Jerry Taft (born March 14, 1943) 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.
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.
The Chicago Tribune has described Taft as "one of [their] favorite weathermen". 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".
- ^ Foster, Stella (March 12, 2009). "Dr. Phil helps Octomom". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 22.
- ^ "Familiar faces". Daily Herald: p. 5. March 21, 2001.
- ^ Feder, Robert (April 23, 1987). "Ch. 7's Deshler, Taft to forecast for radio". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 74.
- ^ Bannon, Tim (December 1, 2007). "One fine day". Chicago Tribune: p. Weekend, 1.
- ^ "Weather Forecaster". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 14. August 17, 1997.