Mary Kay Kleist

kleist Mary Kay KleistMary Kay Kleist is a meteorologist for CBS 2 Chicago.

Kleist joined CBS 2 Chicago in 2002 and while at the station became a “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” in 2007, the highest distinction in the industry, and earned an AMS Seal of Approval and an NWA Broadcasting Seal of Approval. While at the station, she has won four local Emmy Awards for her work on CBS 2 Chicagos′s broadcasts of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. In 2015, she has won three Emmys: for coverage of the April 2015 tornado outbreak, a severe weather special and best on-camera weather anchor.

She also provides the morning forecasts for CBS-owned WUSN Radio’s The Lisa Dent and Ramblin’ Ray Morning Show.


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Kleist joined CBS 2 Chicago from WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Mich., where she had worked as a meteorologist since 1999, reporting the weather for the station’s weekend newscasts.

Kleist worked in Tampa, Fla. (1995-99), as the meteorologist for WFLA-TV. While in Tampa, she also reported the weather for The Tampa Tribune and the local edition of CNN Headline News. Kleist also served as weather anchor at WFLA-AM Radio. Kleist first worked in Chicago from 1994-1995 as a weather anchor for WGN-AM Radio and CLTV.

Kleist began her career at WJCL-TV in Savannah, Ga. (1992-94), where she worked as the weekend weather anchor, as well as a health and general assignment reporter, news anchor, photographer, editor and also anchored the local edition of CNN Headline News.

Kleist graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Central Florida in 1992 with a B.A. in Radio and Television.

She later graduated from the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University.

Kleist lives in Naperville with her husband and two children

Air Quality Alert In Effect Today, Amid Sweltering Temperatures

The warning is in effect until midnight for Cook, DuPage and Will counties, CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist says.

06/11/2016

Lake Michigan Water Levels Rising

Water levels in Lake Michigan have been below average for several years, but that’s changing now.

10/29/2015

NASA Says They’ve Discovered Evidence Of Water On Mars

NASA researchers make a game changing discovery on Mars. Everything we thought we knew about the red planet is turned upside down.

09/28/2015

Past El Niños Offer Clues To What’s In Store For Chicago Area This Winter

This would be one of the five strongest El Ninos since 1950, so, Mary Kay Kleist decided to take a look back to see what previous El Nino winters could tell us about winter in Chicago this year.

08/15/2015

Shop With Reusable Bags? Researchers Have Your Number

A Harvard study came up with some interesting conclusions about what shoppers may be more likely to buy when they’re saving the environment. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.

06/12/2015

Is Your Coffee Maker Brewing Java Germs?

Ten Chicago area families let CBS 2 swab their one-cup coffee makers. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist unveils the results.

05/08/2015

Cool Spring Could Curb Local Butterfly Population

CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports with so much ice coverage on the Great Lakes, we may be in for a cooler than normal spring and that could take a toll on the butterfly population.

02/25/2015

Medical Trial May Help Offset Peanut Allergies

CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, researchers at Lurie Children’s Hospital are conducting a study that may give patients other options in the future. But does it work?

12/08/2014

Doctors: New Technologies, Including 3-D Imaging, Could Replace Traditional Mammograms

When it comes to detecting breast cancer, doctors now have new ways to find tumors and save lives. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.

12/01/2014

What To Do If Your Medicine Has Reached Its Expiration Date

Since the 1970’s, the FDA requires medications to have expiration dates. The government has looked at national stockpiles of medications and found that some may last as long as 15 years longer. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.

11/21/2014

Liposuction Moves To Surprising Area Of The Body

Got “cankles”? Modern medicine may be able to help, CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.

11/14/2014

3-D Printers Help Students Make Prosthetic Hands For Kids

Kaeden Witt and Kylie Wicker were born missing parts of the fingers on one hand. Design engineering students at a Rockford school came to the rescue. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.

07/06/2014

Eyesight In Children Appears To Be Declining; Electronics To Blame?

The world is becoming more out of focus some kids. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist explains.

04/03/2014

Chicago Hospital Evaluates New Stem-Cell Therapy For Pain

CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist looks at a new procedure offered at only a handful of places. It’s still a bit controversial. But some doctors and their patients swear by it.

03/07/2014

University Studying Winter’s Impact On Mood

CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist tells us about a unique study that looks at how bitter conditions affect the mind.

02/13/2014

Study: Viewing Pictures Of Unhealthy Foods Beneficial For Dieters

Social media sites are filled with photos of delicious meals and sinful desserts. Some experts believe looking at pictures of luscious food could actually help us stay on our diets and help curb your appetite.

02/10/2014

Healthwatch: Pills Could Replace Shots For Grass Pollen Allergies

For some people, weekly trips to the doctor for shots to treat their allergies are just as bad as the allergies themselves. But there could be a major change soon in the way serious allergies are being treated.

01/22/2014

Some Types Of Naps More Helpful Than Others

Experts say the ideal time for nap is generally between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Napping later than that can interfere with nighttime sleep. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.

01/17/2014

Cost Of Many Items Could Be Going Up In 2014

Get ready to dig deeper into your pockets this year as prices are going up on a number of items. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist shows you ten that’ll give you sticker shock this New Year.

01/14/2014

Chicago-Area Woman Swears By Magnesium As Sleep Aid

Collin Allison-Walder mixes the powdered form of magnesium and drinks it like a hot cup of tea. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports.

01/10/2014

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