OAB Hall of Fame
Since his formative years in Seiling, Oklahoma, weather has been a passion for Gary England. In the seventh grade, his curiosithy with the clouds of Western Oklahoma was triggered when he first viewed Oklahoma City TV weathercaster Carrie Volkman. From that moment, becoming a television meteorologist was his life's dream. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Gary began his career with the National Weather Service at Wiley Post airport. Working with an oceanography service in New Orleans furthered his experiences prior to entering broadcasting. He joined KTOK radio in 1971 and moved to KWTV in 1972 to begin his illustrious career as the station's chief meteorologist.
Through the years, he has continually worked on the advancement of television weather technology. His interest, along with the financial backing of Channel 9 ownership, led to the development and utilization of the first commercial Doppler radar units, which made its debut on KWTV in 1981. Gary was also instrumental in the development of the “First Warning,” “Storm Tracker,” and “Storm Signal” severe weather warning systems.
His outstanding coverage of Oklahoma weather disasters, including the devastating May 3, 1999 tornado, has been recognized with numerous awards including a National Headliner Award, Regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, Society of Professional Journalists, and an Emmy, Lifetime Achievement, and Silver Circle Award for The Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
For Gary England, the greatest gratification of his career has been, “Making a difference in people's lives.”