- Veteran Meteorologist Dave Murray announces retirement
- Meteorologists Glenn Zimmerman and Chris Higgins promoted
ST. LOUIS, MO — After 42-years in the television industry, Dave Murray is stepping down in September from the Chief Meteorologist role for FOX 2. He made the announcement today on FOX 2 News at 5pm.
“My schedule has started at 6am and ended at 11pm,” said Murray. “I’m not tired, but I am turning 65 this November and would like to discover what it’s like to puddle and have free time with my wife. We have had no regular weekday evenings together for 37-years of marriage. That is a luxury we would like to explore, and discovery has always been my inspiration. Thank you, St. Louis, for watching, for your loyalty, comments, and always for your kindness. I love this town and have appreciated the opportunity to serve you.”
In a related announcement, Audrey Prywitch, Vice President News, KTVI FOX 2 and KPLR 11, confirmed that Glenn Zimmerman has been promoted to Chief Meteorologist and will move to evenings in September, and that Meteorologist Chris Higgins will replace Glenn weekday mornings from 4-10am.
“Dave has been the legendary leader of an exceptional weather team,” said Spencer Koch, President and General Manager, KTVI FOX 2 and KPLR 11. “With over 50 hours of news each week, we have been blessed with a powerful weather team, a team that was developed by Dave Murray. Time and again, Glenn and Chris have served the community as strong meteorologists, and they will continue that tradition.”
“We are fortunate that we do not have to launch an out-of-town search for Dave’s replacement. We have the strongest team of meteorologists right here,” said Prywitch. “Meteorologists Angela Hutti, John Fuller and Jaime Travers are also key players in our dedicated team.”
“I am excited for Dave and his next chapter, and I am humbled to be moving into this new role,” said Zimmerman. “We have a strong team with many years of experience, which means our weather coverage will not change one bit.”
"I will be forever grateful to Dave for his nearly three decades of mentoring and leadership as our team’s Chief Meteorologist,” said Higgins. “I am humbled to join the wildly successful team of Fox 2 News in the Morning, filling the big shoes left behind by our new Chief Meteorologist, Glenn Zimmerman."
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This is some of the reaction on social media:
BREAKING WEATHER NEWS:
Hi Everyone...happy and sad news to bring you...This evening I announce that I’m retiring from Fox 2… this has been a process that has been taking place the last 4 years with my great... https://t.co/U5KkfN8dQh
— Dave Murray (@DaveMurrayFOX2) July 10, 2018
In 2002, I somehow got the chance to intern with the meteorologist I most looked up to, @DaveMurrayFOX2. I would not be where I am today without his support, guidance, and trust. Sunny skies ahead sir...you will be missed. #stlwxhttps://t.co/HwJxCT18Px pic.twitter.com/VSrZcBTuug
— Angela Hutti (@AngWxGrl) July 10, 2018
So many feels!!!
Congrats Weather Dudes!! pic.twitter.com/ZAiuGCr2FU
— Randi Naughton (@RandiNaughton) July 10, 2018