Jim Castillo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he maintained a position on the Dean’s list. He also supported his fellow athletes as a cheerleader for 3 years while he completed his studies.
Currently, Jim has the honor of being the first weekend Meteorologist that KTLA has ever hired in the television station’s long history. You can watch his forecast on Saturday at 6 & 10pm and Sunday at 6, 8, 9 & 10pm, also the 1pm show Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Additionally, you might catch him filling in during the weekday evenings and mornings.
Jim is grateful to have worked in the top markets of Television News with the most professional television news people all over the country.
He has a passion for translating weather statistics and related news information in an entertaining and understandable format.
Jim’s broadcasting career began while still attending the University of Missouri in Columbia. His internship at KOMU-TV quickly landed him a position as the weekend Meteorologist. Soon, he advanced to the weekday-evening position until he graduated a year later.
Next, Jim was offered an internship with well known WGN Meteorologist, Tom Skilling in Chicago, yet landed his first full-time position in South Texas where he would learn to report on tropical weather systems.
In 1997, Castillo was the Chief Meteorologist at Q-13 Fox in Seattle (also a Tribune-owned station) where he was part of the very successful inception of their news broadcasts. Jim won the Emmy for the Best Weather Anchor in 1998.
In 2001, Castillo was offered the Chief Meteorologist position in the #2 market at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. KCBS noted ratings gains and went on to win a Golden Mic and Emmy while Jim was on the evening news.
His next assignment landed him a job in the #1 television market at WNYW Fox 5 in New York City, doing weather for the 10PM newscast until 2005. The 10pm newscast won an Emmy for the first time in a decade while Jim was on their 10 O’clock News.
Jim is a hard working, motivated and dependable individual with leaderships skills and a great sense of humor. Always have fun while working & continue to grow in other areas.
You will often find Jim helping others and doing charity work for causes dear to his heart including MS, to which he lost his Mother. Also, he spends time at the gym, loves all kinds of music, acting workshops, skiing, roller blading, real estate, architecture, interior design, tubing adventures, camping, producing music and videos, writing songs, genealogy, history, film, movies, photography and he has is scuba diving card from PADI.
Jim Castillo was invited to participate in the 2012 Climate Reality Project. Millions joined us on November 14-15 for 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report. Broadcast live on the Internet with more than 16 million views from around the world, we brought the world together to spread the truth about climate change and voice an urgent call for solutions.
Taking place over 24 hours, this event put a spotlight on every region of the globe - featuring news, voices, and multimedia content across all 24 time zones. We heard from experts, musicians, comedians, advocates, and everyday people about the impact of climate change on their lives and homes.
Leading the event was our Founder and Chairman, former Vice President Al Gore, who concluded with a special presentation about the impacts of Dirty Energy and Dirty Weather.
The following is a thank you letter Jim received for the project:
I wanted to personally thank you on behalf of The Climate Reality Project and our Chairman Al Gore for your hard work, dedication, and long hours that made the second annual 24 Hours of Reality a huge success. There are simply not words to describe what your many contributions meant to producing a record breaking “Dirty Weather Report.”
Over 24 hours, and in every region of the globe, together, we focused the spotlight on the impacts of Dirty Weather. Reaching over 16 million people as “live views” and millions more in syndication, we showed how extreme weather is connected to changes in our climate caused by dirty fossil fuels. We also brought to the broadcast insights of people affected by extreme weather around the world and shared the good news that communities and governments around the globe are taking meaningful action to move toward a clean every future. We designed a bold, innovative and powerful event and you made it happen.
Thank you again for all you did to tell this critical story, and for making 24 Hours an important contribution to the change we need.
Together we done good!
Maggie Fox | President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project
Jim is a AFTRA Member & a SAG Eligible American Meteorological Society AMS Seal of Approval.