A native of Gretna, NE and a graduate of Gretna High School, I serve as the Public Information Officer in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Omaha Office. On a weekly basis, you can catch me with various broadcast, print, social networking or electronic media outlets creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska.
I am widely known for my dynamic (and yes, often zany) weekly outdoor report appearances with the sports crew on at WOWT-TV/Channel 6 in Omaha, NE on Thursdays during the 6 p.m. newscast and then again on Saturdays during the 8 a.m. newscast. The weekly outdoor report segments are available on the station’s website, too, at: www.wowt.com
Regarding radio, every Friday I make an appearance on “The Good Morning Show” airing on KFAB Radio 1110 AM in Omaha or at www.kfab.com sometime in between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. for several minutes and cover the latest outdoor news headlines. I also host a popular outdoor talk radio show called “The Great Outdoor Radio Show” that airs Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. on Omaha’s ESPN Radio 1620 AM “the zone” and online, at: www.1620thezone.com
On the higher education front, I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE. Professionally, I have worked in the Fisheries, Parks and Information and Education Divisions of the Game and Parks Commission. My career spans over 30 years with the agency! In 2000, I was named Manager of the Year at the Game and Parks Commission.
I have received many other awards and accolades throughout my professional life at the Game and Parks Commission, but none bigger and more fun than serving as the Grand Marshall of the 2009 Ground Hog Day Parade in Unadilla – “The Ground Hog Capital of Nebraska.”
I continue to spend much time with family and friends in the Nebraska outdoor scene. I sincerely enjoy getting outside and participating in any outdoor sport, especially if it involves hooks, bullets and double-pointed boats! Mentoring youth and newcomers in outdoor activities is one of my favorite things to do.
Among my noteworthy accomplishments, I am proud to say that I have traveled every highway, visited every county and been on every river in this state! I have met the best people that the world has to offer along the way. There is no doubt that I have a tremendous “love affair” with the Cornhusker State! I am glad that I live here.
Personally speaking, I am married to the lovely Polly Wagner and have four cool kids (Zach – age 22, Micah – age 18, Emma – age 16 and Noah – age 13). We reside in the Dundee/Country Club area of Omaha where there are lots of beautiful trees! I also manage our family’s 145-year old farm for habitat in southeastern Nebraska.
I welcome the opportunity to chat with you, to learn from you and also to share my breadth of knowledge about the great outdoors of Nebraska with you!
Happy blogging my friend!
My e-mail address: Greg.Wagner@nebraska.gov
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