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Matt Laubhan Named Chief Meteorologist at WTVA

Matt Laubhan has been named chief meteorologist at WTVA in Tupelo, MS. The NBC-affiliate announced the move this week, saying that Laubhan would become the first and only certified meteorologist in northern Mississippi.

“Dozens of meteorologists applied for this opportunity, but in the end we kept coming back to Matt,” said WTVA news director Jeff Houston. “His passion and knowledge for weather is obvious to anyone who talks to him.”

Laubhan, who is currently the chief meteorologist at KLBK in Lubbock, TX, will succeed WTVA’s longtime weather chief Dick Rice. The station announced in December that Rice, who has been with WTVA for 31 years, would be scaling back his duties, becoming chief meteorologist emeritus.

Laubhan is perhaps best know, at least nationally, for proposing to his girlfriend, KAMC anchor Emily Leonard, during a newscast. Read more

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After 31 Years, Dick Rice Stepping Down as WTVA Weather Chief

Viewers in Northern Mississippi will be seeing a lot less of WTVA chief meteorologist Dick Rice next year. After 31 years with the station, Rice is significantly reducing his role with WTVA.

The Tupelo NBC-affiliate announced on Friday that Rice would become the station’s chief meteorologist emeritus. In his new position, Rice will focus on speaking engagements at local schools and community centers as well as occasionally filling in as weathercaster.

Rice received his meteorology training while enlisted in the Navy. After 21 years working on various naval ships, Rice accepted a position with WTVA in 1979 and has been there ever since.
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