Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Action News' new weathercaster

Melissa Magee is shadowing staff before going on the air.

Action News' new weathercaster

Melissa Magee
Melissa Magee

WPVI has its new weekend weather anchor in-house.

Station insiders ID her as Melissa Magee, who was laid off in June from New York City's Fox5 station. She had worked for Accuweather for a couple of years. Magee is shadowing staff before going on the air at Action News.

Magee replaces Erica Grow, who just left after about three years.

Action News-ies seem excited about Magee, as she very well might be the station's first African American weather anchor.

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Her Accuweather bio says she started her career at Beverly Hills High School, graduated UCLA (English/French major who studied abroad in Paris), and landed her first big job at the CBS affiliate in Scottsbluff, Neb. Next was a reporter/anchor job at the CBS/Fox affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif.

The bio says she decided to learn more about meteorology because the weekend shows, for which she was anchor, didn’t have a forecaster. She taught herself chroma-key -- the technology that allows an on-camera person to point to a weather map -- and started dissecting the National Weather Service's “discussions.” The bio says she was working on her meteorology degree through Mississippi State University.

In other 6ABC weather news, Adam Joseph seems to be the choice to replace the retiring Dave Roberts at 5/5:30.

Roberts' last day will be Dec. 11.

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