Jerry Taft

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Jerry Taft (born March 14, 1943)[1] is the chief meteorologist for WLS-TV in Chicago.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Taft earned a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[2]

Taft first joined ABC 7 in August 1984 after 7 years at WMAQ-TV, Chicago's NBC affiliate. Prior to moving to Chicago, he worked at KMOL-TV (now WOAI-TV), the NBC affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.

Taft has also performed radio work, providing weather reports for WMAQ-AM and WLS-AM in the 1980s.[3]

The Chicago Tribune has described Taft as "one of [their] favorite weathermen".[4] He finished second to WBBM-TV's Steve Baskerville in a 1997 Chicago Sun-Times reader poll about Chicago meteorologists. Participants noted Taft's "no-nonsense delivery".[5]


  1. ^ Foster, Stella (March 12, 2009). "Dr. Phil helps Octomom". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 22. 
  2. ^ "Familiar faces". Daily Herald: p. 5. March 21, 2001. 
  3. ^ Feder, Robert (April 23, 1987). "Ch. 7's Deshler, Taft to forecast for radio". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 74. 
  4. ^ Bannon, Tim (December 1, 2007). "One fine day". Chicago Tribune: p. Weekend, 1. 
  5. ^ "Weather Forecaster". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 14. August 17, 1997. 

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