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Southeast Texas Meteorologist Kerry Cooper joins 12News StormTrackers

Cooper made his big debut during the 5 p.m. show on Monday May, 23, 2022.

BEAUMONT, Texas — 12News is excited to welcome meteorologist Kerry Cooper to the 12News StormTrackers, the most-experienced weather team in Southeast Texas.

Cooper made his big debut during the 5 p.m. show on Monday May, 23, 2022. You'll be able to watch Cooper on weekend broadcasts and during the 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. broadcasts Monday through Wednesday. 

“I’m very excited to join the 12News family,” said Cooper. “The StormTrackers are without a doubt the most trustworthy source for weather forecasting in this area, and I’m happy to add my experience to the team just in time for hurricane season.”

Cooper was born and raised in Southeast Texas. He grew up in Orange and graduated from Little Cypress Mauriceville.

Cooper earned his degree in meteorology from Mississippi State in 1994. He began his career at 12News’ sister station, KCEN, in Waco in 1995.

After leaving KCEN, Cooper came back to Beaumont in 1997 and spent more than 20 years forecasting the weather here in Southeast Texas. 12News News Director Ginny Sweeney said Cooper's extensive knowledge and vast experience make him a great addition to the StormTrackers team. 

“Throughout his career, Kerry has shown himself more than up to the challenge of tackling our weather,” said Sweeney. “He’s forecasted everything from hurricanes to hail, and personifies our motto of “Putting Southeast Texas First.”

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From a 12NewsNow press release: 

Beaumont — 12News is excited to announce that meteorologist Kerry Cooper, a mainstay in Southeast Texas weather, has joined the 12News Storm Trackers effective immediately.

“I’m very excited to join the 12News family,” said Cooper. “The Storm Trackers are without a doubt the most trustworthy source for weather forecasting in this area, and I’m happy to add my experience to the team just in time for hurricane season.”

Cooper is a life-long Southeast Texan, having grown up in Orange and graduating from Little Cypress-Mauriceville. He earned his meteorology degree from Mississippi State in 1994 before starting his career at 12News’ sister-station in Waco, KCEN in 1995. Cooper then came home in 1997 and spent over 20 years forecasting in Southeast Texas.

“Throughout his career, Kerry has shown himself more than up to the challenge of tackling our weather,” said Ginny Sweeney, News Director. “He’s forecasted everything from hurricanes to hail, and personifies our motto of “Putting Southeast Texas First.”

Cooper’s first broadcast with 12News was at 5pm on Monday, May 23rd. He will settle into his regular schedule this weekend on KBMT-ABC. Cooper can always be found anytime on 12NewsNow.com and on the 12NewsNow App.

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