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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Say hello to the newest member of the FOX 2 news team. Join us as we welcome Rafer “Rafe” Weigel as a FOX 2 News anchor/reporter.

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. “The responsibility of producing 13-½ hours of local news a day is enormous,” said Spencer Koch, President/General Manager FOX 2 & KPLR 11. “The need for strong communicators who can engage and connect with our viewers gets stronger every day, and Rafer’s qualifications fit that bill,” added Koch.

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.

“I could not be more thrilled to be joining the team at KTVI,” said Weigel. He went on to say, “St. Louis is one of my favorite cities. I have family here and know it well having gone to school down the road at University of Illinois. It’s a great news town and a great place to raise a family. I’m so grateful that Audrey Prywitch and Spencer Koch have welcomed me into theirs and have allowed me to return to my roots in covering local news.”

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

Weigel and his wife Tiffany have a son Heathcliff, who has already stopped rooting for the Cubs and embraced the Cardinals.