Rusty Dawkins has had a lifelong obsession with weather. Growing up in the Panhandle of Nebraska, watching storms roll in on the wide-open sky above the Sandhills, prompted him at a young age to want to know more.
Eventually, Rusty attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a degree in meteorology and climatology.
He took his first job in meteorology at WEAU in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, then returned to Lincoln as a local television meteorologist. He went to Minnesota to be chief meteorologist at KAAL-TV, then returned once again to Lincoln as a TV meteorologist.
Recognizing that the industry was changing and that digital media was developing an increasing role, he shifted into that world for a few years to explore it further. During that time, Rusty maintained his love of weather and filled in at Channel 8 consistently.
Rusty wants to continue to serve his community and once again started watching the skies over Nebraska full time at Channel 8 in 2022.
Rusty lives in Lincoln with his wife, Melanie Dawkins, and their two children. They spend their free time renovating their home and traveling the world!