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Scott Connell named chief meteorologist

Scott has been at 5 On Your Side since 1991.

ST. LOUIS — 5 On Your Side’s Scott Connell has been promoted to chief meteorologist and will lead St. Louis’s WeatheRate-certified most accurate weather team.

Scott is an Emmy Award-winning meteorologist and has been a fixture at 5 On Your Side since he moved to St. Louis in 1991. For 26 years viewers woke up to his forecasts on Today in St. Louis. In 2017, Scott moved to a more traditional sleep schedule, working weekend nights and various newscasts throughout the week.

“5 On Your Side is home for me,” said Scott. “I’ve been fortunate to work alongside so many talented people through the years who have helped me learn and grow in knowledge and expertise. I look forward to many more years of working to keep folks prepared and safe during our wild weather events.”

“Through his tenure at 5 On Your Side, Scott has covered every weather situation threatening our community,” said President and General Manager Alicia Elsner. “His genuine approach, leadership skills, and forecasting expertise make Scott well-positioned to take the helm as chief meteorologist.”

Scott’s first job in weather came when he was in eighth grade. A new television station was coming to town and he read in the newspaper they needed a meteorologist. Scott put on his one navy blue blazer and a tie and walked down to the old drug store that was being remodeled into a television station. He was only 14, but he asked for a job.

The news director created a position for Scott, allowing him to come in each week and research the high and low temperatures. He considers this his first big break in TV.

“I knew when I got that job making $3.05 an hour that this was what I wanted to do with my life,” said Scott.

Scott is certified as a broadcast meteorologist through the American Meteorological Society and earned a B.S. in Meteorology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and an M.S. in Geoscience from Mississippi State University. He also recently took home the 2019 Best Weathercast Award from the Missouri Broadcasters Association.

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For more information contact:
Alicia Elsner, 314-444-5256

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