Don Harman has been meteorologist for FOX 4 News from 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. since April 1999. He helps Kansas Citians prepare for their day by providing accurate up-to-the-minute weather forecasts each weekday morning. Don has more than 15 years of broadcasting experience, including the “Superstorm” of 1993, and the Kansas City tornado outbreak of May 2003.
At a very young age, Don became interested in weather and how it impacts people’s daily lives. Growing up in Ohio along the Ohio River, Don was witness to various extreme weather events. He remembers one winter in the late 70’s when forceful blizzards blew through the East Coast. That’s when Don knew weather would be an important part of his future.
After graduating from Miami of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and a minor in geography, Don began working in television as meteorologist for WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, West Virginia. In 1994, Don moved to Mason City, Iowa where he served as the morning and noon meteorologist at KIMT-TV, eventually becoming the station’s chief meteorologist. Don was the morning and noon meteorologist at WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia before joining Fox 4.
Don is a member of the American Meteorologist Society (AMS) and was awarded the AMS and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seals of Approval. The award is given to broadcast meteorologists who display an excellence in presenting their weather programs to viewers in a manner that enhances the science of meteorology.
Throughout his years in television, Don has played an active role in the communities in which he worked. He has a passion for educating children about science and enjoys teaching them about weather with his Doppler Don segments. In 2001, he was nominated for an Emmy and was a Missouri Broadcast Award winner for his educational childrens’ reports as Doppler Don. The best part of teaching weather for Don is seeing the kids’ eyes light up when they realize science can be fun.
When he’s not forecasting the weather or working with children, Don enjoys spending time outdoors. His favorite activities include hiking, camping, and skiing. Don, his wife, Monica, and their daughter, Avery, live in Kansas City, Mo.