Derek James – WCCB Charlotte’s CW

WCCB News Rising Co-Host/Staff Meteorologist Derek James has been part of the WCCB Charlotte team since January 2005.

Derek holds a meteorology certificate from Mississippi State University.

Alongside the co-hosting of Rising from 5am-9am Derek writes, produces and hosts “The Snark Report”, a daily five-minute entertainment news segment filled with satirical commentary and comedy sketches. He was voted Best Male Presenter in Charlotte at Elevate Magazine’s 2013, 2014 and 2016 “Best of the City” awards and won Best Stage Performance in 2012. Derek received the 2009 Best Weather Reporter Award of radio and television. News Directors Association of the Carolinas (RTNDAC) and the 2010 Best Sports Reporting Award for an article on the impact of weather on NASCAR teams.

Prior to joining WCCB Charlotte, Derek was Deputy Program Director/Music Director of 107.9 The Link and Executive Producer of The Matt & Ramona Show. He also hosted radio shows for Star 94 in Atlanta and spent a year and a half as a morning host at K104.7.

Derek began his broadcasting career at the age of 15 as the host and executive producer of “Video News Live”, a weekly live cable access show in Wisconsin. Soon after, he was hired as a radio news anchor for WDUX AM/FM. While a sophomore in high school, Derek gained national exposure for his coverage of the propane tanker train derailment/fire and the 18-day evacuation of residents in Weyauwega, Wisconsin in 1996. He also hosted morning radio shows in Green Bay and Wausau, Wisconsin before moving to Charlotte in 2000.

He is an active supporter of Metrolina’s Second Harvest Food Bank and in 2007 was named “Media Partner of the Year”. Derek has also coached for “Let Me Run,” a non-profit organization that uses running to teach boys to be brave enough to be themselves, build healthy relationships, and lead active lives.

Derek also volunteers his time to many other non-profit organizations including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Humane Society of Charlotte, Choir School of St. Peters, Association of Fund-raising Professionals & Hinds’ Feet Farm.

Derek enjoys spending time with his wife Kristen, sons Tyler and Chase, and their chocolate lab Dawson.

He writes a monthly column for Charlotte Parent Magazine called “Daddy Derek” full of inspiring, funny and interesting advice from a clumsy dad’s perspective.

You can email Derek with questions, story ideas or comments at [email protected]

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