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Atlanta Meteorologist Announces Retirement

Ken Cook, chief meteorologist for Atlanta FOX owned station WAGA, has announced his retirement.

“I am happy to tell you that I will be retiring at the middle of this Summer,” Cook told viewers. “This was not a decision done in haste or taken lightly, but one that my wife, Susie, and I, along with FOX-5, have been working on for more than one-year now.”

Cook also thanked viewers for the “nearly 35 great years” he has had at WAGA.

“We will miss Ken’s passion and ‘tell like it is’ weather reporting,” said VP and news director Mike McClain in a statement. “We want to thank him for his many years of service to our community; he will be missed.”

Meteorologist Eric Sorensen Set to Join WQAD

eric sorensenMeteorologist Eric Sorensen will join WQAD, the ABC affiliate for the Quad Cities, next month.

Sorensen has spent the past 11 years at WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill., where he is currently the chief meteorologist. He announced the move on his blog:

I believe this will be a great fit for me personally and professionally. The tools will be there to develop new ways of telling the weather story each morning, all the while learning from talented broadcasters with more experience than I have. WQAD utilizes Weather Central Fusion Studio, which is the same equipment that WREX beta-tested several years ago. WQAD also has a strong commitment to cover severe weather.

Sorensen will begin at WQAD July 7. The Quad City Times reports he replaces Terry Swails, who announced last week his contract was not being renewed.

Jeff Castle Named Chief Meteorologist at KSLA

jeff castleJeff Castle has been named chief meteorologist at KSLA, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, La. It is a move within Raycom for Castle, who has worked at WAFF in Huntsville, Ala., since 2002.

“I’m going to miss everyone here at WAFF 48,” Castle said in a statement. “It has been a tremendous leaning experience. The people here at WAFF have mentored me for the new role I’m about to take on.  I want to thank the viewers who have welcomed me into their home and have trusted me with bringing them the weather information they need to start their day.”

At WAFF, Castle was the morning meteorologist. He has previously worked at WKEF in Dayton, KFDA in Amarillo and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Jeff and although he will be greatly missed at WAFF, we are happy he is staying within the Raycom family,” WAFF general manager Vanessa Oubre said.

Meteorologist Catherine Bodak Joins WXIX

catherine bodakMeteorologist Catherine Bodak is joining WXIX, Raycom’s Fox affiliate in Cincinnati. Beginning next month, she will appear on the morning newscasts.

Bodak joins WXIX from WNEM, the CBS affiliate in Saginaw, Mich.

“We’re excited to add a meteorologist of such superb caliber to the FOX19 team,” WXIX news director Kevin Roach said in a statement. “Catherine is smart, personable, and knows what people want from the forecast. She also has plenty of experience forecasting severe weather. She’s the perfect fit for the Storm Tracker team.”

KTVI-KPLR Adds Meteorologist from Indiana

parks ktvi croppedAnne Elise Parks has joined St. Louis FOX and CW affiliate KTVI-KPLR.

Before coming to KTVI, Parks worked at WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.

“First week at Fox2Now is in the books!” Parks wrote on facebook. “Big thanks to the smart, fun, and very talented Angela Hutti for training me this week! See you all Sunday evening for my first forecast on News 11.”

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Parks will work the midday show on KTVI and weekend evenings on KPLR.

KUTV Welcomes Chase Thomason


Meteorologist Chase Thomason, who announced he was leaving Oklahoma City’s KFOR in the beginning of May, has started at KUTV in Salt Lake City.

The entire CBS affiliate’s weather team welcomed Thomason on-air by showing clips of his work with Oklahoma’s severe weather.

Thomason posted a shot of the welcome on his facebook page and wrote, “First day on air at Utah’s #1 station KUTV 2News. Thanks for the warm welcome. You can see me at Noon, 4PM & 7PM.” Read more

Meteorologist Katie Horner Says Goodbye to KMOV

katie hornerMeteorologist Katie Horner has left St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV to return to her family in Kansas City, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot said the station and Horner reluctantly parted ways. “Not many people knew she was commuting back to Kansas City every weekend,” Thouvenot said. “We hated to see her go, but we also understand her wanting to be with her family.”

Horner previously worked at KCTV, the CBS affiliate in Kansas City.

The Post-Dispatch reports Horner will be replaced on the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts by Meghan Danahey.

KXLY Adds Weekend Weather Anchor and MMJ

kxly hendricks_donovanAlyssa Donovan and John Hendricks will soon join Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY.

Hendricks starts June 2nd as a multimedia journalist while Donovan starts June 9th as weekend weather anchor and multimedia journalist.

Donovan comes from WEEK in Peoria, IL, where she started her career. Hendricks comes from KTVZ in Bend, OR.

Meteorologist Britta Merwin Joins KPRC

britta merwinMeteorologist Britta Merwin is joining KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Merwin most recently worked at KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento. Before that, she worked at NBC Weather Plus, CNBC, KNSD in San Diego and News 12 New Jersey.

At KPRC, Merwin replaces Idolina Peralez, who is “taking her career in a different direction,” according to McGuff.

KARE Weekend Meteorologist Leaving Station

sebesta KAREKARE weekend meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta is leaving the Minneapolis NBC affiliate next month to be closer to his family in Sioux Falls, SD.

Sebesta told the Pioneer Press, “This has nothing to do with KARE. I’m leaving on my own terms. I’ve got the best job in the world, but it’s not enough to keep me from going back to be near my family.”

Sebesta started his career at KDLT in Sioux Falls and had a stop at KPNX in Phoenix before coming to KARE in January 2010.

He told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “It’s just an unbelievable feeling to walk away voluntarily at the peak of my career into something that is best for our family.”

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