Derek Kinkade Biography
Derek Kinkade joined Storm Team 9 in Columbus, GA, in July 2006 and later climbed the ladder to the Chief Meteorologist in 2011. He hails from Rainbow City, AL in the northeast part of the state. Further, Derek is an avid bowler, with a high game of 279, in fact, he used to average close to 190 a game when I was in high school.
Derek Kinkade Age
It is clear that Derek was born and raised in Rainbow City, AL However, his actual date of birth remains unknown to the public for one reason or the other. Could it be he likes to keep his age private? By the look, he seems 35 years old.
Derek Kinkade Height
Kinkade stands at a height of 1.71m, and his weight is about 72kg.
Derek Kinkade Family
Kinkade has not disclosed his family members, parents and siblings. Mostly because he does not necessarily find this information useful to the public. We will keep you posted should this information be available.
Derek Kinkade Wife
Kinkade is happily married to Taylor Kinkade, who is a former reporter at WTVM. The couple is blessed with one child, a boy called Jackson, who was born in January 2015. They also have Johnny and June, a dachshund and chi-weenie.
Derek Kinkade Career
Kinkade is a summa cum laude graduate from Mississippi State University. He also graduated with a degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast Meteorology and a minor in Communications. In addition, he holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval. Further, he has the National Weather Association Seal of Approval. In fact, Derek is the only meteorologist in the Columbus television market with both.
When Derek was in his senior year in college, he was lucky to work the weekend weather shift at WTOK, the ABC affiliate in Meridian, MS. Then on his first day on TV, he did wall-to-wall coverage of Hurricane Ivan’s landfall. Later, he went to work at WMGT in Macon, GA for 1 year in the morning show weather and then afterward joined Storm Team 9. Derek’s passion for the weather began when he was four years old.
He, in fact, experienced many serious weather events in his life that increased his interest in the weather, like the Blizzard of 1993 and also many other tornado outbreaks. Derek loves visiting schools where he teaches kids the importance of serious weather safety. Further, he has been to the WTVM coverage area several times where he speaks to children for many years. In addition, he also enjoys visiting local restaurants as he works. Outside work, you will find Derek watching college football, especially Roll Tide, or with his friends and family having a good time, or he will be traveling.
Derek Kinkade Salary
Kinkade’s salary is about $105,000 per year.
Derek Kinkade’s Net Worth
Kinkade’s estimated net worth is $2.1 million. His primary source is his job as a Chief Meteorologist at WTVM.
Social Media Accounts
Kinkade is active on social media and he posts personal and work-related stuff from time to time. He has over 2000 followers on Instagram, about 1500 on Facebook, and around 2300 on Twitter.