New face on ABC 7 weather front

Troy Christensen

Troy Christensen

Troy Christensen, who began as a weather intern at WLS-Channel 7 while a student at Naperville Central High School, returned to the ABC-owned station this weekend as an on-air meteorologist.

Just in from KFOR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, Christensen debuted on the 6 and 8 a.m. Saturday newscasts anchored by Stacy Baca. News director Jennifer Graves confirmed his hiring for the Saturday morning position. 

“Was a great first day at @ABC7Chicago!” Christensen tweeted. “Special thanks to @StaceyBacaABC7, @SchwarzABC7, everyone behind the scenes, and everyone watching!”

Meteorologist Phil Schwarz introduced Christensen to television weather forecasting during a summer internship at ABC 7 in 2006. The Naperville native went on to study meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

After two years at KLBK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lubbock, Texas, he joined KFOR in 2010. He moved back to Chicago in August while his wife pursues graduate studies.

At ABC 7, Christensen succeeds Mark Bishop, who left last June to join WZTV-TV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville, Tenn., and to teach at Trevecca Nazarene University.