November 21, 2007
KING 5 Welcomes Back Acclaimed Meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell
SEATTLE, WASH. KING 5 is forecasting a bright future with the return of meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell to its news team December 17. O'Donnell, a Seattle native, comes from San Francisco Bay area NBC affiliate KNTV. During her six years forecasting morning and mid-day weather for KNTV, she also provided local weather cut-ins for the Today Show and vacation relief for Early Today and MSNBC.
"I am thrilled to have a meteorologist the caliber of Shannon return to KING 5," said Vice President/Station Manager Pat Costello. "And, because she was born and raised in Seattle, she totally understands the unique challenges in forecasting Northwest weather."
O'Donnell will join the Northwest's top-rated KING 5 news team, ranking #1 in each time period it airs. She will anchor weather on KING 5 News at 10:00 p.m. and work on NorthWest Cable News weeknights.
O'Donnell brings extensive credentials to the KING 5 First Alert weather team. She earned a bachelor's degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington and worked for seven years with UW/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) before starting her broadcast career. Her work included studies designed to improve forecasting and aid in understanding storm development over the ocean.
After interning at KING 5 with Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner, O'Donnell was staff meteorologist for KOMO TV in Seattle, where she prepared prime-time forecasts and graphics for evening weather segments. She joined Belo station NorthWest Cable News in 1995 and moved to KING 5 in 1998.
O'Donnell has been honored with numerous awards for her weather reporting, including "Best Meteorologist" by the Golden Gate Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television in 2005 and 2006. She has been featured in Men's Health magazine and is part of an Emmy-winning morning news team at KNTV TV.
Hailing from the Sammamish plateau and a graduate of Redmond High School, O'Donnell is thrilled to come home to the Northwest. She had relocated to San Francisco with husband Peter, who was hired there as an equities trader for Bank of America. "Everyone in San Francisco knew I was the 'reluctant Californian'," said O'Donnell. "One time I wore some sparkly shoes to work and our evening anchor joked that I'd better not click my heels or poof! I'd end up back home." O'Donnell's husband Peter is pursuing graduate work at the University of Washington. The couple has one and two-year-old sons Jack and Nicholas. In her spare time, O'Donnell enjoys running, walking on the beach, gardening and skiing. Other interests include cooking, reading and studying interior design.
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