools and equipment of the time. Minneapolis offered him the chance to continue forecasting and covering life-threatening spring and summer weather as well as adding a new meteorology expertise to his skill set - bitter air masses from the Arctic and horrendous snow, ice and blizzards.
Prior to joining Channel 2 News in October, 2012, David spent 15 years as the Chief Meteorologist at WMTV-TV in Madison, Wisconsin. David made an indelible mark on the community in Madison with heavy involvement in local events, public speaking, school lectures and non-profit work, including a long-time role as President of the Autism Society of Greater Madison.
David is married to Dana George and they have one daughter, Gabriella.
When not studying, forecasting or presenting weather, David enjoys family activities, golf, travel, home renovation and providing leadership for numerous Autism Society projects.
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