A native Texan, Ed was born in Texarkana, Texas. He started his career as a disc jockey at radio stations in Texarkana and Longview. Later he moved into television as a talk show host and weather reporter at KHFI-TV in Austin. In May 1972, Ed left Austin to accept the weather position with KTRK-TV.
In his spare time, Ed is active in the Recovery Movement. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. He also hosts an annual golf tournament benefiting Cenikor, one of the nation's largest and most successful non-profit residential treatment centers for indigent alcoholics and drug addicts.