MARQUETTE – Morning meteorologist Jennifer Perez has been promoted to chief meteorologist at WLUC-TV6. She will be the first woman to hold the station at the station.
TV6 Vice President and General Manager Rick Rhoades is excited about the appointment.
“We are delighted to announce the promotion of Jennifer Perez to the position of Chief Meteorologist”, he said. “Jennifer has played a key role in leading our weather team for the past 4 years. Jennifer’s work ethic and passion for the weather are second to none and I am extremely proud of her for this achievement. I am thrilled for our viewers, the community and our entire team here at TV6. Jennifer will shine “
TV6 News director Andrew LaCombe agrees.
“I had the privilege of working alongside Jennifer every morning for three years, and watched her grow as a meteorologist and leader at our station. he said. “Jennifer is one of the hardest working people I have met in the television industry. She loves UP and really cares about the people here. His work ethic is reflected every day. Jennifer will also be an exceptional mentor to the rest of our growing team, and she has already demonstrated it.
“The UP is very fortunate to have Jennifer as its chief meteorologist. “
Jennifer was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Growing up in Florida, she loved watching thunderstorms. Visiting her local weather service, she realized her future was in meteorology.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and began her career at WLUC-TV6 as a news reporter in 2012. During this time, she returned to school of meteorology.
After a three-year stint on TV6, she moved to a weather station with a sister station, WILX News 10 in Lansing, Michigan. In May 2016, she received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Mississippi State University at Mississippi State University and made her next big move to the Ozarks.
At KSPR in Springfield, Missouri, Perez managed to cover the inclement weather. Eventually, she traded the tornado alley for the winter storms of Upper Michigan.
Upon returning to the Upper Peninsula in 2018, Perez started on TV6, achieving recognition from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
She didn’t stop there, however, continuing her education in 2020, earning the seal of approval from the National Weather Association.
Perez is looking forward to the challenge of leading the weather department at TV6.
“I am touched by the opportunity” she said. “It’s a huge honor in itself, not to mention the added privilege of being the first female chef in TV6 history. It is something that I dream of and that I have worked hard for for several years.
“The UP has really become my home. I love the region and the people there. Looking back on my trip, I remember amazing things happening when you’re always looking for the rainbow.
Perez will remain on TV6 Morning News and will play a vital role in the formation of the evening weather team.