Meteorologist Katie Horner leaves St. Louis station, returns to KC

06/04/2014 1:03 PM

06/04/2014 4:23 PM

As it turns out, TV meteorologist Katie Horner never really left Kansas City.

She had been doing weather at a St. Louis station since January 2013. But she recently quit her gig at KMOV, Channel 4, to return to her home and three daughters here.

“Dear St. Louis friends,” Horner wrote on Facebook May 28, “I have moved back to KC. My children needed me to be home full time. KMOV was supportive of my need to go home. They have been awesome.”

KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Horner had been commuting to and from Kansas City each weekend.

“We hated to see her go, but we also understand her wanting to be with her family,” he said.

On KMOV, Horner delivered forecasts at noon and 5 p.m. weekdays.

She was a fixture — and sometimes a lightning rod for controversy — at KCTV-5 in Kansas City for 17 years. She joined the station in 1994 and became chief meteorologist, replacing Gary Amble, in 1998.

Her occasional (some would say frequent) marathons of severe weather coverage outraged some viewers but typically drew high ratings. Although Horner got the criticism, the truth was that KCTV management called the shots on pre-empting CBS programs, not Horner.

Oddly enough, the official reason Horner left Channel 5, in November 2011, was to spend more time with her kids.

In July of that year, KCTV issued a statement in which then general manager Bobby Totsch said: “We have spent a great deal of time talking about (Horner’s) future and right now she feels she needs some additional time with her young daughters. We discussed several options, but we simply couldn’t figure out a way to make it all work.”

Horner was replaced by current chief meteorologist Chris Suchan. She then reportedly launched a career in real estate.

No word at this point on Horner’s career plans.

To reach Tim Engle, call 816-234-4779 or send email to tengle@kcstar.com. On Twitter: @tim_engle

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