I’m excited and honored to have this opportunity to return to my TV home,” said chief meteorologist Chris Bailey who first worked at WKYT from 1997 to 2008.
Chris Bailey heads the WKYT 27 FirstAlert Weather team. Using Kentucky’s most powerful Doppler radar, Bailey delivers his forecasts on WKYT’s weekday evening newscasts.
“FirstAlert Defender is a forecasting tool unlike any other in this region,” said Bailey. “The ability this radar has to help us keep you safe is unmatched.”
In addition to WKYT’s newscasts, Bailey’s forecasts appear on wkyt.com and the “Fox 56 10 o’clock News” on WDKY, which is produced through a partnership with WKYT.
Born and raised in Salyersville, Bailey started at WKYT in 1997 as an intern while still a student at Morehead State University. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Bailey became a full-time associate producer at WKYT helping do everything from writing news stories to printing and sorting scripts for anchors.
But Bailey’s passion was always weather.
“It was one of those situations you read about but never think will happen to you,” Bailey said about how he received his big break. “WKYT had an opening for a meteorologist and asked me to make a tape of myself doing a weather segment. They watched the tape, and I was hired the next day to do weekend weather.”
Bailey also graduated from the meteorology program at Mississippi State University. He is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.
Bailey started his broadcasting career at a young age. While in the fifth grade, a flood hit his hometown of Salyersville and he did a live phone report describing the conditions.
“Weather has been in my blood since I was a kid,” Bailey said. “I got the opportunity to become a weather watcher for my old friend, Brian Collins, and which really set me on the path I’m on today.”
During his previous tour of duty at WKYT, Bailey forecasted and delivered breaking weather information for several major events, including the devastating ice storm nine years ago and an F3 tornado that touched down only five miles from his home in 2004.
Before returning to WKYT in March, Bailey worked at WSAZ in Huntington/Charleston, W.V., which along WKYT is owned by Gray Television, Inc. Growing up in Kentucky, Bailey is an avid University of Kentucky Wildcat fan. Whether it's following the Cats to the basketball tournaments or tailgating at Commonwealth Stadium, he’s usually there to cheer on the Big Blue.
When he's not on air doing the weather, you’ll likely find him at his computer updating his blog. “It’s taken on a life of its own over the years,” Bailey said about the blog (kyweathercenter.com) which covers the entire state and receives more than a million hits a year.
Bailey and his wife Scarlett have a nine-year-old daughter.