Popular Columbia TV meteorologist Ben Tanner is leaving WIS, the station announced Wednesday. His last day with the station is Thursday.
“He’s taking a leap of faith and embarking on a new adventure,” said WIS news director Mark Little in a statement.
Tanner has been with the station for nearly 20 years. His last day at the station will be Friday, the station reported.
Tanner said while he loves forecasting the weather, and always will, he is “ready for a different chapter.”
“I’m excited about the future,” he told The State while stressing that he leaves WIS-TV “on great terms.”
Tanner said he and his family have deep roots in the Midlands and won’t be leaving.
“I’m in talks with a bunch of different companies, considering a number of options,” he said.
Accolades for the award-winning broadcast meteorologist started coming in almost immediately on social media, like this one from former Columbia mayor Bob Coble and his family at WIS-TV.