Ucreview – Sterling Poulson, the beloved Chief Meteorologist at KUTV, has recently announced his retirement. His departure has left many viewers saddened, as Poulson has been a fixture at the station for decades. Known for his warm personality and accurate weather forecasts, Poulson has become a trusted voice in the community. The station has not yet announced who will be taking over Poulson’s role, but viewers will undoubtedly miss his presence on the airwaves.
KUTV’s Chief Meteorologist, Sterling Poulson, has announced his retirement. The news comes after many years of dedicated and outstanding service to the station. Poulson has been a beloved figure among viewers, and his contributions to the field of meteorology have been invaluable. He will be greatly missed by all who have had the pleasure of working with him and tuning into his weather forecasts.
After serving Utah viewers with crucial and life-saving weather information for several decades, the esteemed KUTV Chief Meteorologist Sterling Poulson has recently declared his retirement. His presence and expertise will be greatly missed.
For over 50 years, Sterling has been forecasting the weather, starting from his days in the military and continuing for 34 years at KUTV.
According to Kent Crawford, Senior Vice President, Group Manager, and KUTV General Manager, Sterling is a remarkable asset to KUTV and a significant part of what makes the station unique. He added that Sterling’s contributions have not only impacted the employees but also the entire state of Utah.
Sterling is a highly respected meteorologist in the United States, specifically in television. In December of 1989, he became a member of the KUTV 2News First Alert Weather Team. As a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), he has been recognized by the American Meteorological Society for his expertise. From 1997-2000, Sterling served on the Board of Broadcast Meteorologists, and even held the role of chairman for the AMS Broadcaster’s Conference in San Francisco in June of 2000.
Mike Friedrich, the News Director of KUTV, expressed that when he thinks about First Alert Weather and the dedication to provide crucial information to the people of Utah, the first name that comes to his mind is Sterling Poulson.
Sterling has a degree in Meteorology and gained his weather experience while serving in the United States Air Force for ten years. During his tenure, he worked as a Severe Storms Forecaster and was assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Center. He also provided aviation forecasts to support Air Force and Department of Defense missions worldwide. Sterling was assigned to the National Emergency Command Aircraft, 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron, in direct support of “Air Force One” at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He served a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam from 1970-1971. Currently, Sterling is a member of the Utah Air National Guard, where he is assigned to the State Headquarters Public Affairs staff, and is known as the “Voice of the Utah National Guard”.
Sterling is not only dedicated to weather and safeguarding the people of Utah, but he is also renowned for his devotion to Utah communities and philanthropic endeavors.
As the Founder and Music Director of The Choral Arts Society of Utah, Sterling leads the 120-voice choir in up to six concerts every year. In addition to this role, he also serves as the Music Director for the Days of ’47 Pops Concert and holds the position of Executive Vice President at Days of ’47 Inc. Sterling’s passion for music extends beyond his choral work, as evidenced by his service on the board of the Clark Planetarium. He also takes on the responsibility of chairing the board of the West Valley Symphony of Utah.
In addition to his other roles, Sterling is a member of the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Every April, he also has the honor of co-hosting the charity’s annual fundraiser.
According to Crawford, no one can match Sterling’s love and dedication to the communities in Utah. He is an extremely compassionate person who works tirelessly to improve the living conditions of the people. Crawford added that Sterling’s caring nature is evident in every action he takes towards making the communities a better place.
Sterling actively engages with the community by delivering speeches to various organizations and schools, sharing insights on topics such as the television industry, weather, and music.
Sterling will transition into an emeritus role at KUTV by 2024. He will still make appearances at significant community events hosted by the station.
Friedrich expressed her delight for Sterling’s next chapter while acknowledging his continued presence at KUTV to work on projects that he is passionate about. She emphasized Sterling’s integral role in the newsroom, stating that the team will always be thrilled to see him every now and then.
Sterling and his wife, Jacquee, make their home in Centerville. When he’s not busy with work, Sterling loves nothing more than spending quality time with his family, which includes five children and seven grandchildren. An avid fisherman, he also enjoys casting a line whenever he gets the chance.