KMPH Hires New Chief Meteorologist Kris Kuyper

By Jim Jakobs

Kris Kuyper will be joining us as our next Chief Meteorologist. His first day of work will be Monday, March 27th.  

He’s got nearly 30 years of weather experience which includes high profile events like the major wildfires in Northern California where he was on a weather wall for 12 hours at a time.

Kris has been a chief meteorologist in several places including Chico (KNVN), Anchorage (KTVA), Bakersfield (KBAK), and Grand Junction (KREX). He earned his B.S. in Atmospheric Science from UC Davis, is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist from the American Meteorological Society and has his Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

Kris will have a couple of Sinclair Buddy’s when he arrives. Michael Nunez will help him with iNews, Justin Willis/Mayra Franco and Christina Lopez will help him with the weather system. I’m really excited to learn from Kris as he’s had extensive experience with WSI and Augmented Reality.

“I’m 6’ 4”, so I might be the tallest meteorologist in the Central Valley, haha. My 2 teenagers are also tall. I ran the Olympic Torch for about a block in Sacramento before the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games. My dad was an aerospace engineer, and worked on the Saturn V rockets of the Apollo program, that took men to the moon in the 1960’s and 70’s. I’m a fan of the Dodgers and Lakers, and I like to work out a bunch, so I don’t block too many temperatures on the screen, lol.” – Kris Kuyper