Joseph Dames joined the WTHI-TV team during the cold and snowy month of January 2014. He is currently the weekend and midday weather forecaster, and you’ll also catch his weather, science and other feature pieces on the evening newscasts.
Before coming to WTHI, Joseph spent some time in Grand Junction, Colorado, at KKCO 11 News and KJCT News 8. While working on the Western Slope, Joseph worked as a weekend weather anchor and reporter before moving to the morning show. During his time in the Rockies, he covered the ever-changing weather including mountain blizzards, monsoon mudslides and dry wildfires.
Joseph has covered many stories while being part of the Wabash Valley but his favorites are the human-interest science pieces that educate the community. It’s always a pleasure hearing viewers striking up conversations after seeing the science behind the Valley’s wonders.
Joseph grew up in Plainfield, Illinois, just miles outside of Chicago. Plainfield is notorious for the 1990 F5 tornado, which spawned Joseph’s interest in weather. He went to college just across the border in Charleston, Illinois, concentrating on broadcast meteorology at Eastern Illinois University.