Born in Colorado in May of 1989, Travis Knudsen grew up watching a wide variety of weather through four very distinctive seasons. His passion for weather was sparked one late evening in the heart of winter, before a highly anticipated snowstorm, while he and his family sat at home watching the local meteorologist on TV.
Travis says the excitement of the moment, watching the weatherman point at brightly colored graphics moving across the screen while describing possible record breaking snow is what inspired him to become a meteorologist. He was 12 years old.
The rest of Travis' public school included as much math and science as possible. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in meteorology in May of 2011. While in college he interned for two years at KMGH in Denver under Mike Nelson, the same meteorologist he was watching when inspired to pursue his broadcast career. He also worked for DayWeather, Inc. a company based in Cheyenne Wyoming. There he made radio broadcasts and newspaper forecast for hundreds of places across the country.
In January of 2011 Travis made his on-air debut at the CBS station in Cheyenne working as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter. In June of 2012 he said goodbye to Cheyenne and came to KTVZ in Bend, Oregon. He says there he fell in love with Oregon and has made Oregon his career destination.
Thrilled to stay in Oregon, Travis joined the KVAL team in June of 2015. He's happy to be on the pretty green side of the mountains, and loves being close to the Oregon coast.
Back in September of 2014 Travis received the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation as recognition of the quality and skill of his broadcasts. To receive the designation, his education background was reviewed, he passed a rigorous written examination and has his on-air work reviewed. He is happy and honored to have received one of the highest forms of recognition for TV meteorologists.
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