Ned Perme, who joined KATV in 1984, is known throughout the state as the weather anchor and Chief Meteorologist for Channel 7 News. In addition to providing his weathercasts for Channel 7 News at 6 & 10 PM, Ned also travels extensively throughout the state of Arkansas broadcasting live at numerous festivals and events.
Perme received his B.S. degree in communications from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama in 1977. He continued his education in meteorology at Mississippi State University where he was certified as a broadcast meteorologist by the Department of Geoscience and Meteorology. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and also holds membership in the National Weather Association, which has awarded him their Broadcast Seal of Approval.
Perme is a twelve-time recipient of the Best Weathercast Award given annually by the Associated Press. He is a supporter of numerous non-profit organizations throughout the state.
An accomplished pianist, Ned was awarded the Heart of Arkansas Award from the Department of Tourism, and was nominated for a regional Emmy Award in the performing arts category for writing the song "Christmastime in Arkansas Again". As the composer, Ned also received the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Music Video. His first CD, "Songs for the Season" a collection for Christmas, raised over 50 thousand dollars for the National Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, and the American Heart Association.
Ned Perme is part of the award winning Channel 7 News team that has received six regional Emmy awards, dozens of Associated Press Broadcasting awards including "Best Overall News Operation" for three consecutive years.