Dennis Shanahan is a weather forecaster and Emmy Award-winning reporter with more than 25 years of experience in television news.
After spending the first 18 years of his life in the Bay Area, Dennis attended Sac State where he graduated with a degree in media communications. His career included stops in Eureka and Reno before putting down roots in Sacramento in 2001. He joined the FOX40 team in 2008.
Dennis brings his appreciation of the outdoors and knowledge of local weather patterns to his environmental reporting assignments which range from summer wildfires to Sierra snowstorms. People sometimes ask Dennis if he “drew the short straw” after they see him reporting from a blizzard. But storm coverage is Dennis’ passion as a reporter, and he is usually the first one to volunteer for it.
From hiking up mountains in the summer, to snowboarding down them in the winter, Dennis appreciates the many outdoor recreational opportunities Northern California has to offer. One of six close siblings, he enjoys spending time in the company of family and good friends. He roots for the Sacramento Kings and Oakland A’s and loves attending concerts. Dennis claims to have given up playing golf out of frustration with the game, but he keeps a set of clubs “just in case.”