Derek Beasley - Chief Meteorologist for Fox 4 WFTX Fort Myers/Cape Coral

Derek Beasley

Chief Meteorologist

Hey everyone! I'm originally from Rochester, NY but also spent a large part of my childhood in the eastern Arkansas town of Forrest City which is about 45 minutes west of Memphis. I joined Fox 4 in December of 2015 as chief meteorologist. Prior to working here, I was chief meteorologist at WPMI-TV NBC 15 in Mobile, AL for 6 years. I also worked at WLWT-TV News 5 in Cincinnati, OH first as a morning meteorologist when I arrived in December of 2005, but was promoted within a year to chief meteorologist by Januaryt of 2007. Prior to that, I was a weekend meteorologist and weather producer at KHBS/KHOG-TV in Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, AR, and I started my career in 2003 as a staff meteorologist for WCBI-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, MS.

I received my B.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER!) and received an M.S. degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. I hold the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal from the American Meteorological Society (One of the first 100 seal holders in the country) and the Seal of Approval for Television from the National Weather Association. I also storm chase in my spare time, with many years of experience chasing tornadoes and winter storms in the Great Plains and Southern U.S. and hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and Atlantic. I've witnessed several historic storms including Hurricanes Katrina, Ivan, Isabel, Irma, Irene, and most recently, Florence.

In my spare time, you'll find me doing anything from exploring Big Cypress Preserve or the Everglades, working on my cars to spending quality time with my wife, Lauren, and son, Xaiden.

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