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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner 2020
ABC 17 News
Jessica Hafner, 2020

Jessica Hafner is the Chief Meteorologist for ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather. You can see her forecasts at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30, and 10:00 on KMIZ and at 9:00 PM on KQFX.

Jessica returned to ABC 17 News after three years at KSDK-TV in St. Louis, where she was a meteorologist and fill-in traffic anchor. During her time at KSDK, she visited more than 75 schools in Missouri and Illinois to speak to students about weather safety and broadcast meteorology.

Before making the move east, Jessica worked under former ABC 17 Stormtrack Chief Meteorologist Sharon Ray as the midday meteorologist and Digital Content Director from 2014 to 2016. She started her career in Mid-Missouri at KRCG in 2012 as the weekend meteorologist and general assignment reporter. Prior to graduating with a meteorology degree from Northern Illinois University, she was an intern at the National Weather Service in Lincoln, Illinois, and was part of a storm chasing course at the College of Dupage in 2011.

Jessica earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society in 2015, and has covered numerous severe weather events and winter storms, along with devastating flooding in her time as a Missourian. She has been nominated twice for a Mid-America Regional Emmy Award for her work on the anniversary of the Great Flood of 1993 and severe weather in St. Louis.

Jessica is happy to be back in Mid-Missouri with her husband and two dogs, who love exploring the trails and state parks around the area.

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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.



  1. A suggested weather improvement – I seem to recall that the “old” website displayed the “feels like” temperature – heat index or wind chill, as appropriate. I notice that info is not there now.

    Keep up the good work – the weather team is doing a fine job. [Likewise the news team!]

  2. Jessica, Do realize how many times you use the pretty during your forecast?
    It seems like every other word at times. You need to find some other phrase to use, after a while
    it starts to sound childish. Your forecasts, otherwise are very good.

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