WOOD-TV’s Terri DeBoer Announces Retirement
September 29, 2023
Nexstar's WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that longtime station meteorologist Terri DeBoer has retired. DeBoer delivered her last weather forecast last night (9/28). She has been with the station after nearly 30 years and has worked in local news more than 35 years.
The station writes on its website that DeBoer will be turning her attention toward launching her own publishing company, professional coaching and spending more time with her expanding family — one of her daughters recently married and the other had Terri’s second grandson this summer.
“My retirement from broadcasting will allow me to spend more time with my family; especially my aging parents and my sweet grandsons,” she said. “Time goes by so fast!”
DeBoer's career began in the mid-1980s as a news reporter and anchor at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She said her “natural curiosity and love of storytelling drew her into a career in television news as a college student in 1985.”
After moving to West Michigan in 1990, DeBoer began working toward an additional degree in meteorology and she began forecasting West Michigan’s weather in 1992 and was the first female in the state of Michigan to earn the prestigious Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.
In 2009, DeBoer joined Rachael Ruiz to launch West Michigan’s daily lifestyle show eightWest, which was one the first lifestyle programs in the country, allowing companies and organizations to connect their messaging to viewers through expanded and in-depth segments.
In 2021, she released her first book, “Brighter Skies Ahead: Forecasting a Full Life When You Empty the Nest.” She followed up the release of the book and companion journal by partnering with Faith Hospice to serve as the primary author of “Grieving Well: A Healing Journey Through the Season of Grief,” published in February 2023.