A Quad-City meteorologist is headed to a warmer, but possibly stormier, climate.
Anthony Peoples, 52, of Moline, will be on the air on WHBF-TV for the last time April 28. Less than week later, he’ll head to Panama City, Florida, where he will be the morning and midday meteorologist for the ABC affiliate.
The Quad-Cities has become a second home for Peoples, who originally is from Mayfield, Kentucky. “I moved here around Thanksgiving 2005. That’s the longest I’ve ever lived in anywhere in my life,” he said.
After Peoples earned his bachelor degree in radio and television news, with a minor in criminal justice, at Murray State University, he began to seek work.
For some time, he supported himself waiting tables and tending bar. Finally, he decided to give television one more shot, and sent out 230 cover letters and resumes to small- and medium-sized all over the country. He received a job offer from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, as a morning weathercaster.
He did a lot of television work in various capacities and locations across the United States, then returned to Chicago and began to tend bar again. He decided to earn his meteorology certification from Mississippi State University through a distance-learning program that included 17 courses chosen by the American Meteorological Society.
Eventually, he came to the Quad-Cities, and worked as a meteorologist at WQAD from 2005 to 2012. Then he worked at WHBF from March 2013 until now.
He and his husband, Ray Forsythe, planning and economic development director for the city of Moline, will maintain a long-distance relationship. Their daughter is a student at Alleman High School, Rock Island.
In the meantime, he’ll miss the snow, but not the bitterly cold temperatures. “While you guys are shivering at 30 to 40 below zero, I’ll be trading it in for the possibility of tropical storms and hurricanes”
He’ll also miss his family, including his sister, Tammy Reeves, of Moline along with his “work wife” Emily Scarlett, who was his morning co-anchor for the last three years. She, too, is leaving WHBF, and is moving to Columbia, South Carolina.
“We’re both heading south to warmer climates,” he said.