Chuck George

Photo courtesy of KOLD

Chuck George, chief meteorologist for Tucson’s KOLD Channel 13, has taken a sudden leave of absence from the station — his third since 2010.

KOLD made no public announcement about George’s leave, but confirmed his absence Thursday. George has not posted on his Twitter or public Facebook page since April 5.

“Chuck is taking a leave of absence,” said KOLD Vice President and General Manager Debbie Bush, via email. “Unfortunately, we cannot comment further on employee matters.”

George took a leave of absence from Sept. 9, 2011 to Oct. 24 of that year. His leave began after he failed to finish a broadcast in which he slurred his words. He missed six full weeks of broadcasts.

George also took a five-week hiatus in March and April 2010.

George holds a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Engineering in Water Resources degree from the University of Arizona. He has worked at KOLD since 2003 and appeared on the 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on weekdays.

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Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.