Bob received his degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in 1979 and started his career in 1980 at Weather Central, a Madison based private weather consulting firm specializing in forecasts for ski areas, agri-business, power utilities, the Wisconsin TV Network and over 40 other radio and TV stations nationwide.
Weather Central, under the leadership of broadcast meteorologist Terry Kelly, developed one of the first television weather graphic computers. Bob was on staff during the debut of a television weather graphic system based on one of the first Apple personal computers in 1980. Over the years at Weather Central he would witness the rapid development of new generations of weather graphics systems that revolutionized the television weather broadcast industry.
Weather Central also provided weather broadcast services to WKOW-TV. Bob was a broadcast meteorologist at WKOW during weekends and weekday mornings through the 1980’s. In addition to his broadcast duties, Bob was promoted to General Manager and then in later years to Vice President at Weather Central.
Bob became the Chief Meteorologist at WKOW-TV in 1989, a position he has held ever since. He was recently presented with the Wisconsin Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Silver Circle Honor is given to broadcasters who make continuous, lasting contributions to their industry and community for more than 25 years.
He is a member of the American Meteorological Society Station Scientist Committee. The committee encourages broadcast meteorologist’s to be the “station scientist” and educate the public in weather related subjects, including climate change. Bob believes strongly in climate change education. In addition to talking to his viewers about climate change during his broadcasts, he also has given numerous presentations to school, civic, and faith based groups. He is a member of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, a non-profit and non-partisan organization focused on national policies to address solutions to climate change.
Bob and his wife Sheryl have three adult children; Robin, Brandon, and Dilame and three grandchildren; Hailey, Caitlyn, and Julianna.