Dave Freeman is the Chief Meteorologist of the KSN Storm Tracker 3 Weather Center. He can be seen weeknights on KSN News at 5 and 6 and 10 p.m., and of course right here on KSN.com. His weathercasts have the Seal of Approval of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. Dave holds a certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, has taken advanced coursework from MSU, and has undergone special training in NEXRAD Doppler Radar.
Dave received the Distinguished Service Award for 2016 from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, recognizing more than 40 years in broadcasting and service to the community. As the winner of this Award, Dave is also automatically inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Dave served as the 41st President of the National Weather Association, in 2016. As Immediate Past President, he remains on the NWA governing Council, and he also is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Weather Association Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and grants to students and teachers in atmospheric science. Dave is also the only person ever recognized two times as Broadcaster of the Year by the NWA. His coverage of the Greensburg tornado in May of 2007 was recognized with the NWA 2008 Broadcaster of the Year Award. Dave first won the award in 1992. Dave previously served two terms as a member of the governing Council of the NWA. He has also served as NWA national Broadcast Meteorology Chairman, as Broadcast Seal Chairman, and on a variety of NWA committees.
Dave’s work on KSN has received a number of other awards. Dave and Stephanie Bergmann anchored live coverage of President Bush’s address to the graduates of Greensburg High School, which earned honors from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Best Single Topic News Coverage in 2008. The KAB also gave top honors to KSN for Special Program for “Greensburg, One Year Later,” which Dave co-anchored.
Dave has earned an Emmy award for environmental reporting, and was part of team coverage that won a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for coverage of dangerous train derailment and chemical spill.
In addition to his work on KSN, he has been recognized for his severe weather coverage on radio. He was part of teams honored with the 1999 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Award for Best Radio In-Depth Reporting for coverage of the May 3, 1999, tornado that struck Wichita and south-central Kansas; a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 1998 by the Radio-Television News Directors Association for radio coverage of urban flooding that struck Wichita in 1997; and Best Radio Spot News in Kansas from the Associated Press in 1996 for coverage of a tornado near Pretty Prairie, Kansas.
Dave is one of the few journalists to have flown with the Air Force Reserve’s Hurricane Hunters. He had the privilege of flying through the eye of Hurricane Andrew (six times, no less!). Dave also covered Hurricane Hugo when it slammed into South Carolina, providing live satellite reports from the coast. Dave has also chased tornadoes with researchers from the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. In addition to anchoring the weather, Dave has also co-written a children’s book on storms, and a severe weather safety brochure for teenagers.
In addition, Dave serves on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as an online Lecturer, in the Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences Department.
Dave is happily married and has three great kids, one great son in law and one great daughter in law. Dave is also a PADI SCUBA diving Instructor, a Diveheart.org Handicapped SCUBA Instructor, and a CPR and first aid Instructor. He also enjoys driving his antique Cadillac!
Photo by Don Birmingham Photography