WXYZ names Dave Rexroth chief meteorologist and welcomes Keenan Smith

Dave Rexroth has been named chief meteorologist for WXYZ. He will be replacing Jerry Hodak, who is retiring in September. With Rexroth’s promotion,  WXYZ will welcome Keenan Smith to their weather team.

“I could not think of a better choice for Chief Meteorologist than Dave Rexroth. His comprehensive weather knowledge and personable style make him the ideal choice to succeed our legendary ‘Chief’ Jerry Hodak,” said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ vice president and general manager.

Rexroth joined WXYZ as a meteorologist in 2000, forecasting on "Action News this Morning" and "Action News at Noon.” As chief meteorologist, Rexroth will be featured the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. newscasts.

With twenty years of experience, Rexroth has worked for WFOR-TV in Florida. While working in Florida, he covered Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Harvey. He also has worked at WRBG in Albany, New York, and WOI in Des Moines, Iowa. He also has experience doing weather for national television shows such as “Good Morning America Sunday” and “CBS News Saturday Morning.”

In both 2007 and 2008, he won Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards for “Best Weather.” He also has received an Emmy Award in programming from the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

After graduating with a degree in physics from Luther College in Iowa, Rexroth earned a master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Chicago. There, he had the opportunity to study under Ted Fujita, the developor of the F-scale for tornado strength.

“It’s been my lifelong goal to be a weatherman and chief meteorologist, and with the changing weather in Michigan, there’s no better place than here, and no better station than WXYZ,” Rexroth said.

Rexroth lives in Oakland County, Mich., with his wife and their three sons.

More on Smith’s new role

Keenan Smith will become a part of the WXYZ-TV team, coming from Scripps station WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida. Starting this month, he will be featured on “Action News This Morning” and “Action News at Noon.”

Smith has studied meteorology at Penn State, the College of DuPage in Chicago, Portland State and Oklahoma State.  He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has received the AMS Seal of Approval. He has worked at WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; WZBN in Trenton, New Jersey; WEEK in Peoria, Illinois; WLFL in Raleigh, North Carolina, and CLTV and WGN in Chicago. In addition, he was an associate with NBC news, working with “Dateline NBC,” and NBC’s New York News Bureau.

"We are extremely pleased to add Keenan to the Channel 7 weather team," said WXYZ-TV News Director Tim Dye. "He has a broad range of weather experience, including eight years of forecasting weather in Chicago.  He's very familiar with the importance and challenges of forecasting weather in the upper Midwest."