October 8, 2009
KGW NewsChannel 8 Adds Meteorologist Rod Hill to the First Alert Storm Team
PORTLAND, OR - KGW NewsChannel 8 announced today that area meteorologist Rod Hill will join the station's weather team. The First Alert Storm Team is led by Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino and includes morning meteorologist Nick Allard and Jim Donovan on weekend mornings.
Rod Hill will bring his award-winning forecasting to weekend evenings. Hill will also provide viewers with special reports on weather and science for both KGW and kgw.com. Additionally, Hill will provide vacation relief to other members of the First Alert Storm Team.
"We're thrilled that we could bring Rod's outstanding experience to our team," said DJ Wilson, president and general manager of KGW. "It is an incredible opportunity. With his understanding of Northwest weather added to our meteorologist group, viewers will be able to rely on the highest level of forecasting expertise every day and in every newscast. We know that area viewers have missed Rod and they can look forward to seeing him back on the air soon."
Rod Hill's forecasting career has spanned more than 20 years, taking him from the hurricanes of south Texas to the lake effect snows of Michigan, the tornadoes of the Ohio valley, to the hard to predict weather of the Pacific Northwest.
Arriving in the Northwest in 1999, Hill has been honored many times for his excellence in forecasting and broadcast delivery. His forecasting achievements include two Emmy awards for best meteorologist and three Associated Press awards for best weathercast in Oregon.
Rod grew up in Missouri and graduated from Mizzou. He later earned his certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State. Soon after, Rod earned the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He later served on the NWA certification board for more than five years.
Rod Hill will be seen on the air on KGW NewsChannel 8 beginning in early December.
KGW-TV is part of Belo Corp (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, with 2008 annual revenue of $733 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com.