Member of the AMS and the NWA. AMS Seal holder #1741
AMS sealed Meteorologist with superior forecasting skills and numerous years of severe weather coverage. JD is a relaxed and comfortable personality able to effectively tell a story and relate to the viewers. He is also highly skilled in the creation and development of various on-air weather graphics.
Weekday Morning Meteorologist – WEWS (ABC 5), Cleveland, Ohio, 2016 – Present
Anchor and produce dynamic, informative daily morning weather forecasts for Northeast Ohio. Forecast complex lake effect snow events as well as Spring thunderstorms. Daily creation of enhanced weather graphics, web forecast videos, and radio forecasts for local partners.
Weekend PM & Wed-Fri Midday Meteorologist – KSHB (NBC 41), Kansas City, Missouri, 2013 – 2016
Anchor and produce dynamic, informative weather forecasts for the area. Daily use of social media, blog & website updates, video editing and graphic producing. Primary fill-in for Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak as well as for morning meteorologist.
9p & 10p Weeknight Meteorologist – KSAS (FOX 4) & KSNW (NBC 3), Wichita, Kansas, 2011 – 2013
Weekend Meteorologist – KSNW (NBC 3), 2008 – 2011
Anchor, produce, & yes, live-switch weather segments for all weeknight newscasts (using an AMX tablet to control cameras & sources live on air). Responsible for short & long-form severe weather coverage across a large viewing area (77 counties, three states, two time zones). Served as lead graphics developer for HD conversion. Update station website, social media, radio weather forecasts, and mobile alerts daily. Moved the 10p newscast up 50% in viewership in the Nov ‘11 ratings book; largest growth in KSN history. Highly skilled with WSI Max system.
Weather Director – KMOT (NBC 10), Minot, North Dakota, 2006 – 2008
Anchored and produced weeknight weather for 6p & 10p newscasts. Most forecasts done live, outside on “Weather Deck”. Backyard BBQ liveshots during summer months. Provided daily weather forecasts for local newspaper. Created and maintained weather graphics & graphics playout system.
Weekend Weather Anchor & News Reporter – KXMC (CBS 13), Minot, North Dakota, 2004 – 2006
Anchored and produced weather for weekend evening newscasts while filling-in for Chief Meteorologist as needed. Assisted and covered various severe weather events, including blizzards. Used WXC system.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Weather forecasting, Severe weather coverage, Radar interpretation, Social media, WSI Storm Max, WXC Fusion, Baron FasTrack, Public speaking, Microsoft Programs, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Premiere.
Minot State University – Minot, North Dakota, Bachelor of Arts – Broadcasting
Mississippi State University – Starkville, Mississippi, Broadcast Meteorology
2016 Mid-America Emmy Awards: Winner for TV Weather Talent (KSHB-TV)
2013 Kansas Association of Broadcasters: 1st Place Weathercast- FOX Kansas (KSAS-TV)
2013 & 2012 Kansas Association of Broadcasters: 1st Place Newscast- FOX Kansas (KSAS-TV)
2007 North Dakota Broadcasters Association: Weatherperson of The Year – KMOT News (KMOT-TV)
*References available upon request*