Dennis is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from Southwest High School there. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Northwest Missouri State University and later earned his meteorology certification through Mississippi State University.
What transpired was a 35-year television weather career that took Dennis to KODE-TV, Joplin, Missouri, KQ-TV, St. Joseph, Missouri, WTVW-TV, Evansville, Indiana, WSTM-TV, Syracuse, New York, WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh, PA, and WIBW-TV, Topeka, Kansas.
Along the way, he dealt with a variety of weather challenges including tornado outbreaks, microbursts, intense lake effect snow events, coastal nor ‘easter blizzards and devastating river and flash flood situations. This has provided a broad base of weather knowledge for Dennis to work from and to share with others.
Throughout his broadcast career, Dennis Bowman has been a dedicated public servant. In 1986, he became the first broadcaster in Pennsylvania to receive the National Weather Service’s Public Service Award. He received this honor again in 1997 for special reports dedicated to severe weather safety.
As a versatile television personality, Dennis has filled many other roles apart from weather forecasting. In Syracuse, he hosted “Bowling for Dollars” and a daily children’s program “The STM Club.” He emceed the Miss Syracuse and Miss New York Pageants, 1983-1985. The first woman he crowned was a 20-year-old named Vanessa Williams.
An accomplished ventriloquist, Dennis has been in demand for thousands of entertainment ventures from educational school assemblies to AARP meetings, civic and church functions, fairs, festivals and corporate seminars.
The parents of two grown daughters, Dennis and his wife Debbie make their home in Bellevue.
Dennis is accredited by the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He holds the esteemed Seals of Approval from both organizations for his broadcasts.
More snow arrived overnight across the area, giving a fresh coating to the Pittsburgh area and much more to the south and east of the city.
Get ready to go back into the deep freeze in the Pittsburgh area.
Another round of winter weather is hitting our region.
With the extreme cold refusing to leave, another round of potentially significant snow is closing in on the area.
The latest round of winter weather arrived early Tuesday morning bringing more snow and cold temperatures.
Colder temperatures and some snow are on the way, which has prompted a Winter Weather Advisory to be issued for much of the viewing area.
The first significant snowfall of 2014 is closing in on the Pittsburgh region.
It’s been another amazing year when it comes to Mother Nature’s fury. We’ve seen it all in the Pittsburgh area from flooding, mega-snow storms and even some tornadoes.
Meteorologists expect things to get messy for the evening commute.
A variety of weather changes will be happening across the area during the next few days.
The western Pennsylvania region remains under Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories for a combination of wintry weather elements.
Wintry weather is on the way and could hamper travel for Thanksgiving.
People around the area woke up to the first taste of winter weather Tuesday morning.
Our first widespread snow accumulation of the season appears to be on the horizon for the western Pennsylvania region.
KDKA-TV is now scheduling School Weather Visits for the 2012-13 school year!