NewsChannel 21 Meteorologist
Born in Colorado in May of 1989, I grew up watching a wide variety of weather through four very distinctive seasons. My passion for weather was sparked one late evening, in the heart of winter, before a highly anticipated snowstorm, my family was sitting at home watching the local weatherman on TV.
I watched as he talked about the approaching cold front and described the stream of moist warm air possibly bringing record breaking snowfall to the region. I smiled hoping for a snow day from school, it was exciting! At that moment, in that excitement, while I watched the weatherman point at the brightly colored moving graphics on the screen, I decided I wanted to be a meteorologist. I was 12 years old.
Through the rest of my public schooling I worked hard, taking all the math and science courses I could. When I graduated, I attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. While there, I landed an internship in Denver, Colo. under Mike Nelson, the same weatherman I had been watching when I was inspired to pursue my career. The two years I spent in my internship have so far been the most valuable experience in my professional life.
Beginning my junior year, I started working at DayWeather, Inc., forecasting for multiple newspapers nationwide as well as recording radio weather hits to be broadcasted across the Midwest. It was here where I gain much of my confidence, ability, and experience as a meteorologist.
Finally, during the start of my second semester of my senior year in college, I accepted a part time position as the weekend meteorologist at the CBS station in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Upon receiving my BS in Meteorology in May of 2011, I was hired on full time. My new duties included reporting on the weekdays, in addition to my weekend position.
A year later, I left Cheyenne and came to Bend. I arrived at NewsChannel 21 in June of 2012, and I am thrilled to be finally working in the great state of Oregon (a place I consider to be my career destination). Bend is a beautiful city and Central Oregon is a diverse region, with hundreds of micro climates I’m very happy to be forecasting for!
In September of 2014, I received the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation as a professional recognition of the quality of my weather broadcasts. To receive this designation, my education background was reviewed, I passed a rigorous written examination and had my on-air work reviewed to assess the graphical content of my broadcasts, as well as my explanation and presentation abilities. I am happy and honored to have received one of the highest levels of recognition in my field of work.
I can be reached at Travis.Knudsen@KTVZ.com
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