KCRG-TV9 Meteorologist Justin Gehrts joined the KCRG-TV9 First Alert Storm Team in October 2009 as a weekend morning meteorologist.
He earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society in 2010 and became the midday meteorologist at TV9 in 2014. Justin gets to share his passion for weather with students across eastern Iowa with TV9’s Weather Academy. He’s also worked with nearly 30 schools to install weather sensors that bring up-to-the-minute weather data through a program called Pinpoint StormNET.
In 2015, he spent a week in Norman, Oklahoma as one of three TV meteorologists from across the country to work alongside National Weather Service meteorologists to evaluate test products from the now-launched GOES-16 weather satellite.
One of his professional interests is the bridge between weather and people and was invited to attend a weeklong workshop in Boulder, Colorado in 2011 that brought together meteorologists, geographers, and social scientists from various fields. That experience gave him a new perspective on how people understand and use weather information.
Justin was born and raised in Galena, Illinois and attended Iowa State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in December 2007. He happened to be classmates with fellow First Alert Storm Team Meteorologist Kaj O’Mara! Justin previously worked at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois as the weekend meteorologist.
Justin and his wife live in Cedar Rapids with Watson, their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, who enjoys visiting the dog parks. Since earning his Remote Pilot License, he’s also working on his drone-flying skills.