Central Ohio rallied behind the popular meteorologist as he fought leukemia and shared his struggles.
Longtime Columbus TV personality Chris Bradley has died after a 20-month battle with cancer, but he won’t be forgotten by scores of loyal viewers who closely watched his weather forecasts and followed him on social media.
Bradley, 53, who has been chief meteorologist at WBNS-10TV since July 2006, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in March 2017. He shared his fight against the disease with his more than 300,000 Facebook and Twitter followers, 10TV viewers and with The Columbus Dispatch. He announced Nov. 18 on his Facebook page that he was transitioning to hospice care. Bradley died Dec. 5 at his Worthington home.
Bradley and his family were featured in an October 2011 Columbus Parent profile, in which he and husband Jason Bradley-Krauss talked about parenting, their favorite entertainment picks and their children, Spencer and Maria. Bradley said his life motto was, “Don’t worry, be happy!” In an October 2016 Facebook post, in honor of their 21st anniversary, Bradley shared an image from the photo shoot, calling it “one of my favorite family pictures.” Read the complete story at columbusparent.com/content/stories/2011/10/otg-parent-profile.html.
Beyond his work at 10TV, Bradley was well-known to Central Ohioans through his Dispatch weather forecasts and weekly “Weather where you live” column in ThisWeek Community News. The Indiana native came to Columbus in 1998 when he signed on as chief meteorologist at WSYX/ABC6, where he promised a “3 Degree Guarantee” and featured Boswell the Weather Hound on his forecasts. He was active with community causes, including Pelotonia, LGBTQ issues and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Bradley, the recipient of many Central Ohio “best of” poll awards, received another of those honors the evening he died. He was named Best Television Weather Person in The Dispatch CBUS Top Picks 2018 awards. Colleagues Mike Davis, Yolanda Harris, Jerry Revish and Dom Tiberi attended, and Bradley’s win received a standing ovation from the crowd. Bradley has swept the category since the contest began in 2016.
In Bradley’s honor, 10TV, ABC6 and NBC4 are joining forces with Be the Match to raise awareness of bone marrow donation. Each station will air special programming Dec. 10. Learn more and see the schedule at abc6onyourside.com/news/local/10tv-nbc4-abc6-come-together-in-honor-of-chris-bradley.
Read more about Bradley in today’s Dispatch story. To learn about Bradley’s work at 10TV and in the community, check out the station's collection of stories.