Chester Lampkin first joined 5 On Your Side in March 2012. A St. Louis native, Chester is a proud graduate of Saint Louis University, holding a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. As a child growing up in north St. Louis city, Chester has always had a strong interest in weather. While growing up, he experienced some of St. Louis' biggest weather events including the "blizzard" of 1982, the Great Flood of 1993, as well as numerous severe weather events over the years.
His broadcast career began in Grand Junction, Colorado, as the morning meteorologist at KJCT News 8. Chester also worked at KRCG-TV in Jefferson City, Missouri, as both the morning and chief meteorologist, and at KTSM-TV, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, Texas, as the morning meteorologist.
In 2015, Chester left 5 On Your Side and the United States for an adventure Down Under. He worked for two years as a meteorologist for MetService New Zealand, which is basically the New Zealand equivalent of the National Weather Service. In April 2017, he decided to come home to St. Louis and 5 On Your Side's Today in St. Louis team.
Chester earned a bachelor's degree in meteorology from Saint Louis University and completed post-graduate work in geography at University of Missouri.
Aside from weather, Chester has an interest in geography, media, music, jogging, travel, and all things St. Louis, including Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey, and Billikens basketball. Chester has a lot of family across St. Louis and is happy to be back home working for the TV station he grew up watching.