Meteorologist Shannon O’Donnell joined the KOMO 4 Forecast Team in August 2009 as a weekend weather anchor.
Hailing from the Sammamish Plateau, Shannon is a graduate of Redmond High School and the University of Washington, where she earned a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences.
Before joining KOMO, Shannon was the morning meteorologist for seven years at the San Francisco Bay Area’s NBC station, KNTV. While with KNTV, she filled in many times on the national level at MSNBC and Early Today.
She was also a meteorologist for KING and NWCN from 1995 to 2000, and again in 2008. In 1994, Shannon worked as a weather producer at KOMO, and credits Steve Pool’s relentless lessons in front of the green screen for helping her make the leap to on-camera work!
Before venturing into broadcasting, Shannon worked for seven years as a research assistant meteorologist for the University of Washington and NOAA. Her duties included flying in P-3 jets over the Pacific to gather data designed to improve northwest storm forecasting, and launching radiosondes (weather balloons!) from the decks of NOAA research ships.
Shannon has received numerous awards in her field, including ‘Best Meteorologist’ by the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Women in Radio in Television in 2005 and 2006. She was part of the Emmy-winning morning news program at KNTV, and has been featured in Men’s Health magazine.
In her spare time, Shannon enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, running and skiing. She is working on a few bits of children’s literature that she hopes to publish to help benefit the National Sarcoidosis Foundation and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Shannon lives in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.