Rafer Weigel is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been actively contributing to Media & Communication for over 20 years.
Currently, he has been working as a news anchor and reporter at Fox 32 WFLD-TV in Chicago since September 2017.
Before joining Fox 32, he was affiliated as the weekday evening news anchor at KTVI in St. Louis for three years.
Additionally, it was for anchoring KTVI’s coverage of Ferguson, which won him his first Emmy award.
Rafer Weigel’s Bio (Age), Education
The 50-years-old veteran journalist stands at the height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 meters).
Rafer Weigel was born on 5th May 1969 in Evanston, Illinois, United States of America, as Rafer Brian Weigel. There, he completed his schooling from Evanston Township High School.
He later went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he completed his graduation in the year 1991.
His Family Details
Rafer Weigel is the son of great Chicago Sportscaster Tim Weigel and his mother, Vicki Truax-Weigel. Hence, there is no uncertainty in saying that he inherited journalism from his late father.
Moreover, the daughter of the Weigel family also has continued the journalism tradition, as Rager’s sister, Jenniffer Weigel, is an Emmy award-winning journalist too; she hosts The Jen Weigel Show (WLS-AM).
His Salary & Earnings
Rafer Weigel is one of the most recognized names in the media fraternity of Chicago, which comforts him with love and fame from the people living there.
With fame, his career possibly has also made sure he earns a decent salary so that he can manage a luxurious lifestyle.
But, sadly, he has not disclosed the figures for his salary, which hinders people from knowing his earnings.
Note: The average salary of a Journalist in the United States is $40.7K, according to payscale.com.
His Personal Life: Engaged, Girlfriend
Rafer Weigel is into a big mess currently due to his personal life matter, which includes him getting seperated with his wife, getting engaged with a new girlfriend as well as allegations of harassment that resulted in him getting suspended from his job.
Chronologically, speaking about his personal life events, Rafer married his ex-wife Tiffany in July 2002, and the two even gave birth to a son named Heathcliff. However, their seperation detail was not revealed in public.
Rafer Weigel poses with his son Heathcliff at LA on January 4, 2019 (Photo: Rafer Weigel's Facebook)
Then all of a sudden, in August 2018, Rafer got engaged to his girlfriend, Kathy Browne, who is an international flight attendant, actress, and author.
Allegations of Harassment
While the news of Rafer Weigel getting engaged to Kathy Brown was making some noise, Rafer faced allegations of harassment by a Valparaiso woman in November 2019.
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According to the Chicago Tribune’s news, Rafer was in a relationship with the Valparaiso woman since March this year, and they often used to send explicit photos as well.
Also, the two used to meet up for sexual relationships at a Chesterton hotel as well as at Rafer’s Chicago apartment.
Now, the Valparaiso woman is claiming that Rafer is harassing her by threatening to public her pictures after she stopped sending him the pictures.
However, Rafer said in his defense that she was the one to harass him as he stopped to contact him because she was not divorced with her husband; earlier, the women had said that she was already separated and has four children.
As of now, the case is in the court, and Rafer has not been charged with any case, as there is no evidence to prove him guilty.