Kyle Kiel joined the CBS4 News team in April 2013 as the Weekend Meteorologist and can also be seen reporting during the week. Kyle grew up in the Quad Cities and is thrilled to begin his career right in his own backyard.
Kyle's interest in weather began at a very young age. While most kids spent their time watching cartoons and playing video games, Kyle spent his time glued to The Weather Channel (of course, he still made time for cartoons and the occasional video game). He always found weather to be fascinating. That fascination continued after a local meteorologist came to his school to talk about the weather and what exactly a meteorologist's job entails. From that point on, Kyle knew he would one day forecast the weather.
A few weeks after the visit, a tornado ripped through the QC area, forcing Kyle's elementary school to take cover and keep students passed the 3 o'clock bell. Kyle recalls the skies darkening rapidly, and the rain and hail pounding on the rooftop. For a short time after that storm hit, Kyle became afraid of thunderstorms. Every time there was a storm coming, he was always concerned there would be a tornado. The fear got so bad that his parents banned him from The Weather Channel. Of course, Kyle was still interested and in order to have the privilege to watch again, he agreed to read an encyclopedia on the climatology of tornadoes and learned that not all thunderstorms produce tornadoes.
Throughout his schooling, Kyle attended elementary schools in Geneseo and Moline and is a proud graduate of Moline High School. He then went on to attend Black Hawk College to receive his Associates degree. While at Black Hawk, Kyle had the opportunity to work behind the scenes as a Production Assistant at WQAD-TV in Moline.
After Black Hawk, Kyle packed his bags and headed to DeKalb, IL to attend Northern Illinois University to receive his Bachelor's of Science degree in Meteorology and a minor in Geography. While at NIU, Kyle had valuable experience anchoring weather for the school's very own newscast, "NTC News Tonight." He also did forecasts for the school's newspaper and was an active member with the student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Kyle completed two internships with the weather departments at WQAD-TV in Moline, Illinois and WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois.
When Kyle isn't tracking the next cold front, you can catch him out and about in the QCA with family and friends. Kyle also enjoys running and working out, and doing any outdoor activity. Kyle ran his first BIX 7 road race in July 2012 and plans to continue participating in the Quad Cities tradition. He's also looking forward to exploring more of the foods the Quad Cities has to offer.
Kyle is thrilled to be working with the team at CBS4. If you have a story idea for Kyle, feel free to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org to pass along the idea. Kyle loves to meet new people, and of course talk about the weather. If you ever see him out and about, feel free to say "hi!"
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