Nearly three months after the mysterious firing of morning weather forecaster Stephanie Roberts, Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28 has named her replacement: Sunshine State-raised University of Florida graduate Shay Ryan.
According to press materials from WFTS, Ryan was raised in Fort Lauderdale and earned a degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida. Most recently, she worked as a weekend meteorologist for WNYW-TV, the Fox affiliate in New York, also appearing on the Fox News Channel. Before that, she worked in Detroit, Savannah, Ga., and Greenville, Miss.
She replaces Roberts, who was fired with little explanation in early May. Neither Roberts nor the station would say whether her departure was connected to an unpublicized arrest for driving under the influence in October or whether she informed the station when the arrest occurred.
Ryan starts work Aug. 13, according to WFTS.