Feb 1, 2024 - News

WGN meteorologist Demetrius Ivory to replace retiring Tom Skilling

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Demetrius Ivory. Photo courtesy of WGN TV

Demetrius Ivory has been tapped to take over for Tom Skilling as chief meteorologist at WGN-TV.

Why it matters: The announcement marks a new era for Chicago broadcast news; Skilling, one of the city's most beloved television personalities, announced he's retiring this month.

State of play: Ivory has been working alongside Skilling for over a decade and has been the meteorologist for the WGN midday and 4pm news broadcasts.

  • He also has filled in when Skilling has been on assignment or vacation.
  • Before coming to WGN, Ivory had stops in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio. Ivory graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in atmospheric sciences.

What they're saying: Ivory, who's called Chicago home for more than a decade, said in a statement he's "thrilled" to be leading WGN's weather team, and grateful for Skilling's "leadership and guidance over these many years."

  • "Through weather stormy, sunny, and everything in between, Demetrius has delivered accurate, compelling forecasts," Skilling said in a statement about the announcement.
  • "He has a huge rapport with the audience. I've been honored to have him by my side during severe breaking weather coverage over this past decade. I wish him my sincerest congratulations. He will be fantastic!"

Catch up fast: Skilling announced his retirement plans late last year. On the air at WGN since 1978, Skilling charmed Chicagoans with his ebullient passion for the weather.

  • He's also been a staunch advocate of the planet, using his platform to point to the adverse effects of climate change.

What's next: Skilling retires on Feb. 28.

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