Who is Morgan Kolkmeyer?
Morgan Kolkmeyer was born on 3 September 1991, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and is a meteorologist, best known for her work on the television station WGN-TV. She serves as the weather anchor for the station, and has been working with the company since 2017, having previously worked with other stations during her career.
The Net Worth of Morgan Kolkmeyer
How rich is Morgan Kolkmeyer? As of late-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1.4 million, earned through a successful career as a broadcast meteorologist. She reportedly earns a salary of at least $80,000 a year.
Early Life and Education
Morgan was raised by her parents alongside a sister who would later become a teacher. At a young age, she showed a lot of energy and displayed a natural inclination towards athletic activities. She started playing basketball at the age of four, and eventually became a member of her high school basketball team. She also took piano lessons, and learned how to play the instrument well. One of her biggest influences towards meteorology was her aunt Sally Severson, who has over three decades of experience, including working at Milwaukee’s WISN.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Northern Illinois University (NIU), taking up a degree in Science and Meteorology. The public university was founded in 1895 as a part of the expansion of the state’s system. They have their main campus in DeKalb, Illinois while there are satellite centers in other cities in the state. There are over 25,000 students enrolled annually and many of their programs are nationally accredited. It is also one of only three public universities in Illinois that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I.
After graduating, Kolkmeyer looked for work as a broadcast weather reporter, and did internships for several local television stations, but didn’t have a lot of opportunities then, mainly doing background work while making a few on-camera appearances. Her breakthrough occurred when she was hired by Fox 21 KQDS-DT, where she worked both as a meteorologist and a reporter.
The Fox-affiliated station serves the Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin area, and is known for drawing a lot of viewers especially during evening broadcasts.
They have won numerous regional Emmy Awards and initially had broadcasts of “CNN Headline News”, though more recently has focused on its staff produced news programming.
She stayed there for nearly a year, and then moved to WREX-TV, where she was hired as a news anchor. The station is an NBC/CW-affiliated station serving the Rockford, Illinois area, and is the second oldest television station in Rockford, operating since 1953. The station does around 22 hours’ worth of newscasts each week, and Morgan mainly worked around the news schedule.
Work with WGN-TV
While Morgan enjoyed her various jobs, she had a desire to work for a station that would place her closer to home. This opportunity occurred when she was offered a job with the “Morning News” crew of WGN-TV. WGN is an independent television station licensed in Chicago, and is owned by Tribune Broadcasting, one of the three flagship media properties of Tribune Media. The station’s history details that during its creation it was a superstation, becoming the second US television station to be made available through satellite transmission, and direct broadcast satellite during the late 1970s.
Over the years, Tribune has transitioned most of its locally produced programs from WGN America to WGN-TV. Morgan began working in the station in 2017 and has stayed since, working alongside Lauren Jiggets mainly during the weekdays where she provides the weather forecast. The channel airs over four hours of syndicated programming as they are more focused on being news intensive. With the company, she’s also done charity work, helping with their collaboration with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). They produce numerous programs such as “Chicago’s Best”, “People to People”, “SEE Chicago”, and “Weekend Workbench”.
2-4" of snowfall possible by late morning where you see the deep blue colors. A couple spots already at 1.5-2" so far. Cold rain far south and southeast. Lighter snow far north. WGN Morning News
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Kolkmeyer married long-time boyfriend Ryan Michael in 2018. While there are photos of him available through her online accounts, very few details have been shared about him. The two became engaged in 2017, and announcement in mid-2019 that they are expecting a child.
During her free time, she enjoys going to nearby picturesque locations, spending time outdoors.
She still maintains her love for athletic activities, going skiing and snowboarding when given the chance, and renting a boat. Of course she spends time with her husband, and enjoys reading books, one of her favorite hobbies.
Similar to numerous meteorologists and broadcast personalities, she is active online through accounts on social media. She has an Instagram account, on which she posts a lot of behind the scenes footage as well as giving people a peek into her life away from the camera. She also has a Twitter account, and uses the platform to share her thoughts, the latest news, and similar content to that of her Instagram. Another account she has is on Facebook, on which she posts content similar to Instagram.