Karlene Chavis: Mistress of Ceremonies

The NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Committee is pleased to announce that Ms Karlene Chavis will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for our Freedom Fund Dinner, in this our Centennial Year!

The Freedom Fund Dinner is an annual event that, in addition to celebrating our supporters, recognizes groups and individuals who have contributed to the cause of Civil Rights and racial justice throughout the City, County, State and Nation. This year will be an extraordinary celebration, as we look back on the 100 years since the founding of the San Diego Branch, and look forward to our bright future.

The evening is sure to be memorable and enjoyable for all.


Karlene Chavis shares her knowledge and passion for science and meteorology as Chief Meteorologist, delivering your weeknight forecasts on NEWS 8 on CBS 8 and the CW San Diego.

Karlene joined the NEWS 8 team from WSVN-TV, Miami, FL where she served as weekend morning meteorologist and was recognized as ‘Best Meteorologist’ by Miami New Times.  She previously worked at CBS Local 2 in Palm Springs, CA as the weekday morning weather anchor and fill-in entertainment anchor/reporter for Eye on the Desert. Karlene’s skills were also utilized as the weekend evening weather anchor for the sister station, KESQ-TV. Additionally, Karlene worked as the evening weather anchor for KECY-TV in Yuma, AZ.

A native of Scottsdale, AZ, Karlene received a bachelor’s degree from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University and earned a master’s degree in Geological Sciences from Mississippi State University.  Karlene also completed a fellowship in broadcast journalism training through the Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship Program at KPHO TV in Phoenix, AZ.

She interned at KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ and worked as a published photojournalist and newspaper reporter for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com and web entertainment reporter for Gannett Company, Inc.

When Karlene is not on-air, she enjoyed hiking, visiting art galleries and museums, baking, traveling and spending time with her friends, family and fur babies Brody and Stevie.