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As Expected, Meteorologist Todd Yakoubian Joins KARK

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After months of hints and speculation, former KATV meteorologist Todd Yakoubian has joined Little Rock rival KARK-TV, Channel 4, as its chief meteorologist.

KARK announced the hiring Wednesday, six months after Yakoubian announced he was leaving KATV after 18 years, describing the weatherman as the “most-trusted meteorologist in central Arkansas.”

Yakoubian will lead five other meteorologists on what Channel 4 describes as the “Arkansas Storm Team.”

“It’s a privilege and honor to lead the Arkansas Storm Team as KARK’s chief meteorologist,” Yakoubian said in Channel 4’s announcement. The station noted that Yakoubian grew up in Little Rock dreaming of keeping Arkansans apprised of severe weather. “It’s not just about experience, it’s trusted experience that makes the difference,” he said.

KARK’s announcement confirmed what Arkansas media professionals have been talking about since Yakoubian said in an August backyard video that he was leaving Channel 7 for another opportunity. He promised to say more “when the time is appropriate.”

After Yakoubian’s announcement, KARK held a giveaway of free stuffed yaks for viewers, and the Arkansas Times speculated that he was joining Channel 4.

Yakoubian will make his KARK debut on the 4 p.m. broadcast March 4, and will fill the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weekday slots as well.

Yakoubian, who has a broadcasting degree from the University of Oklahoma and a broadcast meteorology certificate from Mississippi State, is certified by the American Meteorological Society as a broadcast meteorologist.

He joined KATV in August 2005 after six years at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His first broadcast job was at KPAX-TV in Missoula, Montana.

“We’re thrilled to have an experienced market-leading specialist like Todd join our innovative Arkansas Storm Team,” KARK General Manager Kyle King said. “He’s a trusted meteorologist who will bring a vast legion of followers to our media operations, as we continue to deliver best-in-class weather coverage.”

KARK News Director Ernie Paulson called the hiring a game-changer. “Todd’s work ethic, knowledge, and experience are unmatched in this market. His addition … will help keep people safe, informed, and provide the very best weather coverage in our state.”

Yakoubian thanked KARK’s management for its support and commitment to providing its meteorologists with the newest technology available. “No matter what platform you use to get weather information, KARK weather will be there with more content than ever online, on the Arkansas Storm Team app, social media and television. The trust Arkansans have placed in me over the last 18 years will never be taken for granted.”


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