Bill Steffen

Chief Meteorologist Emeritus Bill Steffen has been a familiar and friendly face in West Michigan since November of 1974.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the Chicago native joined WZZM as a meteorologist. He became chief meteorologist there in 1985 and then joined 24 Hour News 8 in 2001. In July 2021, he transitioned to chief meteorologist emeritus, taking a new role while remaining a key part of Storm Team 8.

Bill has been honored with numerous broadcast awards and he’s very active in the West Michigan community. He has worked with the regional Math Counts Competition and the Science Olympiad, and he’s an honorary chair of fundraising for the Grand Rapids Planetarium.

Bill has been the chairman of the Red Cross Heroes Campaign. He’s also on the marketing committee and board of directors for the Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Council and the advisory board for Youth for Christ.

Bill provides the weather weekends at 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. He also writes Bill’s Blog on

Bill and his wife live in the Grand Rapids area.

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