Nov. 22, 2022 – CBS Philadelphia will grow its NextWeather team of meteorologists in January 2023 to deliver more local weather forecasting and reporting to its audiences across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware on its broadcast, streaming and digital channels. The announcement was made today by Kathleen Gerrow, vice president and news director, CBS Philadelphia.

In January, veteran CBS Philadelphia meteorologist Kate Bilo will transition from evenings to daytime, in large part to address the growing demand for weather coverage on the CBS News Philadelphia streaming channel. Bilo will also appear on KYW-TV (CBS 3) during the station’s weekday 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM, ET newscasts.

Beginning Jan. 9, award-winning broadcaster Bill Kelly will join the CBS Philadelphia NextWeather team as chief meteorologist. He will appear weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 PM, ET, on CBS 3, at 10:00 PM on WPSG-TV (The CW Philly), and on the CBS News Philadelphia streaming channel.

Kelly has most recently served as chief meteorologist for WJLA-TV, the Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. Over the course of his more than 20-year career, he has been honored with 12 regional Emmy® Awards, six Associated Press awards, and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for technological innovation.

In addition to his on-air work when he was employed by Sinclair, Kelly also served in corporate leadership roles. He helped develop company-wide weather protocols and content and also provided mentoring and training to colleagues. In addition, Kelly has been a speaker at the National Weather Association’s annual meetings.

Kelly has family ties to the tri-state community, as his parents are graduates of Pennsbury High School in Bucks County, and he spent his childhood summers with his grandparents in Levittown and Fairless Hills.

“We are excited to fortify our NextWeather team and strengthen our competitive position across the whole day,” said Gerrow. “We look forward to having Kate bring her considerable knowledge and experience to the heart of the day, both on CBS 3 and by helping us develop more weather programming for our streaming channel.”

“And Bill’s innovative approach to telling the weather story will help us take NextWeather at CBS Philadelphia to the next level,” Gerrow added. “We look forward to welcoming him to our family and having him join Kate, our weekday morning meteorologist Llarisa Abreu, and weekend meteorologists Tammie Souza and Andrew Kozak on our NextWeather team.”

Family and roots are so important to me,” Kelly said. “The opportunity to raise my three amazing daughters in the same place their grandparents were born and raised is beyond a blessing. I can’t wait to share with them all of the incredible things about the Philadelphia area that I love!”

Kelly has previously served as chief meteorologist for stations in Phoenix, Columbus, Ohio and Spokane, Wash. He received his bachelor’s degree in broadcast news communications from California State University and broadcast meteorology certification from Mississippi State University. He holds the National Weather Association (NWA) Weathercaster Seal of Approval.


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