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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 azcentral.com 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.