Garrett Heyd joined the Weather First Team in June of 2022 after spending two years as the Weekend Meteorologist at WHBF in the Quad Cities. During college, Garrett interned at KGAN in 2017 and WOI-DT in Des Moines in 2018 & 2019.
Garrett is originally from Cedar Rapids, graduating from Linn-Mar High School in 2016. Garrett’s passion for the weather grew from a young boy, he loved to learn about anything science but had a particular interest in thunderstorms. When he was in kindergarten he knew he wanted to be a meteorologist.
Garrett then pursued his life goal, and graduated from Iowa State University in 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology!
The career path for broadcast meteorology first came up while being a part of LMTV, a school-run announcements program where Garrett did the weathercasts twice a week! At Iowa State, Garrett further explored the broadcast path while being involved with the campus weather broadcast, “Cy’s Eyes on the Skies.”
Outside of class Garrett was involved with his fraternity (the Acacia Fraternity) and the American Meteorological Society Local Chapter!
In his senior year he started working with the student-run newspaper the “Iowa State Daily” at Iowa State University as a photographer and Visuals Editor. His most fond memory of being a Cyclone was getting the opportunity to take photos for the Iowa State Daily on the field of Jack Trice Stadium during Cyclone football games!
When not working, Garrett loves photography. He likes shooting a range of things from wildlife to astrophotography. He also enjoys the physical process of shooting and developing film (the way photography used to be years ago!)
Besides photography, Garrett is a huge hockey fan and still tries to continue to play when he can. Another sport Garrett enjoys is disc golf. He likes to get in a few holes when the weather is nice.