Vernon Turner is the Chief Meteorologist of the WXVT Weather Team. Vernon joined WXVT July of 2012. A native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Vernon has had a strong passion for weather and weather phenomena since he was a child.
Vernon took his passion to North Carolina State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. While he was in college, Vernon spent time interning with multiple news stations including WXVT-TV and News 14 Carolina.
Over his time interning, Vernon has helped with covering high-profile storms such as Hurricane Irene and the horrific tornado out break on April 16, 2011. He also was involved in a seven- university study on the deadly outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria. In this study, Vernon helped with finding a correlation between the slowing of the spread of meningitis and the monsoon patterns of the nation.
Over his college career, Vernon has worked with meteorologists that are known around the world.
Outside of weather, Vernon spends his free time playing and listening to music. He can play six different instruments, and plans to learn more. Other than looking up at the sky when he's outside, Vernon loves to play sports. In high school, he was involved in soccer, football, basketball, and track and field. Vernon also enjoys spending quality time with friends and family.
Overall, Vernon is a kind and very open person, and is never shy to start a conversation with someone new!
Contact Vernon at VTurner@wxvt.com
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Hello Delta! I am honored to be here and I love my job at WXVT. I wouldn't call it a job ... more of a passion. I am lucky enough to anchor the News Set at 6 and 10pm and also figure out and deliver your weather at 5, 6 and 10.
I have had my head in the clouds for over 30 years. My first weather gig gave me lots of clouds to study in Eureka, CA. Eureka is a coastal community and the daily forecast: low clouds and fog night and morning hours with perhaps a taste of sunshine by mid afternoon.
I graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. degree in Speech Communication. While working on my MA degree, I began teaching Public Speaking, Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication and coaching Forensics (intercollegiate debate and competition) for Humboldt State and the local JC, College of the Redwoods.
I began my television career producing and hosting a live one hour (no 7 second delay in those days) Sunday evening talk show for KVIQ while teaching and going to school. KVIQ decided I wasn't busy enough and hired me as their lead Weather Anchor in 1976.
I began my weather education working with The National Weather Service. Without computers I needed to drive to the National Weather Service office in Eureka to discuss the forecast and absorb and understand complex weather information on a daily basis. Over a five year period my weather education included classes and one on one teaching courtesy The National Weather Service. The ABC affiliate in Bakersfield, CA called and offered me a position as lead Weather Anchor and along with my growing family moved to the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley.
After three years in Bakersfield I moved to Portland Oregon where I was the weekend meteorologist for the ABC affiliate in northern Oregon. I then moved on to Tucson, AZ working as weekday meteorologist as well as hosting another community based talk show.
Three years later I was offered an opportunity to move back "home" to the San Francisco Bay area. I was hired as the main Weather Anchor/Meteorologist for KNTV in San Jose, CA as well as producer/host for a third community based talk show. I was lucky enough to win the "Best Weather" award given by RTNDA three years in a row, an unprecedented accomplishment.
FOX Chicago called five years later and I packed up and moved to the Windy City becoming Chief Weather Anchor/Meteorologist in charge of the weather department at FOX Chicago. Again... I got lucky and was voted best and most accurate forecaster in Chicago as well as the friendliest weatherman in the city.
I love my family and community. I have six children, four grandchildren and a wonderful wife and mother to my family. I am blessed.
Love You Delta.
You can contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Robinson joined WXVT in December of 1992 as a sports reporter and anchor. A native of Miami, he graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.
Before coming to WXVT Robinson worked as sports director at KHAS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Hastings, Nebraska. He also worked as a production assistant for WSVN-TV in Miami.
Stephen has been honored for his work having won several broadcasting awards. He has been recognized by the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcast Association for best sportscast, best sports story and best feature reporting.
In his spare time Stephen enjoys listening to music, going to the movies, and reading. He is married and has two daughters.
Kelly Ritenour joined the WXVT news team in November 2013 after graduating from The University of Alabama with a degree in Broadcast News.
The South Florida native started pursuing a career in broadcasting during the Summer of 2010. She interned at ClearChannel Radio's WiLD 95.5 fm in West Palm Beach, Florida. After that, she began interning at WVUA-TV in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she worked for two years as a reporter, web producer and Capstone Correspondent.
When Kelly isn't at work, she enjoys working out, visiting family and friends, and keeping up with college football (Roll Tide!).
Kelly is excited to be a part of the Delta community and she wants to hear from you! If you have any story ideas you'd like to share with Kelly, feel free to contact her at email@example.com .
Eric Zernich joined the WXVT weather team in March 2013, coming from his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Eric Zernich has had a passion for the weather even since the 4th grade when he had to give a weather forecast for class one day.
Eric attended The Ohio State University receiving his degree with honors in Atmospheric Science. During his junior and senior years he performed weekly 2-minute weather updates for the school's television channel, Buckeye TV. Eric also would send out a daily weather email to over 350 people every morning during his senior year as Doppler EZ.
The summer before his senior year of college, Eric interned for WXIX Fox19 in Cincinnati. Eric helped the weather team update the website and social media while creating weather graphics for the Inside the Forecast segment every evening.
When Eric is not covering the latest weather storm he enjoys playing golf and running. Eric is a huge baseball fan, especially his hometown Cincinnati Reds.
If you have any weather stories or pictures please feel free to share it with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Callie Carroll joined the WXVT news team in October 2013, coming from her hometown of Springfield, Missouri.
Callie knew she wanted to be in news ever since she was twelve years old. She started out in sports reporting,
but developed a passion for news and knew that is what she was meant to do.
Callie graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in BroadcastJournalism and a minor in Sociology. She was the main anchor for her college station’s TV show, Ozarks News Journal, and she interned at KSPR in Springfield, Missouri.
In her free time she enjoys anything active. Callie loves playing volleyball and basketball and also coaching and teaching skills to kids. Before moving to Greenville she was an assistant volleyball coach for Logan- Rogersville’s varsity volleyball team, and coached club volleyball in the summers. She also loves doing volunteer work for anything involving children or animals.
If you have a news story that you feel needs to be covered feel free to email Callie at email@example.com.
Craig Harden joined the WXVT sports team November 2012. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Craig Harden has a strong passion for sports and telling the story of the athlete.
Craig started pursuing his goal of being a sportscaster back in college at UW-Whitewater after he finish up his basketball playing career there.
After graduating Craig took an internship in his home town of Milwaukee were he intern as a high school sports reporter at TMJ4 NBC Milwaukee.
In his free time Craig likes to run, play basketball and golf. Craig is a big time New York Yankee fan.
So if you see Craig out and have a sports story feel free to share it with him contact Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodrow Wilkins is a Greenville native and Navy veteran. A longtime print journalist, Woody says the switch to television was long overdue. He says one of the rewards of the job is he's always meeting new and interesting people. When he's not working, Woody spends a lot of time reading, writing, watching sports, listening to music, acting or directing plays.