Chesley McNeil joined 11Alive in 2009 as meteorologist for the morning and noon news and instantly became one of Atlanta's most popular on-air personalities.
He greets viewers every weekday at 4:30am as the host of his own morning show on 11Alive, "Wake Up With Chesley".
Chesley's career began at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia where he produced two weekly shows and soon became the weekend weather anchor. After 8 years at WRIC, Chesley left his job anchoring the weather on Good Morning Richmond and the 8 News at Noon newscasts, and moved to Buffalo, New York where he joined the staff of WGRZ as the morning meteorologist for the Daybreak Morning show and noon newscasts.
Chesley then left all that Buffalo snow behind and moved south to 11Alive!
Chesley served on the Governor's Winter Weather Task Force to help find solutions after Atlanta's 2014 SnowJam. He holds a BA in Mass Communications from Wesley College in Delaware, and an MS in Geosciences from Mississippi State University.
In addition to his career in television, Chesley has taught both undergraduate and graduate level Meteorology and Earth Sciences courses at several colleges and universities. He has been awarded the prestigious American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and is the recipient of numerous professional awards.
He is a member of the American Meteorology Society, the National Weather Association and the National Association of Black Journalists.