WGN appoints replacement for retiring meteorologist Tom Skilling

It’s the last on air coverage of Groundhog Day for Tom Skilling. The longtime and esteemed WGN meteorologist is set to retire at the end of this month after a remarkable 45-year tenure with WGN-TV.

WGN has appointed Demetrius Ivory to take over as Chief Meteorologist. Beginning February 29, his weather forecasts will be featured on WGN Evening News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., as well as WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Ten.

Expressing enthusiasm forces replacement, Tom Skilling remarked, “I’m so excited for Demetrius. Through weather stormy, sunny, and everything in between, Demetrius has delivered accurate, compelling forecasts. He has a huge rapport with the audience. I’ve been honored to have him by my side during severe breaking weather coverage over this past decade. I wish him my sincerest congratulations. He will be fantastic!”

Demetrius Ivory initially joined the WGN Weather Center team as a meteorologist in 2013 and currently serves as the weather anchor for WGN Midday News and WGN Evening News at 4 p.m.

Reflecting on his time in Chicago, Ivory stated, “I’ve called Chicago home for over a decade. I’ve seen all sorts of weather — the good, the bad, the ugly and the REALLY ugly. I’m thrilled to be leading the storied WGN-TV weather team and in helping our viewers to navigate our ever-changing weather. It’s been an honor to work closely with an icon such as Tom, and I’m grateful to him for his leadership and guidance over these many years.”

Best wishes to Tom Skilling and congratulations to Demetrius!