Kevin Lighty Biography and Career

Kevin is currently living his dream, and it’s a dream that has been nurtured since his childhood in Veedersburg, IN, just an hour away from Champaign. He grew up watching WCIA and even had the opportunity to be a weather watcher for Judy Fraser when he was just a teenager.

From a young age, Kevin’s passion for meteorology was evident as he shot weather videos with his parents’ camcorder whenever storms approached. He would pretend to be a weatherman on TV, knowing deep down that his dream of becoming a real meteorologist would come true one day.

As he grew older, Kevin became a storm spotter for the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, and at the age of 17, he got his first taste of broadcasting as a radio DJ at 94.9 K-Rock and D-102 in Danville, IL.

His journey into TV weather broadcasting began during his time at Vincennes University, where he served as a weather anchor for the PBS station WVUT. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting from Vincennes.

Kevin’s career in television truly took off when he landed his first “real” job at the CBS station WTHI Channel 10 in Terre Haute, IN, where he spent over three years as the weather anchor. During this time, he also pursued higher education at Indiana State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography with a minor in Climatology and a focus on Meteorology.

Moving on to WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky, Kevin served as the morning meteorologist and storm chaser for two years before a brief period doing fill-in weather at WRTV in Indianapolis. In July 2007, he joined KSPR in Springfield, MO, as the Chief Meteorologist, a position he held for a decade. During his tenure there, Kevin covered significant weather events, including the Joplin, MO EF-5 tornado, and storm chased with the Vortex 2 research team. He received numerous accolades, including seven awards for the best weathercast in Missouri over ten years and two Emmy nominations. Kevin was also part of the team that earned a national Edward R. Murrow award for Best Newscast on the night of the Branson Leap Day tornadoes in 2012.