Dennis Bowman was Chief Meteorologist at WIBW-TV from September of 2000 to September of 2003, before returning to Pittsburgh, PA. Dennis has enjoyed a 31-year career in weather with stops in Kansas, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. In 1986, he was the first broadcaster in Pennsylvania to receive the National Weather Service's Public Service Award and received it again in 1997. He is accredited by the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
Dennis is currently working as an "edu-tainer". He does weather
education talks, combining ventriloquism entertainment and various props, including a lightning generator, videos, and a tornado simulator. He goes to elementary and middle schools, senior citizen meetings, banquets, libraries, and other civic functions. He primarily stays within 150 miles of Pittsburgh, but has traveled to Washington, D.C., and other locations to present programs. He is also working part-time as a fill-in meteorologist for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
When Dennis began working at WIBW-TV, the station was still located on the Menninger campus and the building was badly in need of repair. Dennis remembers how the roof leaked when it rained and how he held an umbrella while working in the weather center to keep himself and the equipment dry. He also remembers the warm response he received from people in NE Kansas as he traveled through the area.
Dennis and his wife, Debbie, live in Pittsburgh and have two daughters.