Joseph Dames


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Hey there! Thanks for stopping by to learn a little more about me. I’m thrilled to begin 2014 and a new chapter in my life with the viewers of Terre Haute, Indiana. I could not be more excited to bring you the weather in the Wabash Valley, and I hope to send you out the door with a smile.

Before coming to WTHI, I spent some time in Grand Junction, Colorado, at KKCO 11 News. While working on the Western Slope, I had the opportunity to cover wildfires, droughts, the monsoon season and the extreme flooding of 2013. Of course, Colorado is filled with ever-changing weather, so I was also provided a chance to report on mudslides, temperature inversions and mountain snow events.

Colorado was a new adventure, but I’ll never forget home. I stayed true to my Chicago roots, cheering on all of the sports teams (Da Bulls, Da Bears, Blackhawks & Cubbies) from the Rocky Mountain State. I’m not going to lie… It was a long battle with those Colorado sports fans (it might be justified since they’re heading to the Super Bowl XLVIII).

I grew up outside of the ‘Windy City’ in Plainfield, Illinois. Now that I’m returning to the Midwest, I’m looking forward to focusing on severe weather season to season. I spent my time in college just across the border in Charleston, Illinois, where I concentrated on broadcast meteorology at Eastern Illinois University. While there, I  worked as a weather forecaster for the EMMY award-winning program and PBS affiliate, WEIU-TV.

I look forward to getting to know the WTHI viewers. Whether it’s out and about at the farmer’s market, or chasing the next big storm in our area, I can’t wait to meet everyone. Please don’t hesitate to say hello.

I enjoy staying active in my free time, whether it’s hiking, playing sports or running. I’m always looking to try new foods and explore new places, and I can’t wait to get more involved in my new community.