Nicholas Ferreri, meteorologist and co-anchor of WANE-TV's "First News Weekend," was named the station's chief meteorologist, replacing Jonathan Conder, who's leaving Fort Wayne for a position at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City.

In an announcement, WANE-TV said Ferreri will join anchors Mark Mellinger and Heather Herron on the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts beginning Sept. 30.

Ferreri began at WANE-TV in 2010 after working as a meteorologist at WILX-TV and WSYM-TV in Lansing, Mich. He is a Ball State University graduate who earned a master's degree in geosciences-broadcast meteorology at Mississippi State University. Ferreri is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.

“Nicholas has earned this promotion," WANE-TV News Director Ted Linn said in the announcement. "Earned it through ready execution, calm delivery, virtually mistake-free performance, perfect work record, station-wide respect, balanced demeanor, exemplary team play and efficient organization.

"Nicholas brings to this responsibility eight years observing and growing in three markets. His presence on our unrivaled weekend morning news reveals his multiple talents.”

Conder joined WANE-TV in 2010 as the station's chief meteorologist. He previously worked at Weathernation in Excelsior, Minn., at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City and KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa.

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