Camden Native Joins Weather Channel as On-Air Meteorologist

by Kyle Massey  on Wednesday, May. 16, 2018 12:05 pm   2 min read

Tevin Wooten (Tevin Wooten via Twitter)

Tevin Wooten had reasons to focus on the weather while growing up in Camden.

For one thing, his dad was a journeyman lineman who was routinely sent to restore power after weather disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, not to mention more run-of-the-mill thunderstorms and lightning strikes. He also had childhood respiratory issues sometimes exacerbated by the weather.

Now 25, Wooten will be an on-camera meteorologist at the Weather Channel in Atlanta. His first day was Monday, just 10 days after graduating from Florida State University with a meteorology degree. It was his second diploma, coming on top of a 2014 bachelor's in broadcast journalism from the University of Arkansas.

Wooten spent two years after that first graduation working as a general assignment reporter and fill-in weather anchor at KNWA-TV in Fayetteville. 

"I liked weather, but Arkansas' program didn't offer a meteorology option," Wooten told Arkansas Business. "So after two years at KNWA I moved to Tallahassee, and took two more years to get the second degree."

Wooten, a graduate of Camden Fairview High School, called the job at the Weather Channel, where he interned last summer, a dream come true. "It's very exciting, almost unbelievable. I never even expected to get an interview here." Wooten's internship included working on camera and in production. At Florida State, he was a weekday weather anchor for the campus weather show, "FSU Weather."

"We're excited to welcome Tevin back to the Weather Channel family," said Nora Zimmett, the company's senior vice president for content and programming. "Tevin's enthusiasm and dedication for live weather coverage are fantastic qualities that he brings to our team of world-class meteorologists. His passion for meteorology and talent for storytelling will make him a valuable asset, both in the studio and out in the field."

Wooten has a fraternal twin brother, Kevin. "We're as different as night and day," he said. Just before traveling to Atlanta, he watched his younger sister, Tavia, graduate from the UA. Their mother is a school counselor in Camden.

Wooten had no guess on when Weather Channel viewers might see him on the air. "Yesterday was my first day officially, so there will be a lot of meetings, introductions and in-depth training. So there's no target date for working on the air."

There's one more factor, too. "A lot depends on the weather," he said.

 

 

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