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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The longest-serving meteorologist in eastern Iowa brings that streak to an end Tuesday.

For 32 years, Jeff Kennedy has forecasted the weather for eastern Iowa. An easy-going, friendly style, coupled with a calm, measured delivery made watching Jeff’s weather an enjoyable experience.

Now, after three decades bringing weather information to eastern Iowa viewers, Jeff has decided to move on to the next phase of his life and career.

Kennedy made his announcement on the KWWL News at Noon on Friday, Nov. 1. His last day is Tuesday, Dec. 31.

“It’s been an amazing career, and I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of incredible people,” said Kennedy. “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of such an incredible team, but I’m looking forward to what is coming next, and happy to have my family by my side for it.”

“Jeff will be greatly missed,” said Dan Schillinger, KWWL News Director. “He’s the longest-serving meteorologist in eastern Iowa. He’s incredibly skilled, and has a real rapport with viewers. It’s been a pleasure for me to have worked with him.”

Jim McKernan, Vice President and General Manager of KWWL, praised Kennedy’s community involvement.

“He’s been a part of numerous community events throughout the region," McKernan said. "On top of that, his classroom visits make a connection with younger viewers, while educating them about something that affects each and every one of us – the weather.”

Kennedy is originally from Oshkosh, Wis., and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. He began his career at KWWL in 1981.

Jeff has been a long time outdoor enthusiast, enjoying many sports. He also has been a pilot since 1977.

A search for a new StormTrack 7 meteorologist is underway.

QNI is a privately held family owned company with roots in the newspaper business dating back to 1835. Quincy Newspapers, Inc. was formed in 1926 with the merger of The Quincy Herald and The Quincy Whig-Journal.

The company owns and operates NBC affiliates in Quincy and Rockford Ill., Waterloo and Sioux City, Iowa, Rochester, Minn., and Bluefield, W.V. QNI also operates ABC affiliates in Madison, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wausau and Eagle River, Wis., and a FOX affiliate in South Bend, Ind. QNI operates another FOX affiliate in Rochester, Minn., under a shared services agreement. QNI also owns and operates an AM-FM radio combination in Quincy and daily/Sunday newspapers in Quincy, Ill., and Newton, N.J.

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