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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Former KIAH 39 chief meteorologist Keith Monahan lands at KARK 4 Little Rock

Just got some good news from former KIAH 39 chief meteorologist Keith Monahan. Next Monday he will be the new chief meteorologist at KARK 4 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Monahan tells me that he is excited to go to The Natural State.

"From all I've heard and seen, Little Rock's a great city and the weather will be challenging--just like I like it," Monahan told "The staff at KARK has been friendly and supportive in getting me ready for my transition from the Lone Star State and Channel 39."

For 11 years, Monahan was the only chief meteorologist at KIAH 39 in its last incarnation of news. He came to Houston from KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Previously he worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan and KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Monahan's online bio says his forecasts have been recognized by the Texas Associated Press in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008, by the Houston Press Club in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and were judged Best in Texas in 2002 and 2008. In May 2005, Keith was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation in recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts. His coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during 2005 was awarded an Emmy by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received an Emmy Nomination for his coverage of the 2006 Houston Ice Storm.

He graduated from The United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Affairs and American Politics. Following six years of military service, he returned to school and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado.

"My family and I will miss Houston but take with us great memories of all the the Bayou City had to offer (well except for unwanted visitors from the Gulf like Allison and Ike)," Monahan told me. "It's time to start our next adventure! If you're ever in Little Rock, be sure to tune in Chief Keith on KARK."

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