January 20, 2010
Jay Prater, managing meteorologist at Wichita’s KAKE-TV 10, has won the 2010 Award for Broadcast Meteorology from the American Meteorological Society.
In a written release, the AMS said Prater earned the award “for a career devoted to educating viewers about severe weather, as exemplified by his life-saving coverage of the May 2007 Greensburg, Kansas, tornado.” The award, presented annually to one of thousands of broadcast meteorologists across the country, was established in 1975 to recognize a broadcast meteorologist for sustained long-term contributions to the community through the broadcast media, or for outstanding work during a specific weather event. The award will be presented tonight at the 90th AMS Meeting in Atlanta.
Prater joined in 2004 as the managing meteorologist and also serves as the department manager. Prater has earned numerous awards for his work including two regional Emmy awards for Set Design and Weathercast from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences along with other honors from the Radio-Television News Directors Association and State Press Associations. He was the first Kansas meteorologist to obtain the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist certification and the fourth worldwide.
Founded in 1919, the AMS has a membership of more than 13,000 professionals, professors, students, and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes eleven atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals, sponsors multiple conferences annually, and directs numerous education and outreach programs and services.