WEWS Channel 5 meteorologist Janessa Webb leaving for network gig at NBC

July 12, 2018

WEWS Channel 5 meteorologist Janessa Webb leaving for network gig at NBC

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- News 5 meteorlogist Janessa Webb is headed for the bright lights of the big city. The certified meteorologist and storm tracker will join NBC News later this summer as on-air meteorologist and producer.

Based at the network’s 30 Rock headquarters in New York, she’ll appear on the “Early Today” program and contribute to weather coverage on MSNBC.

“I’m so honored and my big old smile is bigger than ever,” Webb, 34, said in an email to cleveland.com. “This has been my dream since I was a little girl.”

The new job means Webb will be working alongside former Cleveland weather forecaster, Al Roker, as well as NBC/MSNBC’s national team of meteorlogists including Dylan Dreyer and Bill Karins.

Still, the Anchorage native said it was a hard decision to leave Cleveland.

“Extremely. Coming from Alaska three years ago was a big leap of faith for me,” she said. “The people I’ve met here in Cleveland are incredible.”

Those people include fellow meteorologists Mark Johnson and Jason Nicholas, whom she called her mentors. She also credits News 5 anchor Danita Harris for making her feel like part of her family.

“This community has taken me in even though I wasn’t from here,” she said. “I love Northeast Ohio with all my heart. This place has turned me into the woman I’ve always wanted to be.”

Besides the people, Webb said she’ll miss the food, the local run community and her outreach work in the schools and the woman’s prison here.

Webb’s last day at WEWS is July 29.

“I’m overjoyed, but now the real work begins. I’m ready to learn, grow and get after it!”

Update hourly