Tucson's Chuck George goes off KOLD again

2013-06-20T21:45:00Z 2013-06-20T21:59:51Z Tucson's Chuck George goes off KOLD againPhil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

KOLD Channel 13 chief meteorologist Chuck George is off the air in the latest in a series of sudden absences that have dogged the popular weatherman in the past several years.

KOLD Vice President and General Manager Debbie Bush did not immediately return email or phone messages asking about George’s whereabouts or how long he’s been gone. George has not posted to his Twitter account since June 6.

George’s last leave was four weeks, ending May 2, when he revealed in an interview on air that he suffers from depression.

Reached by phone today, George said he is not ready to talk about his absence.

That was not the case in early May when he disclosed struggles with depression.

“I want to share the story for two reasons,” he said on the May 2 broadcast.

“One is because I really need to heal myself. It's kind of a final process in what I'm going through. And the other is because I want people to know that they're not alone. I thought I was alone for a long time. And I know I'm not now.”

The current absence is George's fourth since 2010. He took unexplained leaves from Sept. 9, 2011, to Oct. 24 of that year, as well as a five-week break in March and April 2010.

George, who earned a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s of engineering in water resources from the University of Arizona, has worked at KOLD since 2003.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at 573-4130 or pvillarreal@azstarnet.com

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