A Grand Rapids native, Matt Kirkwood earned his meteorology degree at Central Michigan University - where his minor was geography. While in college he did two internships. One with the National Weather Service office in Muskegon (decommissioned) and the other at WNEM TV5 in Saginaw. That is when he decided to pursue a career in broadcasting.
His first professional job was at WPBN/WTOM in Traverse City from 1996 to 1998. Now with Storm Team 8, he provides forecasts for 24 Hour News 8 at Noon and provides reports for area radio stations.
Matt's hobbies include weightlifting, softball, golf and bowling, along with an interest in muscle cars.
Matt, his wife and young twins live in Grand Rapids.
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of a festive downtown crowd at Rosa Parks Circle Friday night.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.
Investigators in Montcalm County are working to determine what led up to a deadly crash.