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Weigel comes to St. Louis from WLS-TV in Chicago where he was the weekend sports anchor/reporter. He joins the FOX 2 News team October 6, 2014.

Prior to joining ABC 7, Weigel served as sports anchor for HLN’s morning news program, where he covered the major sports stories including the return of Tiger Woods, the Beijing Olympics, and 3 Super Bowls. Before that, Weigel pounded the pavement as a general assignment reporter at KOVR in Sacramento, where he developed his passion for news.

Weigel’s dedication to news gathering was never more evident than when he worked as a freelance reporter at KUSI in San Diego, but lived in Los Angeles. He commuted the 122 miles each night. He began his reporting career at the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Weigel grew up in a journalism household in Evanston, IL, the son of former WGN-Radio news anchor Kathy Worthington and the late sports anchor and newspaper columnist Tim Weigel. He is the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder and former Lawrence Welk radio announcer, John Jacob Weigel. His sister is Jenniffer Weigel, a former Chicago television news anchor and published author. Before entering into journalism, he lived in Hollywood, CA, where he appeared in television and movies

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: rafer.weigel@tvstl.com

Recent Articles
  • Thieves in the middle of night cart off with apartment complex ac units

    ST. LOUIS – A thief is about to make a cold move in the summer heat and it’s all caught on camera.  It’s June 19th, just after midnight at the Hyde Park Village Apartments on Peck and Kossuth. The crook is seen casing the place in north St. Louis waiting to make his move that would make it a cruel summer for those in the apartment complex by stealing their air conditioning units. At 1 a.m., he’s seen walking by […]

  • Bystander wounded by stray bullet; police looking for intended victims

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Investigators with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are looking for two men seen running for their lives on surveillance cameras. The two men were the targets of a gunman. One of the bullets went into an apartment building nearly a block away and struck a woman in the foot while she was watching television. The incident took place February 27 around 1:35 p.m. near the corner of Grand and Kossuth in the Hyde Park neighborhood. […]

  • Metro’s Most Wanted – Mother pleads for information in son’s murder

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – “It’s like a nightmare. How could someone do this?” Victoria Thompson has seen too much tragedy. Her son, Tyrell Thompson, a successful downtown artist, was on a date with a woman on June 9 of last year. They were walking in the 4500 block of Olive in the Central West End looking for a nightclub when a dark-colored sedan car pulled. Three men in their late teens or early 20s robbed them at gunpoint. “The girl […]

  • Post Scripts: St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson retires

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Post Dispatch newspaper reporters Kevin McDermott , and Christine Byers wrap-up the week’s biggest stories with FOX 2’s Rafer Weigel.

  • Family seeks justice for woman used as human shield in fatal shootout

    “There’s not a day that goes past that I don’t cry. I cry every day.” Sharon Webb still mourns the death of her daughter, Cara. It was 17 years ago this week. Cara, who was 18 at the time, was with two male friends leaving an apartment in the 6100 block of Greer in Hillsdale. Around 7:30 p.m., someone walked up and started shooting. Police said Cara was not the intended target but was used as a human shield. “You’d […]

  • Fox 2 sits down with Republican mayoral candidate for St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – After speaking with St. Louis Democratic mayoral candidate Lyda Krewson, Fox 2 sat down with her Republican challenger Andrew Jones. St. Louis hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1949. I asked Jones why would he even consider running?  Here is his full interview.

  • Post Scripts: Health Care, Russia probe and Supreme Court nominee

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Post Dispatch newspaper reporters Christopher Ave, and Kevin McDermott wrap-up the week’s biggest stories with FOX 2’s Rafer Weigel .

  • Community seeks killer after 16-year-old caught in crossfire

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Pierre Childs was just 16-years-old when his life was tragically taken. The standout football player and ROTC Cadet was walking with his little brother to the store to buy candy. It was May 7, 2013 in the 4800 block of Anderson just before 5pm. As pierre and his brother were leaving the store a car pulled up and three black men got out and started spraying bullets. Pierre was shot in the back as he […]

  • Man exposes himself to woman in The Loop – Police

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – A case of indecent exposure has been exposed on surveillance video. Police are asking Fox 2 News to show this individual who showed far too much to an unsuspecting woman, with the hope you can help them catch the guy. The incident occurred November 5 near the busy intersection of Delmar and Kingsland, a busty breezeway between the parking lot and the street lined with security cameras. Just before 6 p.m. a silver car pulls […]

  • St. Louis startup empowering refugees, victims of sex trafficking

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Ning Lam Lun’s family fled the war torn country of Burma because of the military. “They pull the people; any people, not just my family, sometimes all the village. Too scary. Too scary and sometime when they came (to) the village, they hit people,” she said. Lun’s family was granted asylum in the United States; they came to St. Louis knowing no one. Lun found solace at a sewing machine courtesy of Made for Freedom in […]

  • Caught on Camera: Security cam vandalism

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Surveillance video shows a man carrying a fence and a can of spray pain, but he’s not making any home repairs. In fact, the man and his buddy are doing the opposite. But unbeknownst to them, it’s all captured on camera. The irony is the guy with the fence is out to destroy the very camera’s that are taping him. He uses the fence to climb and spray paint at each lense. While he defaces these […]

  • Metro’s Most Wanted – Parents want justice after son killed by masked intruder

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