WDSU Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr to Retire After 45 Years

By Kevin Eck 

WDSU chief meteorologist Margaret Orr is retiring after 45 years.

Orr joined the New Orleans NBC affiliate in 1979 and was promoted to chief meteorologist in 2009.

“From blue skies to severe weather, Margaret has dedicated decades to ensuring all of us here in Southeast Louisiana are informed and safe. It’s been an honor watching her lead the WDSU First Warning Weather team as we serve this incredible community,” said WDSU news director Melissa Dart.


“My purpose has always been to be a positive light while the weather is benign, and to be here when the weather is bad,” said Orr. “I grew up here. I consider the people here my family. I always want to keep them safe and prepared for anything that comes our way.”

In 1993, the Margaret Orr fan club founded The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, a French Quarter dog parade that she emcees every year. In 2024 she was named an Honorary Muse by New Orleans’ first all-female Mardi Gras Krewe Muses.

“We are immensely grateful for the years of dedication, expertise, and community service that Margaret has contributed to Southeast Louisiana. Her retirement marks the end of an era, but her legacy will continue to be an inspiration to us all,” said WDSU general manager Mike Neelly.

Her final newscast will be the 6 p.m. Friday, March 29.