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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.”

WHIO Meteorologist Rescues Kitten from Tornado Rubble


WHIO meteorologist Rich Wirdzek heard a kitten meowing while he was checking out tornado damage in Cedarville, OH.

According to the station, “He found the kitten and pulled it from the debris. The kitten was placed in a jacket and was kept warm in a News Center 7 live truck.”

The Dayton CBS affiliate reports the kitten has been reunited with its owners who say the kitten was one of several recently born in their barn.

KCTV Meteorologist Leaving for Milwaukee

tom wachsKCTV meteorologist Tom Wachs is leaving the Kansas City CBS affiliate to work for WITI in Milwaukee.

According to The Kansas City Star, Wachs said the chance to work with WITI chief meteorologist Vince Condella was “a dream come true for me.” He wrote on his facebook page, “I have the amazing opportunity to work with my mentor growing up, and the guy who I imitated when I was 6 years old.”

KCTV news director Larry Perret told The Kansas City Star he’s already looking for Wach’s replacement even though the station has four meteorologists on staff.

Wachs started at KCTV in June 2008. He has also worked in Johnson City, TN, and at KNOP in North Platte, NE.

South Dakota Anchor Goes Off On Viewers Who Complained About Weather Warning

It seems some viewers of Sioux Falls, SD, ABC affiliate KSFY were not happy when the station cut away from the ABC show “Once Upon a Time” for a weather warning.

“I’d like to take a moment to say, ‘my co-anchor rocks!!’” KSFY meteorologist Shawn Cable posted on his facebook page. “We received a lot of nasty calls, emails, etc when I interrupted the Once Upon a Time season finale on Saturday. This morning, Nancy Naeve ripped into them like a monkey on a cupcake!”

“I tell you what,” said Naeve on air. “Quit calling and ripping Shawn for being on the air to save people’s lives.”

Katie Walls Joins Atlanta’s WSB

Katie Walls has joined Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB as meteorologist.

Friday, WSB chief meteorologist Glenn Burns tweeted the news:

Burns later tweeted that no one was leaving the station, WSB was just adding “a smart and talented new meteorologist to the team.”

Walls comes to WSB from WINK in Fort Myers, FL. She has also worked at WSIL in Southern Illinois.

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