It’s official: Albert Ramon is KVUE’s new chief meteorologist

Albert Ramon
Albert Ramon

Albert Ramon has spent the past six months filling in as KVUE’s chief meteorologist.

Now, the gig’s officially his.

The city’s ABC affiliate said Friday that Ramon, who had previously been the featured weathercaster on the station’s morning and midday newscasts, has been promoted.

He replaces former chief meteorologist Mark Murray, who took a voluntary buyout earlier this year.

“Albert is a market-leading talent with the vision and drive to lead the KVUE Storm Team into the future,” KVUE president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said. “We are very excited that he will continue to serve KVUE’s viewers on all of our platforms.”

Ramon joined KVUE seven years ago. In an interview with the American-Statesman earlier this year, he said Murray was “my friend, my mentor, someone I’ve looked up to since I was a kid.”

Before coming to Austin, Ramon worked for a TV station in Corpus Christi.

“Albert is tremendously popular in Austin and has grown into a real leader at KVUE,” news director Mike Redding said. “We are proud to announce this well-deserved promotion.”

Newcomer joins KVUE’s morning newscasts

Cori Coffin (photo courtesy of KVUE)

Early risers have likely noticed a new face on KVUE’s top-rated “Daybreak” and “Midday” newscasts.

Recent arrival Cori Coffin has been anchoring the ABC affiliate’s 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. news broadcasts on a temporary basis alongside Bryan Mays and meteorologist Albert Ramon.

Coffin comes to Austin after spending the past three years at KREX in Grand Junction, Colo., where she also handled morning and midday anchor duties.

At KVUE, Coffin is currently filling in for anchor Yvonne Nava, who is on maternity leave after giving birth to her second son, Bodhi, late last month.

When Nava returns after the holidays, executive news director Frank Volpicella said Coffin will take over as anchor of KVUE’s 4:30 a.m. newscast, a spot vacated by Jessica Vess, who left recently to take a public relations job at Austin Community College.

Weekend morning anchor Jade Mingus has been handling 4:30 a.m. duties on an interim basis, Volpicella said, with former KVUE anchor/reporter Amy Johnston-Harper filling in for Mingus on Saturday and Sunday mornings on a freelance basis.