KXRM/Fox 21 recently announced that chief meteorologist Justin Chambers was leaving the station for a new job in Nashville. Today they named his replacement, former KRDO meteorologist Matt Meister.
"Weather is an incurable disease," said the fun-loving Meister. "I've had it since I was a little boy. Why fight it? When I left TV in 2014, it was important to me to be able to serve the community in a new role. It's the same thing now, joining the team at Fox 21 gives me the opportunity to serve each morning.”
Meister is an experienced meteorologist. He began his career at KGWN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, Wyoming before arriving in Colorado Springs at KRDO in September of 2001 as the weekend meteorologist.
He would later be promoted to the weekday evening meteorologist and soon became the chief meteorologist. Meister left television to join school Falcon District 49 as the director of communications in 2014.
“We are excited to have Matt join Fox 21,” said news director Joe Cole. “He’s an extraordinary talent and brings a wealth of weather knowledge. I think viewers are going to be thrilled that he’s back on TV. I’ve known Matt for years and his fun-loving personality and sense of humor will fit perfectly with our morning crew.”
Meister holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics from Metro State in Denver. In 2005 he was first meteorologist in southern Colorado to be recognized as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society. Meister is scheduled to make his Fox 21 debut in early January.
"I'm honored to be taking over for Justin as he and I are good friends,” said Meister. “We've both got a zest for life that comes across during our broadcasts.”
Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.