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 first as morning meteorologist at WLWT-TV News 5 in Cincinnati, OH then was promoted to chief meteorologist in January of 2007. Prior to that, I was weekend meteorologist at KHBS/KHOG-TV in Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, AR and I started my career in 2003 as a meteorologist for WCBI-TV in Columbus, MS.

I received my B.S. in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER!) and received a 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 sealholders in the country) and the Seal of Approval for Television from the National Weather Association. I also stormchase 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 car to spending quality time with my wife, Lauren and son, Xaiden. We are happy to call Southwest Florida home and look forward to continuing to soak up warm weather and beautiful sunshine for many years to come!

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