Jordan Steele leaving CBS Austin for Seattle gig

Jordan Steele (CBS Austin photo)
Jordan Steele (CBS Austin photo)

CBS Austin’s Jordan Steele will soon wave farewell to Central Texas viewers.

Steele, who handles weather duties on “CBS Austin This Morning” and co-hosts “We Are Austin,” is heading to Seattle, where he’ll deliver forecasts weeknights on KING-TV, the local NBC affiliate.

His final day at CBS Austin will be Feb. 28. The decision to leave was tough, Steele said.

“I planned on staying in Austin a long time. My wife did, too,” he said. “We love it here.”

But the Seattle opportunity, when it presented itself, was too good to pass up. In addition to delivering the weather weeknights, Steele says he hopes to do much, much more.

“I’m going to have the ability to be creative,” he said. “They want me to do more than just the weather. I love weather, but I want to keep growing and picking up new skills.”

That could include things such as appearances on KING’s lifestyle show or even specials.

“I’ve got ideas spilling out of my ears,” Steele said. “I’m looking forward to trying something new.”

Steele arrived at CBS Austin almost five years ago, starting on weekends before shifting to mornings about two years ago. The energetic meteorologist says he’ll miss his colleagues on the early shift – Allison Miller, Chris Saldaña and Chrisdyann Uribe – but is confident his replacement, when selected, will be able to slide right in with ease.

“We’ve really built this different morning show,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun. We’re like a family.”

Getting to co-host “We Are Austin” with Taylor Ellison was an added bonus, Steele said. The show explores Austin bars and restaurants, recreational opportunities, events and more.

Steele credits CBS Austin vice president and general manager Amy Villarreal with giving him the opportunity to explore his creative side on the show.

“Being able to be a part of that show has been an amazing blessing,” he said. “I’m able to be my own person, to be me.”

Personally and professionally, Steele said Austin has definitely left its mark on him and on his family.

“From now on, I think when people ask where I’m from, I just might say Austin because it’s made such an impression,” he said.

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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