Kalee Dionne joins NBC 5 weather front

Kalee Dionne

Kalee Dionne

Kalee Dionne, morning meteorologist at the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, is coming home to Chicago to join the weather team at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5.

Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, confirmed Friday that Dionne would start in September. No word yet on her specific assignment.

A native of Herscher, Illinois, a small town southwest of Chicago, Dionne told Facebook friends Friday: “I’ve had a great journey in 9 years and 4 different stations . . . 4 different communities and 4 different weather experiences all that I have loved and will always take with me. Now I’m coming home to you Chicago. I will be joining NBC 5 Chicago’s amazing team in the fall.”

Dionne, who has worked at KSHB in Kansas City since 2013, was voted the city’s best meteorologist by KC Magazine in 2014.

She previously worked for WIAT, the CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama; WCIA, the CBS affiliate in Champaign, Illinois; and WSIL, the ABC affiliate in Carterville, Illinois. A graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Dionne received her meteorology degree from Mississippi State University.

NBC 5’s weather team includes Brant Miller, Andy Avalos, Byron Miranda, Alicia Roman and Pete Sack.