Rafer Weigel born on May 5, 1969 is known as an American broadcast journalist, actor and the early morning weekday news anchor and general assignment reporter for WFLD-Channel 32 in Chicago. Weigel grew up in Evanston, Illinois as the son of the Chicago television sportscaster and newspaper columnist Tim Weigel and former WGN Radio news anchor Kathy Worthington, so for him journalism runs in the family.
Rafer Weigel Parents, Siblings, Early Life
He is also the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder John Jacob Weigel, who was also at a point the Lawrence Welk radio announcer. He has two sisters, Jenniffer Weigel, a former Chicago television news anchor and published author, and Teddi, his younger sister. Growing up Weigel regularly spent time among journalists and media personalities, including columnist Mike Royko, Studs Terkel, Steve Dahl, Gene Siskel and Richard Roeper. Weigel went to Evanston Township High School, where he performed on stage with the Piven Theatre Workshop’s Young People’s company and graduated in 1987.
Rafer Weigel Education Details
He then continued his education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a degree in theatre in 1992 after finishing his studies in London.
Rafer Weigel Career Details
During his time in college he worked summers as an intern for his father at WLS-TV and after graduation began his career as an actor making his debut at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre as the title role in “Master Harold…and the Boys”. His first role in a TV Show was on the locally filmed TV show The Untouchables and shorty afterin 1993, Weigel was hired for a news magazine show featuring younger journalists. A few months later, Weigel was hired as an on-camera host for VH1 where he joined future Headline News colleague A.J. Hammer. Then in 1995, Weigel returned to Hollywood, landing small speaking roles on ER and Party of Five, and guest starring on JAG, Charmed, and Vengeance Unlimited. In 1997, Weigel was hired as a series regular on the NBC sitcom Jennystarring Jenny McCarthy, however that series lasted only for one season. During this year he also landed the role of the Dark Jedi Yun in the video game Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. Soon thereafter, Weigel began his film career as Robert alongside actors William Shatner and Eric McCormack in the cult movie Free Enterprise.
After his father’s death in 2001, Weigel decided to follow in his footsteps and started pursuing a career in journalism, returning to Chicago where he wrote an essay after his father’s death that was published in the Chicago Sun-Times. A year later he moved back to Los Angeles where he started working for the sports department at The Los Angeles Times andalso began writing articles for The Times on a freelance basis until a year later when was hired full-time as a high school sports staff writer. Weigel’s first on-camera journalism job came in 2005 as a freelance reporter for KUSI in San Diego for the weekend morning show and in February 2006 was hired by the CBS-owned and operatedstation KOVR in Sacramento as a general assignment reporter. In February 2008, Weigel joined the cast of the morning show Morning Express with Robin Meade and a few years later in March 2011 he became the new weekend sports anchor and reporter at WLS Channel 7 in Chicago, the station where his father spent 17 years as an anchor. On September 1, 2017, Weigel joined WFLD-TV in Chicago as a weekend evening news anchor and general assignment reporter, a job he kept until October 2019 when Weigel was suspended after a northwest Indiana court revealed three-way allegations of harassment and revenge porn, and although he was never officially accused of a crime, on January 27, 2020 he was fired from WFLD.
Rafer Weigel Marriage Details And Kids
With a height of 5’ 11” and a weight of approximately 171 lbs, Rafer Weigel who is now 51 years old married photographer Tiffany Weigel back in 2002 and the couple had a son named Heathcliff John Weigel on November 20, 2009, but after more than a decade of marriage the couple separated and on August 2018 he became engaged to Kathy Browne, who also has a son from her previous relationship. Although now unemployed, sources estimate Weigel’s net worth at around $1.5 million, although it is unknown how he spends his wealth as there are no details about his house, spending habits or cars, however he was seen renting cars multiple times, so at the very least he has a driver’s license.