From being a chief meteorologist at WLS-TV to being an Uber driver, Jerry Taft’s career is one to be remembered by many. America is famous for many meteorologists and Jerry Taft is one such name which comes to our mind. Jerry was born on March 14th 1943 and he has served in various capacities including the coveted post of chief meteorologist for the famous WLS TV in Chicago.

It also would be pertinent to mention here that Jerry Taft is a war veteran of the United States Air Force and therefore he has done quite a few good things to the country. His ambition to become a meteorologist was quite focused and that is why he did his degree in Bachelor of Science with specialization in meteorology. He did his bachelors from the University Of Wisconsin Madison. 

He is married to Shana Taft, who he was dating for a few years, before he tied the knot. There are no rumors around the marriage of the couple and we have to conclude that they are happily married. They have two kids, a boy and a girl. Jerry and Shana sold their massive five bedroom house for a whopping amount of $627,000.


As far as the career of Jerry Taft is concerned, it all started with his first assignment way back in 1984 when he joined ABC 7. He has over the years changed quite a few jobs and eventually he became the chief meteorologist for WLS TV. In January 2018, Jerry quite his job at ABC 7 after more than 30 years of being a reporter. Her niece Evelyn Taft took over from him as a weather reporter and works for CBS 2 in Los Angeles.

In the early 1980s, Taft also featured in radio and gave frequent weather reports. In a poll conducted in 1997 by Chicago Sun-Times on Chicago meteorologists, Jerry was ranked second to Steve Baskerville of WBBM-TV. After his retirement, Jerry relocated to Naples, Florida where he works as an Uber driver. His part-time engagement was indeed fruitful as he was able to raise 84 dollars on his first day at work. Jerry has been able to amass a net worth of 1.5 million dollars from his work as a meteorologist where he received a salary of 300 thousand dollars.

Hence at the end of it all when his biography is written there are reasons to believe that he has been quite successful and has a lot to show as far as his life is concerned. He is 75 years old and continues to lead a healthy and happy retired life.

Last Modified: 19 May, 2018

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