Don Schwenneker

Don Schwenneker
Don Schwenneker

Honored with two Associated Press Awards for Best Weathercast, Don Schwenneker is a meteorologist for ABC 11 Eyewitness News in the morning. He holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society as well as a Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

Don joined Eyewitness News from Chicago where he served as a meteorologist for WBBM-TV. Prior to that, Don worked for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, and WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He began his weather career almost 20 years ago as a lead forecaster for KBIM-TV in Roswell, New Mexico.

As for his moniker, “Big Weather,” Don was given that nickname by a colleague for two reasons. First, he’s 6’5″ and one of the taller meteorologists on TV. Second, during big weather events from tornadoes to flood warnings, Don was always on TV. So whenever there was big weather in the forecast, “Big Weather” was on TV. And the name has stuck ever since!

Don’s family comes first in his life. He’s married and has three children. He was also a volunteer firefighter for 7 years in Pennsylvania. He is a certified rescue technician & first responder. In addition to firefighting, Don’s public service includes Police, Fire, and EMS dispatching and national certification as a 911 call-taker/dispatcher.

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