Kevin O'Connell is WGRZ-TV's Chief Weather Anchor for Channel 2 News at 5,5:30,6,10 and 11pm weekday broadcasts. O'Connell is one of the area's most accomplished broadcaster's both professionally and for his many hours of community service and involvement. Born, raised and educated in Buffalo, Kevin began his career on the radio in the Queen City during the mid 60s. He moved into television as a weather reporter for WBEN-WIVB TV in the 70s. Kevin earned his BS degree from Buffalo State College in 1972; where he is still very active in the College's academic, community and fund raising efforts.
In June of 1982, after many successful years in his hometown, he joined KNBC in Los Angeles, where he met with much success and wore many hats. Besides doing three daily newscasts, Kevin also hosted a weekly 90 minute "live" show called The Sunday Show. Kevin also hosted the NBC network game show "GO". While at NBC Kevin earned many community awards and citations of excellence for his involvement and leadership in Southern California.
Kevin joined KCBS in June of 1985. Here too Kevin hosted numerous TV specials and a weekly 30 minute show called "Channel 2 Digest", as well as his daily weather duties at 5,6 and 11pm. Kevin often appeared on CBS Morning, CBS Morning News, and The Morning Show on the network in New York. Kevin's professional accomplishments include Emmy Awards, 5 Golden Mikes', 2 LA Press Club plaques, the Associated Press Broadcaster Award, 1988 Catholic Press Council "Communicator of the Year" recognition and many community awards from all over Southern California. Kevin has been honored by all branches of the military during his career. Kevin is a Member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and holds its' broadcast Seal of Approval.
Kevin returned to Buffalo in June of 1990 as a news anchor with WIVB-TV for their Noon and 5pm broadcasts. Kevin's Noon broadcast (along with Jacquie Walker) attained the highest rating in the history of Buffalo television within a year. In 1993 Kevin moved over to Channel 2 News. Every weekday viewers find a smile through all kinds of Buffalo weather. Along with his weather anchor duties Kevin is very active in the community and devotes as much time as possible to fundraising for organizations and programs for youth. Kevin helped raise over 19 million dollars for charity since returning to Buffalo. Kevin also serves on a variety of boards & foundations around Western New York.
In April of 1994, Kevin hosted "2 Your Home", WGRZ's home improvement program. It was a first for Buffalo television as O'Connell and an array of building professionals took viewers step by step through the complete renovation of a Buffalo home; then it was given to a needy family. Kevin also hosted DIY Western New York, which featured an assortment of handy "do it yourself" projects.
In 1996 Kevin was again honored for his community efforts, by being selected to carry the Olympic Torch as it passed through the Buffalo area on its' way to Atlanta. Kevin was honored again in 2001, with carrying the Olympic Torch (for a second time) on New Year's Eve as it made it way through Western New York on its' way to Salt Lake City. Kevin was honored by his alma mater, Buffalo State College, with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1998 and he was one of the inaugural inductees into the Communication Hall of Fame, at the college, in 1999. In 2000, Kevin received the prestigious "Champion for Children" Award from Children's Hospital in Buffalo. Kevin was also the recipient of the 2001 NCCJ Award for outstanding leadership and involvement in the Western New York community.
Kevin along with extensive "local" television duties, also appears on the Weekend Today Show doing the weather "coast to coast" on NBC from New York City. Over the years Kevin has made countless contributions to national and local organizations including the Leukemia Society, Black Achievers, Cerebral Palsy, MDA, Diabetes Association and Channel 2's Kids Escaping Drugs annual telethon. Kevin also organized and hosted the "September 11th Fund" telethon in Buffalo which raised over $350,000 for families & victims of the WTC attack.
Kevin was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2012 Kevin has been named to the list of the Top 200 (#105) Most Influential People in Western New York...the highest of any broadcaster in WNY.
Kevin continues to make a difference on the air and in the community. Kevin and his wife Carolyn have a son Kevin Jr and is the proud "Big Poppy" to Madeline.