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KTLA weather forecaster Mark Kriski recovering after stroke

The medical episode occurred two weeks after veteran entertainment correspondent Sam Rubin died.

The medical episode occurred two weeks after veteran entertainment correspondent Sam Rubin died.

KTLA weather forecaster Mark Kriski.
Mark Kriski. (Courtesy photo)

Long-time weather forecaster Mark Kriski is recovering following a medical episode earlier this week, his employer said on Wednesday.

Kriski suffered from a mild stroke while at his Los Angeles-area home on Monday, KTLA (Channel 5, CW) reported.

“Mark checked in with us earlier on Wednesday, and we’re happy to report that he’s in good spirits,” a KTLA spokesperson said on Wednesday. “He also wanted to thank everyone who has reached out.”

Kriski joined KTLA in 1991, serving as the news outlet’s morning weather forecaster. That same year, entertainment correspondent Sam Rubin was hired to work alongside Kriski. Rubin died from a heart attack earlier this month.

Kriski remains hospitalized, but is recovering from his stroke, according to TMZ. Kriski’s spouse, KTLA reporter Jennifer Gould, said he was “communicative, joking around and, generally, in good spirits,” TMZ reported.

It was not clear when or if Kriski would return to the KTLA Morning News. He is one of two remaining on-air hosts from the original crew that started the show in the 1990s. The other is Eric Spillman, who works as a general assignment reporter for the show.

KTLA is owned by Nexstar Media Group, and is the broadcaster’s largest TV outlet by market size. Nexstar also operates WPIX (Channel 11) in New York, which is owned by Mission Broadcasting and was a sister-station to KTLA until December 2018.

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