Meteorologist JD Rudd

Email: jd.rudd@wews.com
Twitter: @jdrudd
Facebook: fb.com/MeteorologistJDRudd

Birthplace: Salina, KS

Education: Broadcasting degree from Minot State University and a Meteorologist Certificate from Mississippi State University. So, I went to MSU twice!

Current Position/Job Duties: Good Morning Cleveland Meteorologist

Previous Work Experience: I battled the cold and snow of North Dakota for nearly seven years. Then I moved back to my home state and tracked severe weather, spending six years in Wichita, KS and then three years in Kansas City, MO. Before I got into television, I was a radio DJ and music director for a station in North Dakota.

Joined News 5: Fall of 2016

Most Memorable Stories: Memorial Day weekend of 2008, we had over 500 severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings issued as severe weather blew up over the plains of Kansas. We worked pretty much non-stop for four days updating and tracking everything. A few years later, we had strong rotation (a radar indicated tornado) pass right over our studios and the whole building was forced to seek shelter…while we were on air. Some intense moments for the staff and the viewers.
When I worked in Minot, ND, we had an early season snowstorm dump nearly 10 inches of snow in early October. It pretty much shut down the town; and they are no strangers to snow!
While in Kansas City, we were the official meteorologists for the Kansas City Royals. I got to spend a lot of time at the stadium and was featured on the “big screen” every weekend. Pretty cool.

Awards/Honors: I picked up an Emmy award for “Best on-air Weather Talent” in October of 2016. It was my first time ever submitting to the  Emmys. I also was awarded best weathercast by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2013 as well as being part of the best newscast in the state. In 2007, I was named best weatherperson in the state of North Dakota. I have also been honored with several different forecasting awards and on-air story work while in North Dakota.

Role Models: I grew up watching Merrill Teller in Wichita and thought it would always be neat to be a TV meteorologist. Little would I know that I would go on to compete against him briefly decades later. I also have been a science geek most of my life, so people like Bill Nye and Paul Zaloom were big influencers in my pursuit of science.

Favorite Music: Anything from the 80s; especially hair bands. I do enjoy a fair amount of 90s music as well

Favorite Program: Forensic Files, any mystery program, & Lost are certainly on my list

Favorite Foods: BBQ and Pizza

Family: I am recently married (to a wonderful woman named Alyson). She keeps me balanced and I truly cannot imagine my life without her. God has blessed me with an amazing woman. We look forward to growing our family in the near future.

Hobbies & Interests: Tech stuff. Anything with gadgets and gizmos. I have been known to root my phones, tinker with computers, and rock a mean session of Guitar Hero

Something people don’t know about me: I am shy by nature. Truly. I used to be terribly shy as a kid. It’s nothing short of a miracle I am able to do my job!

What I like best about NE Ohio: Living this close to the Lake! I know it’s going to be two-fold, but I am ready for the challenge and the reward.

You’re most likely to see me around town at: Some sort of restaurant. Or perhaps an electronics store. Church on Sundays. Other than that, I’ll likely be sleeping!

On weekends I love to: Get out and explore. Watch a little football too (I used to work weekends, so I’m excited to have days off with everyone else). It’s also key to spend time in The Word every day of the week; get in touch with me if you have any questions.

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