Meteorologist Bob Kovachick is back in the air at WNYT and NewsChannel 13

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Many of you have asked what happened to Bob Kovachick (the WNYT weatherman has been off the air since mid-May). He returned to the air yesterday (July 5).

Kovachick, who joined WNYT in 1988 as NewsChannel13’s chief weatherman, was away on a brief leave.

He is required to wear tinted prescription glasses, according to the station’s Instagram post. His colleagues joined in to “make him feel more at home”.

I reached out to the NewsChannel13 veteran in his spare time, but got no response.

WNYT News Director Michael Raffaele replied “thank you for contacting us. Bob Kovachick is a valued member of our NewsChannel13 family and will be back on the air as soon as possible” when we tuned in last month.

When the people who have public-facing jobs in the media are absent, viewers/readers/listeners notice. This is a good thing. Our stories about the whereabouts of the shows are among the most read. In a time when media consumption isn’t as high as it was a decade ago, we’re all grateful when consumers engage with our product – and the people who support it.

That said, we also all have a right to our privacy. It’s a funky, fine line, unfortunately, when a work is public – and based on public interest.

Kovachick may be one of the most recognized faces in the Capital Region, but that doesn’t mean viewers have a right to know the details of his absence. Unfortunate, perhaps, for viewers who have come to care about him, but a reality.

He also took sick leave in the spring of 2021.

See Subrina Dhammi’s post on Kovachick’s return here.



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