The search to find a new co-host for “LOCAL 15 TODAY” ended where it began, with the station moving longtime meteorologist Kelly Foster into the position, filling the spot Kelly Jones left in September.
The Kelly-for-Kelly swap came after a number of tryouts and interviews, but the search ended just before Christmas when station leadership decided they already had the right person on staff.
“I’m thrilled to be the morning anchor at Local 15, my hometown market,” Foster said in a press release. “Having grown up just 30 minutes west of Mobile, I’m honored to bring the news to my family, friends and the community I love so much. The Local 15 morning team truly make it a blast to come to work every day.”
Foster grew up in Pascagoula.
The change also means weekend meteorologist Jake Dunne has moved over to mornings and will be handling Foster’s former duties three days a week. She will continue to handle the weather two days a week. Foster will join veteran newsman and anchor Darwin Singleton on the morning desk.
“Darwin, Kelly and Jake are the perfect personalities to get your day started. Their collective experience, credibility and energy are a winning combination,” News Director Bob Noonan said.
“LOCAL 15 TODAY” airs weekday mornings from 5-7 a.m.
Sealls selected president of National Weather Association
WKRG-TV Chief Meteorologist Alan Sealls was recently elected 2018 president of the National Weather Association, an affiliation of more than 2,500 meteorologists nationwide.
The six-time Emmy Award winner was selected by his peers from a group of 12 candidates working throughout the United States. The NWA represents “operational meteorology,” so its membership is not limited to broadcasters.
Sealls has been a member of the association more than 30 years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology from Cornell and Florida State, respectively. In the past he has served as an NWA Seal panelist, chairman and councilor.
Part of the NWA’s mission is teaching and promoting meteorology, and the group offers grants for teachers as well as scholarships for students. To that end, Sealls has produced more than 30 weather videos for schools that are distributed nationwide by Discovery Education. He also teaches weather broadcast each spring at the University of South Alabama.