Rutgers alumnus Kyle David Reiman graduated from SEBS in August of 2022 with a major in meteorology and two minors in science communication and digital communication, information, and media (DCIM). He is currently a meteorologist and weather producer at FOX Weather and is pursuing his master’s degree in communications at Johns Hopkins University with dual concentrations in digital communications and public and media relations.
During his time at Rutgers, Kyle was an active member of the Meteorology Club, a local student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. He also led the resurgence of the WeatherWatcher club, supported by RU-TV, in which students have the opportunity to produce daily weather forecasts using an in-house professional television studio. Before the pandemic, the program was run by faculty, but RU-TV could no longer support it once COVID-19 affected in-person university activities and classes. However, at the beginning of his senior year, Kyle was tasked with creating a student organization that supported the WeatherWatchers, keeping the daily forecasts alive. Through the production of these daily forecasts, Kyle discovered his love for telling the weather story, and he’s proud to have played such a major part in leading the club’s revival.
One of Kyle’s highlights at SEBS was during his time as the Student Manager of Weather Observations at Rutgers Gardens, where he completed a record-breaking 710 weather observations. Fueled by the pandemic, Kyle said sometimes he was the only person at the Rutgers Gardens’ weather station recording observations at 8 a.m. These observations were then sent to Rutgers’ data set as well as the National Weather Service.
Kyle’s success at Rutgers helped him to get an internship at WABC-TV, which, he says, further fueled his interest in the weather and his passion for telling the weather story. Post-graduation, Kyle still has strong ties to Rutgers and SEBS; he has been invited by SEBS professors to be a guest speaker and discuss his career as a meteorologist. He also recently participated in an alumni panel hosted by the Meteorology Club and is still assisting the WeatherWatcher Club with their technology and club efforts.
Kyle’s advice to both current and incoming students is to “try anything and everything.”
“Try something new and out of your comfort zone. It might shape the rest of your college career and what you end up doing post-graduation. You might also meet some people with similar interests who become lifelong friends.”
This article was written by OPOC intern Emily Ranieri.