Most meteorologists can recall a certain experience that was the catalyst for their passion of weather. Nick Bender has no such story. Simply put, he was born loving it!
Bender received his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University, and he began his career as a Broadcast Meteorologist in 2006. While a native of Pennsylvania, Nick is no stranger to the Plains having worked in some of the most challenging weather markets in the country. He has previously held positions at KVII in Amarillo, TX, KOTV News On 6 in Tulsa, OK and currently resides as the weekend evening meteorologist at his "home base" of KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City, OK.
During his career, he has experienced the full force of Mother Nature's wrath: mile-wide tornadoes, historic blizzards, inundating floods, paralyzing dust storms and destructive wildfires.
In 2010, he was part of the largest and most ambitious scientific field experiment in history, VORTEX2, to help further the understanding of tornado formation and increase tornado warn time.
Nick tracked and relayed life-saving information from SkyNews9 during the May 24, 2011 Tornado Outbreak, as he watched a mile-wide, EF5 tornado tear a path of destruction perilously close to the towns of El Reno and Piedmont Oklahoma.
Oklahoma's severe weather season of 2013 saw unprecedented tornado outbreaks. Nick safely and successfully coordinated News 9's fleet of StormTrackers (8 teams) and all other news assets out in the field during the May 20 and May 31 Tornado Outbreaks. During this violent 12-Day stretch, an EF5 tornado (winds estimated 200-210 mph) devastated the town of Moore, OK, and a record-setting 2.6 mile-wide EF5 tornado (measured winds of at least 295 mph) scoured the land mere miles west of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
In his free time, Nick and his wife try to promote and live an active, healthy lifestyle – being foodies at heart sometimes gets in their way! If you know of a good weekend 5K run, or a great sushi restaurant, he'd love to hear from you!