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20th Anniversary JDRF Hope Gala
October 13, 2018, Des Moines, IA
Honoring Dr. & Mrs. Larry & Margie Nelson
Join us for this milestone event! Celebrating the heroes who have inspired the fight to cure, prevent & treat type 1 diabetes. Beautiful decor, fine dining, live entertainment and upscale auction packages will make this 20th anniversary event a night to remember!tickets
Colleen has been waking up Central Iowa with Ken, Colleen, and Kurt on Star 102.5 for almost 20 years.
WHO-HD Chief Meteorologist Ed Wilson
In September 1988, Ed was hired as weekend meteorologist and week-day reporter. Ed soon became the noon and 5 PM meteorologist and co-anchored the Noon newscast. I have been the Chief Meteorologist for Channel 13 the past 22 years.
Growing up in Iowa and forecasting Iowa weather the last 30 years has given me the first-hand knowledge that is critical in forecasting one of the most diverse climates in the country.
Ed has covered the most memorable storms in our state’s history:
March 1990 Ice Storm that brought down power lines and left the metro and much of the state without power.
Over the past 30 years, Ed has forecasted blizzards that have closed down central Iowa. Both Governor Branstad’s and Culver’s offices have asked for his assistance before closing Interstates and declaring States of Emergency. Ed’s first major blizzard experience came in 1973 when a blizzard shut down the Grundy Center school system for 2 weeks. Ed was in the 5th grade.
Many tornado outbreaks have required Ed to stay on the air for hours and cover some of the most devastating storms in Iowa’s history. The 2008 Parkersburg tornado that killed 8 people hit just 20 miles from my boyhood home. Ed was visiting his parents that weekend and drove through the storm to get back to Des Moines and on the air as the tornado moved into northeast Iowa.
Ed reported on the first F5 tornado that produced wind speeds over 200 miles per hour in Norman, OK in 1993. Our team went to Norman and reported live from that devastation.
The major flood of 1993 was one of the most important storms of Ed’s career. WHO TV 13 was covering the Des Moines Grand Prix. On this Saturday, 10 Inches of rain fell in Jefferson, Iowa. The rain came in less than 24 hours and started to run down the Raccoon and Des Moines River basins that feed the confluence of the rivers in Des Moines. The race cars were driving over the bridges that covered the river in downtown Des Moines. Race officials stopped the Grand Prix when the water was lapping up to the pavement.
Ed volunteered to stay at the station overnight to keep an eye on the potential flooding. Later that night, he was anchoring the story of his life as the city of Des Moines lost its water works and over 250,000 people were told they would not have water by the morning. Ed stayed on the air for the first 30 hours. We delivered live reports on one of the biggest stories to ever hit the city of Des Moines. WHO TV stayed on the air, commercial free, through the first week of coverage.
Ed Wilson’s grandfather was a meteorologist during WWII. Living in a small town and just a bike ride away from both sets of grandparents was a wonderful gift because it allowed Ed to grow up with the influence of his extended family. His Grandpa Brockway was most special to him. Ed loved to watch him predict the weather. He was a great prognosticator. Using the wind, the clouds and observing humidity and temperatures, he could amaze Ed with his very accurate forecasts. This sparked Ed’s interest in weather and made a huge influence in his decision to become a meteorologist. Ed still has many of his grandfather’s college text books and are priceless reminders of his weather heritage.
Ed’s first reporting job was with his home town paper when he was a high school junior and employed by the Grundy Register to report on the school’s wrestling team. Ed was given the chance to go to follow the Spartans to Des Moines for state championships. Ed’s first job as a forecaster was at KIMT in Mason City where he did weekend weather and reported three days a week for the CBS affiliate.
Ed is married to his wife Angela and has two kids, Faith and Cole, who both attend Drake University. The Wilson’s have lived in West Des Moines and Urbandale and currently live in Waukee.
5:00 - Cocktails & Silent Auction
7:00 - Seated Dinner, Live Auction & Fund A Cure
9:30 - Live Entertainment
The Dueling Pianos of Mike Leeds & Andy Anderson
Presented by NCMIC Group, Inc.
2018 Star of Hope Recipients – Dr. & Mrs. Larry & Margie Nelson
2017 Star of Hope Recipient – Josh Cook, Community Choice Credit Union
2016 Star of Hope Recipients – Ed & Christine Collinet, Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines
2015 Star of Hope Recipient – David Stark, Blank Children’s Hospital UnityPoint Health
2014 Star of Hope Recipient – Gerry Neugent, Knapp Properties