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John comes to the Black Hills from Connecticut, where he grew up fascinated by the winter storms that would cause all kinds of trouble along the East Coast. He has loved weather his whole life, watching The Weather Channel for fun when he was a kid. He experienced a tornado first hand in Minnesota in 2001, and countless blizzards and nor'easters in New England. He is excited to tell the weather story of his new hometown of Rapid City and the Black Hills area.
He earned a B.A. in Chinese language and history from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and a B.S. in Meteorology from Western Connecticut State University. He completed an internship in meteorology at WTNH News 8 in New Haven, Conn.
Before coming to KNBN, John worked at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China, where he was a lecturer and instructor, teaching subjects from English and Spanish to American History and English dialectology. He is also a certified judge in the national "21st Century English Speaking Contest," sponsored by China Daily, China's largest English-language newspaper.
His hobbies include; traveling with his wife, Yvonne, playing the saxophone and clarinet (with questionable levels of competence), and has also tried his hand at composing, having had works performed by the Stratford (Conn.) High School Concert Band, and the Connecticut Symphonic Band. His favorite composers are John Philip Sousa and Gustav Holst. Some of his more peculiar interests are,license plate collecting and enthusiast, and an amateur vexillologist (a person who studies the history and design of flags).