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Friday, April 19, 2024

Shel Winkley to leave KBTX News 3 Bryan-College Station

Shel Winkley announced he is leaving his KBTX News 3 Bryan-College Station chief meteorologist in April of 2024.

Kayleigh Thomas joins KBTX's Brazos Valley This Morning.

Max Crawford promoted to chief meteorologist at KBTX Bryan-College Station

Here is what Winkley posted on Facebook: 

"After almost 15 wonderful, exceptional years at KBTX, my last day on-air in the Brazos Valley is April 25th.

From my intern days while at Texas A&M, to walking back in as an employee in 2009, to gaining your trust to lead the PinPoint Weather Team since 2013, this really has been a dream job that I honestly never imagined stepping away from. Know that it had to be an incredible opportunity to further the science of weather and climate that would take me out of your TV. This opportunity is exactly that.

I have grown so much both professionally and personally in my time at KBTX. I cannot say thank you enough for allowing me to earn your trust to cover the storms, hurricanes, historic temperatures, impacts of a changing climate, and just the day-to-day weather of Central and Southeast Texas. But also thank you for the conversations, the questions, and most importantly the support and friendships you have gifted me over this decade and a half.

We can talk about this new chapter and the work I will be doing at another time – but the good news is that I get to do it from right here in Bryan-College Station. While we may not see each other inside of an app or on-air anymore, please do say hello if you see me around town. 

My success as a meteorologist has come entirely from you. So sincerely…thank you, Brazos Valley."

Winkley joined KBTX in 2009 as its morning meteorologist.  He was promoted to chief meteorologist in August 2013.

"Going to miss working with this guy," morning anchor Karla Castillo posted.  "He’s so talented and passionate for what he does. Most importantly, he’s a wonderful dude and amazing friend."

He started his TV news career with KFDA NewsChannel 10 Amarillo as a weekend meteorologist and storm chaser.

The Texas A&M University grad interned with KBTX.  According to his LinkedIn, Winkley has been a meteorologist liaison with A&M since 2014 and a visiting lecturer since 2013.


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