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Pittsburgh Favorite Stephen Cropper Signs on at WPXI

Stephen Cropper, a longtime veteran of weather reporting in the Pittsburgh market, will join WPXI next week as chief meteorologist, according to a memo sent out by WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter this morning.

Cropper left Pittsburgh’s WTAE in April after more than 16 years. His departure from the station came months after the ABC affiliate shuffled their weather lineup, moving Cropper to weekends and angering his large fanbase.

Now Pittsburgh fans can continue to see Cropper report the weather — on another station in the market. WPXI is the NBC affiliate.

“Rarely do you get to change high profile jobs and remain in the same city,” Carter wrote in the memo. “Stephen gets to do just that. His wife Mindy and their three children are delighted to keep calling themselves Pittsburghers!”

Cropper replaces Julie Bologna, who announced earlier this week she was leaving the station to spend more time with her young children.

Read the full memo after the jump.

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Citing a Desire to Spend More Time with Family, Julie Bologna Will Leave WPXI Later This Month

After three years at WPXI, Julie Bologna announced today that she will leave the station later this month. The meteorologist and the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate were unable to come to to an agreement on a schedule that would allow Bologna time to be with her young family.

Bologna is the station’s chief meteorologist and appears weekdays on the station’s evening newscasts. “I have two young sons, and working evenings made it too hard for me to be there for them,” she said. “I was hopeful that the station and I could work out a different schedule, but it proved to be harder than any of us thought.”

The station has not announced a replacement for Bologna. “Both of us are confident that she will be able to find the right fit that allows her to do what she loves while working a schedule that benefits her family,” WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter said.

Bologna has not announced if she will seek another meteorologist position. She will take the rest of the summer off to be with her family.