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WTHR meteorologist leaving for position in Texas

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WTHR-TV Channel 13 Meteorologist Chikage Windler is scheduled to sign off the local air Tuesday afternoon before departing for a new position in Texas in the latest in a series of shakeups involving local weathercasters.

Windler, who joined WTHR in May 2011, is taking over as chief meteorologist at KEYE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Austin, Tex., on March 4, she wrote in a post on Facebook.

Her departure comes the same week as WISH-TV Channel 8 announced it has hired Robb Ellis as its weekday evening meteorologist. Ellis, who led the weather team at the NBC and Fox affiliates in Wilmington, N.C., is scheduled to debut locally in mid-March.

Ellis' experience includes seven years as a scientist and researcher, and coverage of an historic tornado outbreak and Superstorm Sandy, WISH-TV News Director Steve Bray, himself a former weatherman who took over the top job late last year, noted in a statement.

Meantime, meteorologist Angela Buchman, who left WISH last August, is expected to begin at WTHR later this year after a one-year noncompete clause expires. Other WTHR meteorologists include Chuck Lofton, Nicole Misencik and Chris Wright.

Buchman, an Indianapolis-area native who joined WISH in 2001 after a four-year stint at a station in Sacramento, Calif., noted on Twitter this week that she's looking forward to returning to the air in the fall. She's been offering weather updates on Twitter for roughly 7,000 followers.

"I am enjoying some extra time with my family," she wrote in a message to one fan.

Windler worked at KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, before joining WTHR. The University of Oklahoma graduate (with degrees in meteorology and broadcast journalism) got her start in TV news after chasing tornadoes as part of a project at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla.

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  • God Has Chosen.
    God promoted Angela.
  • no race
    When I watch a news or weather report I don't see black or white reporters. I look and listen for accurate reports with visual and verbal presentations I can understand and learn from. Buchman does a great job in this regard. The decision was a step up in my opinion.
  • Wright-Buchman confusion
    I am so disapppointed in WTHR. I thought Indianapolis would embrace a talented Black man and not let him leave due to such disrespect. Maybe the station had no clue how important it is to have ethnic diversity in a metropolitan area. Also, were folks clammering to see Buchman on tv??
    • Back to WISH-TV
      Angela buchman is the very reason i switched to WTHR in the first place years ago. I may have been willing to give her another chance, were it not for the disgraceful way she and the network treated chris wright. And yes, I do hold her equally to blame.. She knew when she took the position that she would also be taking away the job of a great man. I hope this decision comes back to bite the greedy Ms.Buchman and the entire joke of a newscast!
    • Don't blame you, Chris
      Angela is a fine weathercaster but not in any way superior to Chris. He represents the finest in personable, accurate reporting and to demote him to make room for Angela is a travesty. If he leaves (which he ought to), we will follow him if he stays local. If he leaves the area, we will demonstrate our displeasure by shifting our viewing to another news program.
    • just seems silly...
      I have lived in Indy for 2 years now and I am amazed at how much turnover there has been in this market with weather people. That should be the bigger question, what is going on at the local stations that is making these people move so much? And it isn't just the weather people, I have seen articles in the IBJ about news anchors at channel 6 and 8 have the same problem.
    • No-compete Clause
      Um, Jeff: WTHR already paid one meteorologist a year to ride out the (local) no-complete clause: Chris Wright, when he left WISH/8. The question begging to be answered is: what will WTHR/13 do with two alpha weather dogs? I have a couple of ideas...what scenarios permit something waiting for a year to go elsewhere? Speaking of alpha dogs: what I can't figure out how WTHR/13's 4 alpha dogs have remained together for so long. They have to be enjoying their situation: they work 1/2 as much as they normally would and likely earn the full amount. The only WTHR full-time, on-air "personality" (as they like to refer to themselves) who has a cushier job is the sports director.
    • Linda
      I hope WTHR doesn't make Angela join the "talk to your co-workers, not to the public" mentality of their weather team. The morning weather reporters address the anchors, not the public. If they're only interested in giving the weather reports to their co-workers, they can do that off air. Pretty hokey.
    • Weather
      Only the stations care....just tell me what is going to happen and I'm good with it. Way too much emphasis on this. who care who is delivering it as long as they know what they are talking about. I watch the satation that delivers the best news content.
    • relevance
      Can someone explain the news media's fascination with weather 'personalities'? At a time when weather forecasts can be obtained instantly from multiple sources (with approx the same level of accuracy, minus the hysteria), it seems silly that one station is paying Ms Buchman to remain off camera for a year.
      • Chikage who?
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