Griffin Communications announced today that David Payne has signed a long-term agreement with News 9 and will join the News 9 weather team in January of 2013.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have David Payne joining our weather team," said Gary England, News 9's Chief Meteorologist.
News 9 also announced that Payne will join News 9 at 4 and 5, Monday through Friday. England will continue to forecast during News 9 at 6 and 10, as well as lead the station's severe weather coverage while Payne storm chases.
"News 9 continues to lead in weather and today's announcement ensures we will continue to lead for years to come," said Griffin Communications Chairman and CEO David Griffin.
"We feel that the team of England and Payne is the best in Oklahoma City and will serve Oklahomans well and establishes a firm foundation for the future."
A fourth generation Oklahoman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Payne is a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award winning meteorologist with a total of six Emmy wins and twelve nominations. He also holds the seal of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.
"I am honored to be chosen," said Payne. "And I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn and work beside Gary England. I can't wait to get started in January."
Payne's Oklahoma roots run deep having been born in Guthrie and then growing up in Edmond. His family still owns land acquired during the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.