TULSA - Meteorologist George Flickinger is making the move from the weekends and reuniting with Deana Silk on 2News Today.
George is replacing long-time morning meteorologist Julie Chin who is leaving Channel 2 after nine years for personal decisions. Chin's last day is Dec. 23.
"George is a talented meteorologist with over 15 years forecasting experience," said 2News Director Steve Weinstein. "He has a passion for weather and we're fortunate to be able to hire from within."
George joined 2 Works for You in April 2006 as 2News Weekend Morning meteorologist.
He has spent many severe weather afternoons tracking storms in StormChaser 2 and reporting live from the field.
Before that he was the weekend meteorologist on KOKI Fox 23 here in Tulsa for four years. Prior to moving to Tulsa, he was at KTXS-TV in Abilene, TX for six years where he worked his way up to chief meteorologist.
George graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's Degree in broadcast journalism as well as completing his meteorology training there.
He earned his AMS Seal of Approval in 1998 and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) title from the AMS in 2010. George was also awarded first place for "Best Weathercast in Oklahoma" from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists.
Julie joined 2 Works for You as weekend evening meteorologist in September 2002 and within a year spearheaded the development and success of the 2News Weekend Morning newscasts, which are still Tulsa's only weekend morning news programs.
In April 2006, Chin moved to weekday mornings on 2News Today and 2News Midday where she has been ever since. An Emmy Award-winning meteorologist, in her tenure at 2News Chin emceed and participated in hundreds of local community and charity events, educated thousands of students about weather and most recently was the celebrity runner for the Tulsa Run.
In 2007, she received the distinguished William R. Burleigh award from parent company E.W. Scripps for her local commitment and dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma as well as The Adoption Center of Northeast Oklahoma.
Both Tulsa Business Journal and Oklahoma Magazine named her as one of their "Top 40 Under 40" in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Tulsa Business Journal also honored her as one of their Women of Distinction in 2010 and 2011.
"Julie is one of the most popular meteorologists in Oklahoma and although we will miss her presence, both in the station and on-air, we are glad she will be able to spend more time with her family" said 2 Works for You Vice President and General Manager Donna Wilson.