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In a year since he joined the FOX 56 News team, Chris Johnson has become Lexington, Kentucky’s go-to weather forecaster. And he is passionate about giving back to the state where he grew up. But now, the skilled meteorologist is moving on to enjoy the next phase of his life. Chris Johnson is leaving WDKY-TV for something that means a lot to him. However, this isn’t the final farewell. Here is what Chris Johnson said about his departure from WDKY FOX 56 News.  

Chris Johnson Exits WDKY-TV

Chris Johnson studied meteorology at Western Kentucky University. He also holds a degree in mass communication from Morehead State University.

His experience as a meteorologist spans all over the state of Kentucky. In June 2013, he started working as a meteorologist at WNKY-TV in Bowling Green. Later, Johnson relocated to Hazard in 2015 and joined WYMT.

Subsequently, the weather forecaster became a weekend evening meteorologist at WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2017. He then moved on in 2019 to a CBS affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky. After two years, Johnson returned to his hometown and joined FOX56 News as a chief meteorologist. He helped launch this new station across the area where he grew up.

Furthermore, Johnson has been recognized by the Associated Press as the best weathercaster in both 2017 and 2019.


Now, Chris Johnson is leaving WDKY-TV to focus more on his family. He and his wife, Sarah, have two lovely daughters and wants to spend more time with them.

His last working day at the station is January 20, 2023, but it is not a final goodbye. Johnson will still be a part of the team on a part-time basis.

Although FOX 56 News viewers will not see him every night on TV anymore, he will continue to give weather updates on his social media as usual. In fact, he will be putting more emphasis on his work as a digital meteorologist.

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Moreover, Chris Johnson will still be filling in occasionally on the air. Meanwhile, meteorologist Justin Esterly will take over the evening spot during the week.