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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner 2020
ABC 17 News
Jessica Hafner, 2020

Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News, this time as chief meteorologist, after working here from 2014 to 2016 under former chief Sharon Ray.

Hafner worked at KSDK-TV as an on-air meteorologist between her first stint at ABC 17 and rejoining the station in April 2019. 

Hafner is an Illinois native who graduated with a bachelor of science in meteorology from Northern Illinois University. She earned her American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in 2015. She appears on ABC 17's evening and nighttime newscasts and leads the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather Team's digital efforts. 

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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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