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KVUE promotes Hunter Williams to Daybreak

He'll join the morning team in March.
Credit: KVUE

AUSTIN, Texas — The KVUE Daybreak team has found their new meteorologist in one of their own. Meteorologist Hunter Williams is being promoted to fill the role, joining anchors Yvonne Nava, Rob Evans and traffic anchor Hannah Rucker on weekday mornings.

“It was such a pleasure promoting Hunter and bringing him on to KVUE’s Daybreak team. This promotion deepens our roster of an already strong and experienced team,” said KVUE News Director Christina Ginn.

Williams replaced Daybreak Meteorologist Mariel Ruiz, who was recently promoted to KVUE’s sister station, WFAA, in Dallas, Texas.

“KVUE viewers will continue to get the science and expertise that Mariel offered with Hunter. He’s smart, dedicated and brings years of experience. Whether in the studio or covering storms in the field, Hunter is someone Central Texas can rely on and trust,” said Ginn.

Williams has been at KVUE since January 2020, serving as the weekend evening meteorologist. His weather coverage has been extensive, from several hurricanes to severe weather, to most recently, the winter storm in Texas in February of 2021. Williams displays a passion for telling weather stories in the elements. Whether it’s a storm impacting our community or a hot day at Barton Springs, you’re more than likely to find him on a live shot instead of the studio.

Hunter first realized he wanted to pursue a career in meteorology on April 27, 2011. On this date, a historic tornado outbreak took place across his home state of Alabama. He recalls sitting on his living room floor watching live coverage of the Tuscaloosa EF-4 tornado as it tore through the city. This experience was transformative for Hunter, and ultimately sparked his passion for weather.

Prior to arriving in Austin, Hunter worked at KVUE’s sister station WMAZ in Macon, Georgia. He earned his meteorology degree from Penn State University. Hunter has also received the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society. When he’s not covering the weather, Hunter loves to play basketball and can frequently be found on local trails running and hiking.

Before he starts on Daybreak, Williams will be covering the evening shift while Chief Meteorologist Erika Lopez is spending time with her newborn son. His early mornings start in early March.

You can contact Hunter at hwilliams@kvue.com, or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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