Chikage Windler is the Chief Meteorologist at KEYE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Austin. She forecasts the weather weeknights at 5, 6 and 10, and is proud to be a weather geek!
Chikage has nearly two decades of experience, including guest appearances on ABC's Good Morning America and ABC World News. She also worked in Indianapolis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, Washington, DC, Dallas, and Norfolk, VA. She got her first taste of television working behind the scenes in the Weather Department at KOTV in Tulsa during high school and college, and she never looked back.
She is an Emmy-award winning meteorologist, a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) in the American Meteorological Society, and holds the National Weather Association's Seal of Approval.
Chikage grew up in the heart of Tornado Alley in Oklahoma and saw first-hand the devastation of multiple tornadoes including the deadly EF-5 that hit her parents' neighborhood in Moore in 2013.
She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Meteorology and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. While in Norman, she chased tornadoes during the VORTEX-95 project at the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
When she's not forecasting the weather, Chikage is a busy mother of two girls, Austen and Zailey. She and her husband Jamie are also proud parents of Skipper, a dog they adopted from the Central Texas SPCA. Chikage is an avid runner who used to think marathoners were crazy, until she challenged herself to run one!
Chikage sits on the board of her college alumni club as well as cancer support group "Re: Cancer". She also serves on UT's Environmental Science Institute Advisory Committee and volunteers for organizations including Girlstart, Keep Austin Beautiful and the Austin Parks Foundation.
Chikage is a frequent emcee and attendee at community events across Central Texas. She also volunteers her time visiting area schools to share her love of weather with students from preschool to high school. Email her if you'd like to schedule an appearance: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the questions Chikage gets most often isn't about the weather, it's about her name and heritage. Chikage is half-Japanese and her name means "thousands of views or vistas."