After Leave Of Absence, Chuck George Returns to Tucson’s KOLD

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By Merrill Knox Comment

Chuck George, who took a leave of absence from Tucson CBS-affiliate KOLD after a rambling appearance on the air last month, has returned to his post as chief meteorologist.

George made his first appearance to little fanfare on yesterday’s 4 p.m. newscast, which is co-anchored by Scott Kilbury and Heather Rowe.  “We want to welcome back chief meteorologist Chuck George, who joins us now with a check of the forecast,” Kilbury said. George went on to report the weather on the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“It worked out well,” KOLD general manager Debbie Bush told Inside Tucson Business. “We actually had a change in weather today.” Bush did not comment on the details of the chief meteorologist’s absence.

On September 6, George Tweeted 33 times in rapid succession about a variety of topics — like Sharon Osboure and the cleanliness of the restrooms at KOLD — before appearing slow and sluggish on the evening newscast. He was unable to finish his weather report, leaving his co-anchors to finish it for him.

KOLD meteorologists Erin Jordan and Aaron Pickering have been filling in for George in the interim period. The station also used a freelance weathercaster, Troy Barrett, to fill in on the weekends.

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