Chris Smith

Chief Meteorologist
WJHG | Panama City Beach, FL
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Chris Smith has been the chief meteorologist for the VIPIR7 Storm Team since October 2009. He came to NewsChannel 7 from CNN where he was a meteorologist for CNN, CNN International, and HLN.

Chris and his wife, Maurissa, knew northwest Florida was where they wanted to live and start a family... putting them close to his parents in South Walton and his in-laws in Southwest Georgia.

Chris has more than 15 years of experience. His career has taken him across the Peach State… from Albany, to Macon, and finally Atlanta. A graduate of Florida State University’s renowned meteorology program he also has the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association and is recognized as being a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society. Chris was the first meteorologist in northwest Florida to hold that distinction. His co-worker, Jim Loznicka, is now the only other.

In his spare time you can find Chris staying active and enjoying the beaches of the Emerald Coast. He is a member of the P.O.E.T.S. of South Walton, enjoys Crossfit, and is on the board of directors for the Panama City Area Seminole Club. A little known fact is that he is also an ordained minister and performs many beach weddings.

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Chris Smith
Chief Meteorologist, WJHG-TV
850-230-5291
chris.smith@wjhg.com

8195 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Station: 850-234-7777 News: 850-230-5221 Fax: 850-233-6647 FCC Form 398
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