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An Addition to the WCBS/Channel 2 Weather Team

It’s a homecoming for Long Island native Vanessa Murdock. She is joining WCBS/Channel 2 as weekend morning meteorologist and weekday reporter.

Murdock begins on October 10.

A Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, Murdock has been staff meteorologist and reporter for WTKR-TV, the CBS affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia since November 2006.  Murdock also served as an adjunct instructor of meteorology at Virginia Wesleyan College since July 2007.

“We are pleased to welcome Vanessa back to New York,” WCBS news director David Friend says.  “Vanessa is an outstanding meteorologist, both on air and as a college instructor and we look forward to having her join Don Dahler and Cindy Hsu on our weekend morning news team.”

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WCBS/Channel 2 Weekend Weathercaster Katie Fehlinger Reportedly Headed to Philadelphia

Katie Fehlinger, who joined WCBS/Channel 2 in March as the weekend morning meteorologist is reportedly shipping off to Philadelphia. A report on Philly.com says Fehlinger will take over weekday mornings at CBS-owned KYW and sister station WPSG.

According to the report, weather forecasters’ schedules at KYW/WPSG would be adjusted to fit Fehlinger into the mix. 

The full-time Fehlinger, who hails from Pennsylvania, does feature reporting during the week for WCBS.

FishbowlNY attempted to get a comment from WCBS.

FishbowlNY Investigates the New Crop of TV ‘Meteorologists’

We told you about the weekend weather changes at WCBS, where veteran meteorologist John Marshall was ousted in favor of Katie Fehlinger earlier this month.

A FishbowlNY Investigation explores if Fehlinger is actually a meteorologist. 

It’s not a new question; just the names have been changed. But with more than 30 comments questioning WCBS for dropping Marshall, we looked deeper.

Fehlinger is listed on screen as meteorologist at WCBS where she does weekend morning forecasts, yet there appears to be a grey area for what constitutes a meteorologist. (It should be noted that on their website, Channel 2 refers to Fehlinger as a “weekend weathercaster,” while colleague Lonnie Quinn is the “chief weathercaster.” The website says Elise Finch and John Elliott are the station’s only meteorologists.)

The blond Fehlinger, who was part of the Asylum.com’s “Hottest Weather Girls” countdown, spent the past few years online at Accuweather.com.

According to her LinkedIn page, Fehlinger is “scheduled” to complete her meteorology courses at Mississippi State University this year. Some industry veterans say, technically, that means Fehlinger “is not a meteorologist yet.”

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Meteorologist John Marshall ‘Wasn’t Shocked’ by Losing Weekend Shifts at WCBS-TV

If you wake up early on the weekend, then you are probably aware of the John Marshall body of work. He had more than a dozen years under his belt at WNBC when they went in another direction last summer.

But as fate would have it, the timing worked perfectly for Marshall. In August, Megan Glaros left her weekend morning weather anchoring at WCBS-TV for Chicago. That same month, Marshall joined Channel 2 as a per diem employee.

Unlike at WNBC, Marshall, who grew up in New Jersey, was unable to get full-time status at WCBS. On Sunday, he did his final shift for the station. As we reported last week, Katie Fehlinger has been hired to take those shifts. Like Glaros before her (along with the same hair color), Fehlinger also handles weeknight feature reporting.

Marshall says news director David Friend had an open-door policy with him.

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WCBS-TV Hires Katie Fehlinger as Weekend Morning Meteorologist

As we reported last month, Katie Fehlinger has been hired as the weekend morning meteorologist at WCBS-TV. Channel 2 made it official yesterday.

Fehlinger joins the station effective March 28. She’ll also do feature reporting during the week.

“Katie Fehlinger is passionate about weather,” said David Friend, WCBS-TV news director.  “She is a great addition to the best TV weather team in the tri-state area.”

Prior to joining WCBS, Fehlinger spent four years at AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania where she delivered daily national weather coverage. During that time, she served as a regular football, baseball, and hockey game day weather reporter for the YES Network, several regional Fox Sports Networks, NESN, and the Big Ten Network.

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WCBS-TV to Bring Accuweather.com’s Katie Fehlinger On Board as New Weather Person

FishbowlNY has learned that WCBS-TV/Channel 2 has hired Katie Fehlinger as a new weather forecaster. She has been with Accuweather, based in State College, Pennsylvania, as a host and producer, since 2006. Fehlinger, according to her LinkedIn page, will complete her certificate in Broadcast Meteorology this year at Mississippi State University.

A tipster tells FishbowlNY that Fehlinger is scheduled to join WCBS by the end of March.  

Fehlinger is a native of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. After graduating from Cedar Crest College with Bachelors Degree in Communications, she started her career as a reporter for a newsmagazine in Bethelem, PA.  

A WCBS spokeswoman had no comment. However, while not a confirmation, a source tells FishbowlNY that Fehlinger was recently given a tour of the newsroom and studio by news director David Friend.  

In 2008, Asylum.com ranked Fehlinger as the 22nd among the Top 30 Sexiest Weather Girls.

It is unclear who, if anyone, would be leaving the station.