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October 31, 1972 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Keenan Smith (born October 31, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American television broadcaster who has been the morning and noon meteorologist at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Michigan since late September 2010. Prior to this, he was at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida from 2008 to 2010 and WGN-TV and CLTV in Chicago, Illinois before that.
At WGN-TV, Smith's primary responsibility was to provide Tribune-owned cable station CLTV with evening weather reports during the work week. As a WGN staff meteorologist, he also appeared on the noon and flagship 9:00 pm newscasts, filling in for chief meteorologist Tom Skilling.
Before joining Channel 9 in 2003, Smith worked for CLTV for three years.
Keenan's first on-air job in television was at WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Keenan also worked for NBC News in New York City, where he worked as an Assistant, and later, Associate Producer for Dateline NBC and NBC's New York News Bureau. Keenan returned to on-camera work as a reporter/anchor at WZBN (W25AW) in Trenton, New Jersey, reporter and news and weather anchor at WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois, and later as a reporter/news anchor in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he later earned a dual master's degree in Domestic Policy and Urban & Regional Planning from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. His meteorological course work is from College of DuPage, Pennsylvania State University, Portland State University, and Oklahoma State University.
Smith is a full member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. He holds the AMS Seal of Approval. Smith was nominated for a Midwest Regional Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Weathercasting and won an Illinois Associated Press Award for Investigative Reporting.