Ken Barlow Biography and Career

Last Updated on September 2, 2023 by Admin

Ken Barlow returned to Minnesota television in June 2011, becoming a part of the 5 Eyewitness News team. Before that, he had left Minnesota in 2006 to work at WBZ-TV in Boston, MA. With over 20 years of weather forecasting experience, including 16 years in Minnesota, Ken brought a wealth of expertise to the station.

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He holds a BS in Meteorology from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and is an Emmy Award-winning meteorologist. Ken’s passion for meteorology led him to serve as an adjunct professor of broadcast meteorology at St. Cloud State University.

In February 2020, he achieved the prestigious American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, which is recognized as a mark of distinction and quality for weather broadcasters in the radio and television industry.

Beyond his work in meteorology, Ken is actively involved in various charitable and advocacy initiatives. He has been a member of the Boards of Directors and Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities.

Additionally, Ken collaborates with institutions like the University of Minnesota Medical School, Life Source MN, Allina Health, Park Nicollet Foundation, BringChange2Mind, Team Ortho, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, among others.

Due to his dedication to mental health advocacy, Ken has been awarded the Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award from the MN Psychiatric Society. He serves on the International Bipolar Foundation’s Advisory Board and is currently on the Board of Directors of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Moreover, he contributes to the Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and participates in the Steering Committee for Children’s Mental Health with the Park Nicollet Foundation.

Together with his wife Theresa, Ken has collaborated with the Mayo Clinic to create a new brochure and video aimed at supporting newly diagnosed bipolar patients and their families. His efforts to raise awareness and support for mental health issues have made a significant impact in the community.