Chief Meteorologist

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KCCI, Hearst’s CBS affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa’s News Leader, is looking for a dynamic and experienced meteorologist to lead our weather coverage.

This is an opportunity to keep your eyes on the sky while having your feet planted in one of the country’s most livable cities.

Des Moines was ranked No. 7 in Best Places to Live in 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.

Our Chief Meteorologist will get the science but will have mastered the art of making it enjoyable and easy to understand for our viewers.

The Chief will guide a team of passionate meteorologists and be actively involved in the editorial process, setting the tone for coverage of weather events.

We are looking for a person who is high energy and passionate about weather but can stay cool under pressure.

This meteorologist will not only be dedicated to delivering life-saving information on-air but also interacting and connecting with viewers through digital and social media platforms.

You’ll be forecasting everything from derechos and tornadoes to snow squalls and polar cold.

The Job
• Weather data analysis and forecasting
• Use WSI, Baron and appropriate weather technology to produce innovative and clear weather graphics
• Present daily weather forecasts in a friendly, easy-to-understand manner
• Ability to ad-lib during severe weather events and convey life-saving information in an appropriate tone
• Report from the field for weather and community events
• Attend daily editorial meetings
• Update news team on weather conditions and work with news management to coordinate coverage plans
• Consistently produce graphics, photos, videos and other content for social media
• Connect with viewers through social media lives
• May be scheduled to work any and all shifts
• Representing KCCI at community events

• 3-5 years of on-air experience presenting weather
• Working knowledge of radar and computer weather graphics
• Ability to put together accurate, informative, creative and easy-to-understand weathercasts for TV and digital

• In-depth knowledge of weather science and excellent forecasting skills
• Proficient in using WSI & Baron graphics and technology
• Proficient in radar technology
• Ability to tell a compelling weather story
• Dynamic on-air presence with a conversational weather presentation
• Proven on-air experience in handling breaking news and severe weather coverage
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to do live field reporting on weather and other topics.
• Must be able to work all shifts – holidays and weekends included

• CBM and/or AMS seal preferred
• Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology or related field
• Military training and experience will be considered


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