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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 am

Matt Brode is back at KVOA 4, this time as interim chief meteorologist. The University of Arizona graduate previously did KVOA’s morning weather forecasts from 2006 through February 2010. At the time Brode looked to have the inside track to become the station’s chief meteorologist whenever Jimmy Stewart retired.

Stewart, who was 68 then, hadn’t announced his retirement when Brode was offered a position at KOIN, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Ore. Left with the option of taking the offer versus the possibility of landing the KVOA job if and when Stewart retired, Brode opted to leave but said, “I love Tucson and always will.”

As it turned out Stewart, who had been at KVOA since 1990, retired the following year. KVOA wound up hiring Rob Guarino as chief meteorologist, a relationship that suddenly came to an end earlier this month over reasons that haven’t been made public, though Guarino says he is returning to the East to be closer to his children.

Meanwhile, Brode left KOIN in February this year and set out to do some traveling. By public accounts his departure was amicable and had to do with new ownership and management looking to make changes. Despite the CBS network’s national ratings popularity, affiliate KOIN has struggled in the Portland Nielsen TV ratings.

Brode never made it a secret that he liked Tucson so when KVOA found itself without a chief meteorologist, he and station officials agreed to a deal for him to take the job on an interim basis.

Although Brode is back on the air at KVOA, station officials say they are going through with their already-started search for a permanent chief meteorologist and that he is a candidate.

Brode has two degrees from the UA, one in meteorology and the other in communications. After graduation he went to work at TV stations in Duluth, Minn., and West Palm Beach, Fla., before going to work at KVOA the first time.

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