Taft is the weather anchor for ABC 7's 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. Prior to joining ABC 7, Taft was a weather anchor at WMAQ-TV for seven years. Before coming to Chicago, Taft was the weekend weatherman at KMOL-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Antonio, Texas from 1976-1977.
Taft served for 15 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot and forecaster before he began his career in broadcasting. He served as a classroom teacher for aviation and flight planning and as an instructor pilot in the T-38 aircraft.
Taft is a certified meteorologist with the AMS Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin.
With the spring storm season upon us, the ABC 7 team of meteorologists, Jerry Taft, Cheryl Scott, Tracy Butler, Phil Schwarz and the newest member, Larry Mowry, bring you 'Surviving the Storm'. During this half-hour special, they explain why severe weather happens, the tools they use to predict it and how to stay safe, when storms hit.
Mark and Jerry test their skills in identifying between concept and production cars at the Chicago Auto Show.