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Tevian Whitehurst

Meet WBIR meteorologist and journalist Tevian Whitehurst.
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Tevian Whitehurst

Hey there! I moved to Knoxville and joined WBIR at the end of August 2022 to be a meteorologist and journalist. Personally, I’m always looking for the next adventure, and I can feel that Rocky Top has something special about it that I want to be a part of.

I’ve bopped around the country a bit before landing in East Tennessee. I’m from the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, where my family still is. I grew up on seafood, football, fashion and music. But I didn’t really discover the weather until middle school, when Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast. I lived in a woodsy area at the time and seeing 100-year-old trees bending in half at the mercy of those powerful winds is something I’ll never forget. Pretty soon after, I realized I had a knack for broadcast. I did the morning intercom announcements in middle school, then in high school I was an anchor for our morning TV announcements, Live on 5.

For college, I went on to The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!), where I got my B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences with minors in Spanish and Media Production & Analysis. I found lots of success at tOSU, including being the social media chair for the Meteorology Club, a reporter for LanternTV and BuckeyeTV (two of tOSU’s journalism outlets), interning at the U.S. Geological Survey and Spectrum News 1 Ohio, and becoming a weather observer at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport. I’d say my favorite memory was reporting at the 2019 Big 10 Championship in Indianapolis – I got all the behind-the-scenes looks!

After graduation in 2021, my first job was with FOX West Texas in San Angelo, Texas. Similar to this move, I found a totally new environment: The weather, the people, and the town itself were completely different and far from anything I’d experienced before, literally. But I found my community and made it home, which is exactly what I want to do here in Knoxville.

I think I like it here so much because it reminds me a lot of my college town, Columbus, Ohio. It’s got the crazy, unpredictable weather and there’s a good mix of city and country, both of which I’m excited to explore. But, if you’re ever looking for me, your best bet is to check somewhere downtown – I love to be out in the streets.

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