Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey returned to Lexington in March 2012 after working three years at a TV station in Huntington, West Virginia. He first worked at Lexington's WKYT from 1997 to 2008 and was the first co-host of the FOX 56 Morning Edition in 2007-08. He's now seen weeknights on the FOX 56 Ten O'clock News.
Born and raised in Salyersville, Bailey started at WKYT in 1997 as an intern while still a student at Morehead State University. After earning his bachelor's degree, Bailey became a full-time associate producer, helping do everything from writing news stories to printing and sorting scripts for anchors.
But Bailey's passion was always weather.
"It was one of those situations you read about but never think will happen to you," Bailey said about how he received his big break. "WKYT had an opening for a meteorologist and asked me to make a tape of myself doing a weather segment. They watched the tape, and I was hired the next day to do weekend weather."
Bailey also graduated from the meteorology program at Mississippi State University. He is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.
Bailey started his broadcasting career at a young age. While in the fifth grade, a flood hit his hometown of Salyersville and he did a live phone report describing the conditions.
"Weather has been in my blood since I was a kid," Bailey said. "I got the opportunity to become a weather watcher for my old friend, Brian Collins, and which really set me on the path I'm on today."
Bailey is an avid University of Kentucky Wildcat fan. When he's not on air doing the weather, you'll likely find him at his computer updating his blog (kyweathercenter.com).
Bailey and his wife Scarlett have a nine-year-old daughter.
Email Chris: email@example.com