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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.

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Meteorologist Katie Horner To Join KMOV

KMOV has announced Katie Horner will join the St. Louis CBS affiliate on January 7.

“I have spent 17 years studying, forecasting and helping people through every aspect of Missouri weather from ice storms, heat waves, floods and tornadoes,” Horner said. “It’s an honor to join KMOV’s team of dedicated, skilled meteorologists led by Steve Templeton.”

Over the summer, Horner announced she was leaving Kansas City’s KCTV to spend more time with her daughters. When she left the station last month, she said, “I still don’t know what I’m going to do when I leave KCTV 5.”

“There are few people who have the credentials Katie will bring to News 4,” said Sean McLaughlin, executive news director at KMOV. “She is a severe weather expert and will bolster our already strong weather team.”

Horner will forecast the weather on the Noon and 5 p.m. newscasts.

Meteorologist Katie Horner Says Goodbye to KCTV

Katie Horner, who announced this summer that she would leave her post as chief meteorologist to spend more time with her two young daughters, said goodbye to KCTV on Wednesday.

In a taped segment (video inside), Horner reminisced about all of the “amazing people” she has worked with at the Kansas City CBS-affiliate.

“I still don’t know what I’m going to do when I leave KCTV 5.  But I do know one thing: I’ve got two pretty special girls,” Horner said, introducing her daughters before walking out the door with them. Read more

WTSP’s Chris Suchan Joins KCTV in Kansas City

After three years at Tampa’s WTSP, Chris Suchan is leaving to become chief meteorologist at KCTV, the CBS-affiliate in Kansas City.

Suchan replaces Katie Horner, who announced over the summer that she would step down, citing a desire to spend more time with her young daughters. Horner will reportedly exit in early November.

Blaise Labbe, the station’s news director, said in a statement that Suchan is in the process of moving to Kansas City. “His weather reports are calm and reassuring and watching him you feel as though he is just talking to friends or family,” Labbe said. “Chris doesn’t believe in hyping weather, or making more out of simple weather events. But if there is severe weather, he issues clear and precise warnings aimed directly at maintaining people’s safety.”

“I love covering the four seasons,” Suchan said. “Each represents different challenges, especially when it comes to severe weather.”

Katie Horner Annouces Departure from KCTV

After 17 years with KCTV, veteran meteorologist Katie Horner will sign off from the Kansas City CBS affiliate later this year to spend more time with her young daughters.

“We discussed several options, but we simply couldn’t figure out a way to make it all work,” KCTV general manager Bobby Totsch said. “I’m certain her career as a meteorologist is far from over, it may just be on hold for a bit.”

Horner’s tenure as meteorologist has not been without controversy. In 2007, viewers in the Kansas City area launched a website attacking Horner, FireKatie.com. The website calls for a boycott of the station over Horner’s “antics and needless interruptions during primetime.” After recent reports surfaced that she was leaving KCTV, fans also created a “Save Katie Horner” page on Facebook.

Horner said her goal as a meteorologist has always been the safety of her viewers. “I believe all meteorologists play a role in keeping people feeling safe in severe weather conditions, and I know we have made that a focus at KCTV over the years,” she said.