Jerry Taft Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 26 Mar, 2018
Facts of Jerry Taft
Date of Birth: 1943 , March-14
Age: 77 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Jerry Taft
Birth Name Jerry Taft
Nationality American
Birth Place/City United States of America
Ethnicity White
Profession Meteorologist
Net Worth $1.5 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Married Yes
Married to Shana Taft
Children 2
Divorce N/A
Education University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Jerry Taft, a former American meteorologist, is known for his work with WLS-TV (Chicago). He served as a chief meteorologist for the network for several years.

The the-74-year-old journalist spent over three decades forecasting weather in Chicago. He worked for WLS-TV (ABC 7) from 1984-2018.

Early Life and Education of Jerry Taft

Jerry Taft was born on March 14, 1943, in the United States. He is of White-American ethnicity and American nationality. He actively involved in the journalism sector from 1970’s to mid-2010’s.

He was enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his higher education. He graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in meteorology.

Jerry Taft's Career

Jerry Taft’s career started off in the 1970s when he joined the KMOL-TV, an NBC affiliate situated in San Antonio in Texas. In 1977, he joined the WMAQ-TV. After this, he was called upon to join the ABC 7 in the year 1984 in August.

Apart from his work on the television, Jerry Taft has also been known for his extensive work on the radio. His endeavors on the radio include the provision of weather reports for the WMAQ-AM as well as the WLS-AM. He worked there in the 1980’s.

Jerry Taft served as a chief meteorologist for the WLS-TV for several years before retiring his career in 2018. He joined the WLS-TV in 1984. 

He was one of the best meteorologists in Chicago and he was acclaimed for his no-nonsense delivery that appeals to many during his career. 

Jerry Taft's Net Worth and Achievements

Jerry Taft’s current net worth is $1.5 million, according to Celebrity Net worth. He used to have $300K salary per year during his tenure with ABC 7. In August 2017, he sold his Lemont house for $1.495 million. Taft and his wife bought this house back in 2005 on $1.6 million.

In 2013, the couple sold their longtime five-bedroom, home for $627K which they bought back in 1994. Currently, they are residing in a lavish mansion in Chicago. 

He has been earning a considerably the amount of salary for his work and this has led him to accumulate such a great amount of money.

Jerry Taft is one of the seven 2009 honorees who had been inducted into the Silver Circle in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He has been described as the favorite weatherman by the Chicago Tribune and his work on radio and television is surely an achievement which has earned him considerable name and fame.

Jerry Taft's Personal Life

Jerry Taft is a married man. He is married to Shana Taft. The couple has been happily married with kids. Taft couple has a son and a daughter together. 

Taft currently lives in Chicago with his children. He is a computer geek and it has been said that he loves golf. He also loves hanging out with his kids and is a family guy who does a thing with his family together.

Jerry Taft also has a niece named Evelyn Taft. She is also a weather reporter and is the morning drive weather reporter for the CBS 2, a CBS-owned station based in Los Angeles.