Jerry Taft Biography
Jerry Taft is a retired meteorologist who served as chief meteorologist for WLS-TV in Chicago. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Taft earned a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
He first joined ABC 7 in August 1984 after 7 years at WMAQ-TV, Chicago’s NBC affiliate. Prior to moving to Chicago, he worked at KMOL-TV (now WOAI-TV), the NBC affiliate in San Antonio, Texas. He has also performed radio work, providing weather reports for WMAQ-AM and WLS-AM in the 1980s. The Chicago Tribune has described Taft as “one of [their] favorite weathermen”. He finished second to WBBM-TV’s Steve Baskerville and ahead of Tom Skilling in a 1997 Chicago Sun-Times reader poll about Chicago meteorologists. Participants noted Taft’s “no-nonsense delivery”.
Jerry Taft Age
The meteorologist was born on March 14, 1943, in the United States of America. He is 80 years old as of 2022.
Jerry Taft Education
He completed his graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Bachelor of Science in meteorology.
Jerry Taft Height
Reviewing the body structures of Jerry, he has an average body with average height and weight. He has blonde-colored hair and Light brown colored eyes.
Jerry Taft Family
Details concerning his family are still under research and will soon be updated when we come across information about his family.
Jerry Taft Marriage
Have you been wondering if Jerry is married? yes, in fact, he is a happily married man. He is married to his beautiful and loving wife Shana Taft. The duo was blessed with a son and a daughter. They are living a blissful married life. The Taft family resides at Lemont. They have been staying at Lemont since the mid- 1990s. Taft loves golfing, hanging out with his friends and family, and more to this, Jerry Taft is a computer geek. Taft has a niece named Evelyn Taft, who has been working as a morning drive weather reporter on CBS 2, located in Los Angles.
Jerry Taft Career
The talented Journalist, Jerry started his successful journey as Journalist in 1970. Since then, Taft is unstoppable. During his early career, he joined the NBC affiliate situated TV, called KMOL-TV. He is also known for his work on radio as a weather reporter for WMAQ-AM and WLS-AM. After KMOL-TV, Jerry was found working at WMAQ-TV, and then later on at ABC 7. Currently, Jerry has been holding the position of a chief meteorologist for WLS-TV. Moreover, he is one of the highly reputed and respected meteorologists of Chicago. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Jerry Taft’s Net Worth and Achievements
Jerry Taft’s current net worth is $1.5 million, according to Celebrity Net worth. He used to have a $300K salary per year during his tenure with ABC 7. In August 2017, he sold his Lemont house for $1.495 million. Taft and his wife bought this house back in 2005 on $1.6 million. In 2013, the couple sold their longtime five-bedroom, home for $627K which they bought back in 1994. Currently, they are residing in a lavish mansion in Chicago. He has been earning a considerable amount of salary for his work and this has led him to accumulate such a great amount of money.
Jerry Taft is one of the seven 2009 honorees who had been inducted into the Silver Circle in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has been described as the favorite weatherman by the Chicago Tribune and his work on radio and television is surely an achievement which has earned him considerable name and fame.