Patrick Ellis has been covering the weather in Mississippi for over six years while inspiring LGBTQ+ youth. Anyone who followed him on WLBT and WDBD knows he is going places professionally. Now that opportunity has arrived, and Patrick Ellis is leaving WLBT and FOX 40 News for a new position. Since his announcement, Jackson residents have been wondering where Patrick Ellis is going next and if he will remain in Jackson. Read on to learn what Patrick Ellis said about his departure from the WLBT First Alert Weather team.
Patrick Ellis Preparing to Leave WLBT First Alert Weather
Alabama native Patrick Ellis overcame his childhood fear of thunderstorms to become a broadcast meteorologist. He graduated from Mississippi State University’s highly touted meteorology program.
In college, he chased after two storms in 2011. And Ellis got his first broadcasting job while at Mississippi State, doing weekend forecasts at WeatherVision.
He later covered weather during weekends at an ABC affiliate in Greenville. He also covered severe weather in the Carolinas for four years while working at a station in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Ellis returned to Jackson, Mississippi, and has been part of the First Alert Weather team at WLBT since. He did the morning weather forecasts at the station and FOX 40 News.
Patrick Ellis is an openly gay working meteorologist and an inspiration to many. He shared his coming out story In 2017 to encourage others struggling with who they are. And his followers were moved by his post and motivation.
It’s an understatement to say that the meteorologist’s presence in the Jackson community goes beyond just a face on TV. And that’s why they’ll miss him when he moves on to his new job.
On April 14, the news broke on his social media that Patrick Ellis is leaving WLBT/FOX 40 News and Jackson. The talented weather anchor is heading to Memphis, Tennessee, where he will be the new morning meteorologist on WMC Action News 5.
His friend, Brittney Bryant, recently wrapped her last day on the air at WMC-TV. And Ellis will be taking her place soon.
But it won’t be for a few more weeks, as Ellis stated his last day in Jackson will be in late May. Meanwhile, Spencer Denton will help WMC Action News 5 viewers transition from Bryant to Ellis on their screens.
Patrick Ellis will probably announce his last day on the air at WLBT soon. But also keep checking his social media for further updates and make the most of his last few weeks in Jackson.