Ed Curran has a varied background in broadcasting and is comfortable covering a news story, doing a talk show or forecasting the weather. A native Chicagoan, Ed’s entire career has been right here in his home town. Although he’s done a wide range of stories for radio and TV, Ed’s specialties are science and technology. A meteorologist at WBBM-TV in Chicago, he’s been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation.
Ed’s technology reporting began while he was at WGN Radio, trademarking the terms Technogadgets®, Retrogadgets® and Toytester®. For more than 2 decades, he’s covered the high-tech lifestyle beat and has been featured on television and radio stations nationwide. Ed’s humorous approach and unpredictable style make his segments entertaining for techno-wizards and the techno-clueless alike. Among his accomplishments at WGN Radio, Ed Curran was the first host to combine a live radio broadcast with an AOL chatroom. Digital lifestyle author Howard Rheingold, who wrote “The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier,” called Ed “a pioneer on the electronic frontier — the hippest guy in radioland!”
Along with many successful years in radio at WIND, WGN, WLS and WGCI, Ed has also been a versatile television broadcaster. His high-tech reports were seen on WGN-TV’s Morning News, where he also filled in as weather forecaster. He later served as CNN’s high-tech correspondent and joined NBC-owned station in Chicago as a meteorologist. In 2002, Ed joined the CBS-owned and operated station in Chicago, WBBM, as a meteorologist and tech reporter.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Ed graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Broadcast Communications. He completed Mississippi State University’s Broadcast Meteorology program in 1996 and has been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal. To earn the CBM, broadcasters must hold a degree in meteorology or equivalent from an accredited college or university, pass a rigorous written exam and have their on-air work reviewed to assess technical competence, informational value, explanatory value and communication skills.
Ed lives in the northwest suburbs with his wife Monica, son Jeff and their dog Shelby. Ed’s daughter, Jessica, is married and lives on the west coast.