WCCB News Rising Co-host/Staff Meteorologist
WCCB News Rising Co-Host/Staff Meteorologist Derek James has been a part of the WCCB Charlotte team since January of 2005.
Derek has a Certificate of Meteorology from Mississippi State University and is a member of the National Weather Association.
He was honored with the 2009 Best Weathercast Award by the Radio and Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas (RTNDAC) and the 2010 Best Sports Reporting Award for a story on how weather impacts NASCAR teams. Derek also does a lot of work on the overall look of the weather graphics you see during station weathercasts.
Before joining WCCB Charlotte, Derek was the assistant program director/music director at 107.9 The Link and executive producer of the Matt & Ramona Show. He also hosted radio shows for Star 94 in Atlanta and recently spent a year and a half as the morning host at K104.7.
Derek began his broadcasting career at the age of 15 as host and executive producer of “Video News Live,” a live weekly cable access program in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a radio news anchor for Waupaca’s WDUX AM/FM. While a sophomore in high school Derek gained national exposure for his coverage of a propane train tanker derailment/fire and 18 day evacuation of residents in nearby Weyauwega in 1996. He also hosted morning radio shows in Green Bay & Wausau, Wisconsin before moving to Charlotte in 2000.
Derek was the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Carolinas "Celebrity of The Year" in 2002 by raising over $15,000 for the fight against blood related cancers. He actively supports the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and in 2007 was named their “Media Partner of The Year.” Derek also donates time to the Humane Society of Charlotte.
Derek enjoys spending time with his wife Kristen, sons Tyler and Chase and their chocolate lab Dawson.
You can email Derek with weather questions, story ideas or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org