Ethan Rosuck fell in love with 23 WIFR and Rockford after an internship at the station in the summer of 2017. So he couldn’t pass up a chance to work here when a full-time position opened a little more than a year later.
Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ethan knew from a very young age what he wanted to do. It was visits to WGN and ABC7 that connected him with meteorologists Jerry Taft and Tom Skilling and ignited his love for the weather.
Ethan worked his way through Ball State University and graduated with a major in meteorology and climatology, as well as a minor in telecommunications.
“Working in this field requires you to sometimes go out of your comfort zone. But, you meet some great people and get to tell an amazing story in the end. When I was a freshman at Ball State, a professor asked me, 'What is the most important job of a weatherperson?' The answer here is, 'To save people’s lives.' That has stuck with me.”
When he isn’t at the station, Ethan enjoys all Chicago sports, going out to eat, watching TV, bowling and sleeping in, or just spending the day with his parents, sister and family pets, Scooter and Zorro.
SURPRISING FACT ABOUT YOU: I am color blind! Depending on the color, it’s harder for me to distinguish between two shades side by side. It’s mainly blues and purples, but some reds, greens and browns. Yes, radar imagery and weather maps can get difficult for me, but I have learned to adjust.”
FAVORITE DRINK: Lemonade!
FAVORITE DINNER ENTREE: I love a good steak.
FAVORITE DESSERT: If you put an apple crisp/apple pie in front of me for dessert at a restaurant, I will eat the entire thing!
FAVORITE HOLIDAY: I love Hanukkah!
FAVORITE SEASON: I love summer! Going golfing,
sitting by the pool, swimming, bonfires, grilling, outdoor festivals and more happen during the summer months. Plus, ice cream, ice cream, oh, and ice cream! Many great blockbuster films come out each summer. I definitely could go without the mosquitoes, but growing up in Illinois has made me used to it by now.
FAVORITE SPORT: It’s a tie between hockey and football.
FAVORITE MOVIES: "Speed," "The Blues Brothers," "Ferris
Bueller’s Day Off"
FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR: Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.
MOST DARING FEAT: One day soon, I hope to achieve my goal of going skydiving or bungee jumping. But for now, the most daring thing I’ve done is going storm chasing for a class at Ball State. I had never been storm chasing prior to that, and it was intense. We saw 14 tornadoes during our two-week trip to the Great Plains in May 2016. Seeing my first tornado was quite scary, but very cool in the end.