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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.

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  • Melissa

    Mr. Jerry, I hate to see you leave, but Good Luck with your position. I only watch tv 3 for the weather report, to me it’s the only channel that has the accurate weather report. Maybe the gentleman that is coming in willbe ok,but will never fill your shoe. God bless you and your family!!!!

  • ireckon

    Greenville Jerry! Holy carp! Why, why, why? Now we are stuck with “Howard Cosell” on channel 6! Geez! Seriously, good luck Jerry! I too will miss that drawl. Don’t ever change it, I don’t care who says so!

  • Donna Shawver

    Geez, Jerry, guess I’ll be looking for you and your mosaic when I visit family in Greenville. Wish you and yours all the best!

  • Theresa Ring

    Say it is not so! We will miss you greatly! We have watched you grow up! Thank you for the years of dedicated service. Wishing you the very best! Charlie and Theresa Ring, Wilmington, NC

  • taxpayer

    reminds of the weather report in the movie Doc Hollywood…smooth with a Southern drawl…very nice.

  • Sue Beaman

    We are proud of your many accomplishments and wish you the best in Greenville. So glad you and your family are coming home!!!

    Aunt Sue, Gary, Kristen, Heather, Bradley, Maysa

  • Jerry Jackson

    I want to thank all of you for the kind words. Your support through the years meant so much, and I will miss my extended broadcast family.


    Jerry Jackson

  • Sue Beaman

    Hey Shannon

    We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you the best on your next journey. Your family is very glad you, Sharon and Connor are coming home!!.

    Aunt Sue, Gary, Kristen, Heather, Bradley and Maysa

  • Hosea Williamson

    Jerry, We will sure miss you. you always did a good job.

  • Robin

    I don’t want to miss this opportunity to say thank you. You have served tirelessly for many years. I remember when you first came on air…the most thorough forecast EVER! I recall how you explained “why” things were happening and not just “saying” the weather forecast. I must say that there have been two sad days for me regarding the weather; the first being when Kim Downing passed (another great weatherman/guy) and your leaving is the second. Wishing you well in your new job and God bless you and yours always.

  • Guest3130

    When our family first moved to Wilmington, WWAYTV-3 in the morning with Marcy, Kevin & Jerry made us feel at home – my grandson went on a field trip to the station to learn about meteorology and now he very much wants to be a meteorologist. Thanks, Jerry, for that and everything else! We will sorely miss you!

  • SurfCityTom

    from Roy and Dale, “Happy Trails To You”

    I’d be careful sporting a State sticker on your vehicle around Greenville.

  • USMC

    Jerry: Really sad to see you go, but career advancement is what we all want. Thanks for 16 great years keeping us informed and hope you have many successful years before you. Good Luck!

  • Taxpayer II

    I must say that in my 50+ years, you are the best on television of all
    the stations I have watched. Good luck!!!!

  • David Davis

    I will miss you Jerry. You were so nice to me when we visited the newsroom a few years ago. The storm fests will not be the same anymore for me. The atmosphere academy helped me learn a lot. The Hurricane Hazel special was fantastic. You will be GREATLY missed. Goof Luck, Your Friend,Davis

  • clinton smith

    I just wont be the same withou you
    You will be deeply missed good luck to you and you familiarize

  • Rusty

    Best of Luck to you Sir :)

  • Brian Fairbanks

    Sorry too hear that you are leaving WWAY. You will surely be missed by us all. Good luck!

  • we will miss you jerry. not only on wway but in the town if wallace, we have enjoyed you on the air and as a citizen in wallace. we thank you again for your refresher on hurricane preparednes at the wallace fire department. we wish you well in your move.

  • guest45

    Jerry you brought a lot of class to the newsroom, will miss you, but I too look forward to getting out of this town, lucky you!

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