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Chuck Leonard

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Chuck is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, where he began his broadcasting career in 1974. After several years in radio, Chuck joined WTVM in 1981 as co-host of the talk show, "Good Day."

In 1989, he was named weather anchor for the 6pm and 11pm broadcasts of Action 9 News. He later switched to early morning news, and in 1994 was named co-anchor of News Leader Nine Morning.

Chuck can be seen weekday mornings at 5:00 on WTVM, along with Chandi Lowry and Kelly Bryant.

Chuck is involved with a number of community organizations. He serves on the board of the Sexual Assault Support Center and is actively involved with fundraising for the Children's Miracle Network.

Chuck was named "National Air Personality of the Year" by the Poe Music Survey in 1979, and was honored by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters as "Best On-Air Television Personality" in 1995.

He and his wife Carole have two children.

Chuck's interests include baseball, trivia and soul music of the 70s.

Q&A

What was your very first job?

That depends. I got paid by a neighbor for hauling hay when I was a teenager. The pay wasn't great, but as my father told me, I was getting much-needed work experience. My first steady job was as a grocery store cashier. I learned a tough lesson in that position. A quick-change artist took me for $50, which I had to pay back to the store.

What is your favorite movie and why?

It used to be "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" because it's such a zany film and it always makes me laugh out loud. As I've gotten older, the emotional aspect of movies has become more important. For that reason, "Field of Dreams" is my favorite. Name one guy who doesn't  tear up  when Kevin Costner's character asks, "Dad, you want to have a catch"? I can recite the lines from this movie because it touches me that much.

The thing about you that would surprise people the most is...

I watch waaay too much television. That's a little odd for some who's on t-v, but I've always been entertained by it. Like most men, I am amazed at the invention of the remote control, and can watch 20 different shows at one time.    

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