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About Karlene Chavis

Karlene Chavis, News 8 Chief Meteorologist

“I started my career in Southern California. I couldn’t be happier to be back with more experience under my belt to better serve you as your Chief Meteorologist. I feel like I am home.”

Karlene Chavis shares her knowledge and passion for science and meteorology as chief meteorologist, delivering your weeknight forecasts on NEWS 8 on CBS 8 and the CW San Diego.

Karlene joins the NEWS 8 team from WSVN-TV, Miami, FL where she served as weekend morning meteorologist and recognized as ‘best meteorologist’ by Miami New Times.  She previously worked at
CBS Local 2 in Palm Springs, CA as the weekday morning weather anchor and fill-in entertainment anchor/reporter for Eye on the Desert. Karlene’s skills were also utilized as the weekend evening weather anchor for the sister station, KESQ-TV. Additionally, Karlene worked as weather anchor/reporter at KECY-TV in Yuma, AZ.

A native of Scottsdale, AZ, Karlene received a bachelor’s degree from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University and earned a master’s degree in Geological Sciences from Mississippi State University.  Karlene also completed a fellowship in broadcast journalism training through the Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship Program at KPHO TV in Phoenix, AZ.

She interned at KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ and worked as a published photojournalist and newspaper reporter for The Arizona Republic and and web entertainment reporter for Gannett Company, Inc.

When Karlene is not on-air, she enjoyed hiking, visiting art galleries and museums, baking, traveling and spending time with her family and fur baby Brody.

Look for Karlene enjoying all San Diego has to offer and connect with her today on social media.