KSN Chief Meteorologist
Dave Freeman is the Chief Meteorologist of the KSN PinPoint Weather Center. He can be seen weeknights on KSN News at 5 and 6 p.m. 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 by the company that builds the NEXRAD Radars.
Dave is the first person ever recognized two times as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association. 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 has been elected to a second term as a member of the governing Council of the NWA. And, he has also served as NWA national Broadcast Meteorology Chairman, and as Broadcast Seal Chairman.
Dave's work on KSN has received a number of other awards. Dave and other KSN staff were honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Best Single Topic News Coverage in 2008 for the live coverage of President Bush's address to the graduates of Greensburg High School. The KAB also gave top honors to KSN for Special Program for "Greensburg, One Year Later," which Dave co-anchored with Anita Cochran.
Dave has earned a regional Emmy award for environmental reporting and 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.
Dave also has had considerable experience in reporting on environmental issues. His work has won several awards, including an Emmy from the Dayton-Cincinnati-Columbus Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His continuing coverage of the radon gas story won top honors for Ohio from the Cleveland Press Club. He became one of the first journalists in the Midwest, if not the nation, to actually earn certification as a hazardous materials worker. He used that training to bring viewers an inside look at an abandoned factory, which was contaminated with asbestos.
Dave is happily married and has three great kids. Dave is also a PADI SCUBA diving Instructor, and an Emergency First Response (CPR and first aid) Instructor. He also enjoys driving his antique Cadillac!
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Cloudy with bitter wind chills. Chance of some flurries or light snow. Some light fluffy accumulation possible. Lo: 12 Wind: NE 10-20
Cloudy with dangerous wind chills. Some flurries or light snow. Some light fluffy accumulations. Lo: 7 Wind: N 8-18
Flurries and light snow but just a little fluffy accumulation. Cloudy with dangerous wind chills. Lo: 3 Wind: NE 8-18
- Clouds may break at times. Dangerous wind chills. Maybe a flurry. Lo: -2 Wind: NE 5-15
The KSN meteorologists track incoming weather systems that will affect Wichita and all of Kansas.