Van Denton came to WGHP TV 26 years ago after working in New Bern (WCTI-TV 12, ABC) and Myrtle Beach (WBTW-TV 13, CBS). After arriving at WGHP on April 1, 1990, he anchored the weather at 11pm, Monday-Friday and a few months later the 5pm weather when WGHP became the first station in the market with a 5pm news. For 6 of these years, he had a chance to work with the late Frank Deal and did team weather with Frank at 5:30pm once that newscast was added. Frank was with WGHP from 1969 until 1996. There have only been 2 Chief Meteorologists at WGHP since 1969. Not too many stations have that kind of stability.

He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from North Carolina State University in 1987 and received the AMS TV Seal of Approval shortly after.

5-time Emmy Nominee for best weather in the Mid-South region of the United States.

2015 Voted America’s Favorite Weathercaster in poll of more than 600 weather people in 45 of the largest TV markets in the United States.

Voted best meteorologist in the Triad by:
*Reader’s Choice Awards
*Triad Style
*Rhino Times

In 1997, he started a weather segment called Van’s Weather Kids and in 1999 gave a presentation to the national American Meteorological Society (AMS) Broadcast Conference in Orlando, Florida on the Weather Kids program. After this presentation, many other stations around the country began the segment too.

This program had been a dream for Van since he visited a station as a guest at 15 years old. In October 1980, he had sent a winter forecast to a Raleigh TV station, WPTF (NBC for the market in 1980) and was invited to give the winter forecast on the air. They did not normally invite kids to be on the air, but did in this case. The highlight was the first snow was forecast to be December 27, 1980, and was presented on-air 2 months in advance. On December 27, 1980, it did snow and he was invited back to the station and this opened many doors toward the television career. After realizing how significant this experience had been for him, he thought it would be great to do this for others. When Frank Deal retired in 1996 he brought the idea to the General Manager and News Director and they came up with Van’s Weather Kids. He had saved the names and phone numbers of young people he had met between 1990 and 1996 and called these young people to start the program. Once others saw it, the letters started pouring in from others wanting to be a part of the program. This program was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.

Van credits two people for inspiring him in his career. The late Skip Waters at WCTI in New Bern where he interned and got his first job as a TV meteorologist. Skip even allowed him to fill-in and anchor the weather on a Friday night at 17 years old when he took a vacation day. He also learned a lot about the business from Frank Deal with whom he remained good friends until his passing in 2010.

He has been married for 26 years and he and his wife have 2 children.

Van anchors the weather for WGHP, Monday-Friday from 5-7pm and 10-11pm.

Recent Articles
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  • Severe storms, damaging wind gusts could hit Piedmont Triad sooner than expected over the weekend

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  • Severe storms, damaging wind gusts could hit Piedmont Triad over the weekend

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  • Threat of freezing rain in the Triad overnight, Wednesday morning

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  • Winter weather possible in the Triad Tuesday night, Wednesday morning

    The coldest air since last winter is with us. Tonight will be clear and should see temperatures slip back to around 14 in the cities and to the upper single digits in rural areas. Tomorrow will be sunny most of the day with some high clouds increasing late. Highs in the upper 30s to near 40. Tuesday night, clouds will return and late at night, there could be some light wintry precipitation. It may begin as a brief period of […]

  • Winter Storm Watch, Warning issued for Piedmont Triad counties

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  • Van Denton’s first call on expected weekend snowfall

    Cold air is in place and will remain through early next week. Dry weather tonight and tomorrow and only clouds will roll in tomorrow night. Over the weekend, the winter weather system will arrive. On Saturday, mainly clouds with a few flurries or sleet pellets possible during the day. Little or no impact before nightfall outside of the mountains due to the dry lower levels. Most of the snow you will see on radar will not reach the ground during […]

  • Models suggest Triad could see 2 to 6 inches of weekend snow; still too early to be sure

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  • Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect; refreezing risk overnight as temps dip back into 20s

    A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 9 a.m. Tuesday due to remaining snow and ice on some roads. Click here to see the latest closings and delays.  There will be partial clearing tonight with some refreezing, lows in the lower 20s. Mostly sunny with good melting Tuesday afternoon, highs in the lower 40s. Clear and very cold Tuesday night with more refreezing. Lows near 20. Wednesday will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid-40s. Wednesday night, we […]

  • Van Denton makes first call on expected snowfall totals

    This is not the latest forecast. Visit for the latest updates.  Over the weekend, the much anticipated winter system arrives. Clouds will thicken on Saturday with highs near 40. If any precipitation starts during the day, it should be southwest of the Piedmont Triad before 7 p.m. Our chances pick up overnight into Sunday morning. We expect mostly snow for areas north and west of the Triad, where 10 or more inches is expected. In the immediate Triad, we […]

  • ‘Prepare for significant winter weather’: Models show Piedmont Triad could get 6-12 inches of snow

    The Piedmont Triad could be in for some significant winter weather over the weekend and into Monday. A system that is currently just southwest of Los Angeles in the Pacific should move across the southeastern United States and off our coast by Monday. This combined with cold air will give us a chance for a wintry mix of snow, sleet and a few areas with freezing rain and rain. Most of Saturday should be just cloudy and cold, highs in […]

  • ‘Significant winter weather threat’ this weekend could continue into Monday

    Click here for the most recent update on the potential winter weather. The Piedmont Triad could see snow, ice and freezing rain over the weekend and it could continue into Monday. FOX8 MAX Weather Chief Meteorologist Van Denton said this is a “significant winter weather threat.” Over the weekend, clouds will again thicken on Saturday as the next system pushes our way. Highs in the upper 30s to near 40. Light precipitation should start arriving over the southwestern counties during […]

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