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. 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

Are peanut butters and crackers an OK snack food? Depends on the peanut butter. (CBS)

Some Snacks Do Not Live UpTo Their Healthy Reputations

CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist talks with a dietitian about the pros and cons of foods believed to be healthier snack alternatives.

09/27/2012

Foodie Gift Guide - coffee

Coffee May Have Health Perks, Research Shows

CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist shows us seven ways coffee may boost your health.

09/24/2012

A CFL bulb (CBS)

CFL Bulbs Conserve Energy, But Are They Dangerous?

As CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, new research shows that these bulbs can emit UV radiation.

09/17/2012

Weather

91 For Afternoon, But Highs In The 70s Later This Week

The way this summer has been going, the notion of a high in the 70s almost seems fit for November.

CBS Chicago–08/07/2012

Weather

Sunshine, Low Humidity To Make For A Beautiful Day In All Neighborhoods

A picture-perfect day is expected for the rest of the afternoon, with full sunshine, low humidity and comfortable highs in the 80s.

CBS Chicago–08/06/2012

Weather

Heat, Humidity To Dominate Until Storms Saturday Night

Heat and humidity will dominate this first day of Lollapalooza, although a lake breeze will make conditions more tolerable.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012

Weather

90-Degree Heat, High Humidity For Afternoon, Possible Storms For Some

Yet again, the stifling heat is building in Chicago, with an afternoon of 90-degree heat and increasing humidity on tap.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2012

Weather

Unlimited Sunshine, Low Humidity For The Rest Of The Day

Conditions will be sunny and comfortable with low humidity Wednesday, but look for the blazing heat to return as the weekend approaches.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2012

Weather

Sunshine And Cooler Lakeside This Afternoon; Rain Didn’t Help Drought

The storms that might have woken you up in the wee hours have gone on their way, leaving sunny skies and close to the lake, pleasantly cool temperatures.

CBS Chicago–07/31/2012

Weather

Warm And Pleasant Afternoon; Thunderstorms For Some This Evening

The clouds earlier in the morning have given way to sunny and pleasant skies, but some areas could be seeing thunderstorms later.

CBS Chicago–07/30/2012

Weather

Sunny And Idyllic Afternoon With Highs Only In The 70s Lakeside

The weather will be idyllic by most estimations for the rest of the day Friday, with the sun shining and the air having a September-like feel with highs just in the 70s along the lake.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2012

Extreme Heat

Chicago Falls Just Shy Of Record For Heat

The temperature is once again expected to rise to 100 degrees on Tuesday, and a heat advisory is in effect for the whole area.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2012

Weather

Tuesday Will Be Another Day Of Extreme Heat

Chicago was bracing for another 100-degree day, prompting emergency officials to ask residents to take precautions.

CBS Chicago–07/16/2012

Weather

Pop-Up Storms Drench Chicago Area

Given the drought we’ve been suffering, Friday afternoon’s messy storms caught a lot of people by surprise.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2012

Weather

Highs To Hit 90 In Some Areas; Look For Rain This Weekend

Parts of the Chicago area are now considered to be in a severe drought, but at least some rain is expected this weekend.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2012

Taste Of Chicago

Picture Perfect Day With Highs In Upper 80s, Lake Cooling As Taste Begins

A picture perfect summer afternoon is in store Wednesday, with just the right weather for enjoying the first day of the Taste of Chicago.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2012

Weather

Breeze To Cool Lakeside Area As High Hits 80s All Around

A pleasant afternoon with a temperate lake breeze is on tap for Tuesday, but the 90s will be back before the week is out.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2012

Weather

Sunny Afternoon Coming With Highs In The 80s, Lake Cooling

The triple-digit heat wave is over at last, a breath of outdoor air no longer feels like a breath of Jello, and walking for miles outside is no longer misery-inducing experience.

CBS Chicago–07/09/2012

Weather

Unseasonably Cool For Monday, But Extreme Heat Coming This Week

The weather is cool and springlike Monday, but don’t get used to it.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2012

An alarming number of small children are having grown-up dental problems that require surgery. (CBS)

Preschoolers Plagued With Grown-Up Dental Problems

As CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, a growing number of preschoolers have mouthfuls of cavities that require surgery to fix.

06/21/2012

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