WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- After 16 years helping southeastern North Carolina through hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, droughts, floods and so much more, Jerry Jackson is heading up the coast.
Jerry has accepted a new job as chief meteorologist at WNCT-TV in Greenville.
"My decision to move to a larger television market was difficult," Jerry said. "Our viewers have been so supportive through the years, and the staff of WWAY are my friends. However, the position at WNCT will allow my family to move closer to home. My wife recently accepted a full-time position as biology instructor with a nearby university. After much prayer and consideration, this is the right move for us."
Jerry started at WWAY in 1998 after graduating from NC State. He became morning meteorologist in 2006 and was promoted to chief meteorologist in 2010.
"I could fill five pages with WWAY memories, many of them quite humorous," Jerry said. "I once covered a snowstorm at the Wilmington airport, and the antenna mast froze on our live truck. We had to use a broom handle to knock it back into place. Of course, I remember the darker moments, including the unprecedented flooding of Hurricane Floyd. But most memories are pleasant. I particularly enjoy meeting with college graduates who once toured our WWAY studios in kindergarten."
Colleagues say Jerry has been a tremendous asset to the WWAY team.
"Jerry's been on air longer than almost everyone in the station's 50-year history," said WWAY interim news director Kevin Wuzzardo, who shared the Good Morning Carolina anchor desk with Jerry for more than three years. "I think most of us here, like many of our viewers, thought Jerry would always be here, because he's become so much a part of us. But life is all about timing, and when you look at the opportunity for Jerry to move to a bigger market and be closer to family, all you can do is wish your friend the best. For those of us here and at home watching, Jerry has been a tremendous friend. He's so much more than just a meteorologist, and we will all miss him dearly."
Jerry's last day on air at WWAY will be Aug. 15. The station hopes to name his replacement very soon.