Mark Prater Arrested: Former Meteorologist Charged with Domestic Violence

About Mark Prater
SpouseCarol Willis
ChildrenMadison, Cole, Trinity, Fowler Prater
AddressBirmingham, Alabama
JobFormer TV Meteorologist
AlumniTroy State University, Auburn University, Mississippi State University
AwardsAlabama’s Best Weather Caster by the Associated Press in 1999, Edward R. Murrow in 2000
Birth PlacePrattville, Alabama
Charged WithDomestic Violence

Viewers in Birmingham, Alabama were shocked to find out that their favorite weatherman, former meteorologist Mark Prater, was arrested and charged with domestic violence on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in Jefferson County, Alabama. Prior to his departure from CBS 42, Prater was a very successful professional who had worked his way up at news stations all across Alabama over the years. He had received several awards for his stellar work, including the much-coveted “ABBY.” Prater is a father to four children whom he shares with wife, Carol Willis.

Former TV meteorologist Mark Prater finds himself facing stormy weather these days as he was arrested on December 5, 2018, on charges of committing a felony crime. Prater, who in April of this year quit his job as chief meteorologist at the news station CBS 42, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail in Jefferson County, at around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to jail records, Prater has been charged with second-degree domestic violence, and his bond has been set at $100,000. While there is a lot of curiosity regarding Prater’s arrest, details of the allegations against him are not available as of now. The only thing known is that the alleged offense was supposedly committed on November 29, 2018.


Under Alabama criminal law, a second-degree domestic violence charge can result from committing the crime of stalking; burglary; second-degree assault; intimidating a witness; or criminal mischief involving a current or former spouse, child, parent, present or former household member, person with whom the defendant has a child in common, or person with whom the defendant has had a dating or engagement relationship.

People have been taken by surprise as Mark Prater was a well-known individual in the region who appeared regularly on TV in his position as chief meteorologist.

Mark Prater Domestic Violence

Mark Prater Charged With Domestic Violence (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

Prater Had Degrees in Broadcasting & Meteorology

Prater was born and raised in Prattville, Alabama, and studied at several universities such as Troy State University, Auburn University, and Mississippi State University. He earned degrees in broadcasting and meteorology before getting his break in broadcasting at Troy’s TSU-TV in 1989.

He Handled Several Sensitive Assignments

He then worked as a TV reporter at WTVY in Dothan, Alabama, and at WSFA-TV in Montgomery, Alabama, before he took up a job at WBRC-TV in Birmingham in 1994. His most strenuous assignment there was reporting on United Nations food aid in war-weary Sarajevo and Croatia.

Then he joined WBMA-TV to became a part of the original news staff at its launch on September 1, 1996. He did the weather segments on Good Morning Alabama and the News at Noon, respectively. Prater worked hard and the industry soon took notice of his passion and enthusiasm for his work.

Prater Won Prestigious Awards for His Work

In 1999, Prater was named Alabama’s Best Weather Caster by the Associated Press, and his coverage of a tornado in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2000 brought him a regional Emmy Award and a national Edward R. Murrow award. He left WBMA in 2004.

Meanwhile, Prater’s visibility continued to grow, and he appeared several times on the Rick & Bubba Show. He even made it to the big screen by appearing in the indie film Rustin as a radio announcer.

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He Was Diagnosed with Hepatitis

The year 2002 came as a shock for Prater as he was diagnosed with type II hepatitis C, news which he shared with the public. He began his chemotherapy in the fall of 2003, and later in 2005, he co-authored a book titled Silent Storm. This book chronicled his victorious battle against hepatitis on both a physical and spiritual level.

Prater later worked for news stations like WNCF-TV in Montgomery and WPGA-TV in Macon, Georgia, before becoming the chief and managing meteorologist at KLJB-TV. He was also the chief meteorologist for the Independent News Network in Davenport, Iowa, until 2008.

He Returned to Birmingham

He then returned to Birmingham to take up the position of chief meteorologist at WIAT (CBS 42). Accolades followed quickly, as he was named “Weather Anchor of the Year” by the Alabama Broadcasters Association in 2010 and given the prestigious ABBY award. Then, in April 2013, Prater moved to the morning newscast and continued with the station until he left in April 2018.

Prater Did Not Disclose His Future Plans

At the time of his exit, Prater said that he did not have any immediate plans. When asked what he intended to do, he said, “I’m just going to keep moving forward.”

Prater’s Family Attended Church Regularly

Prater is married to Carol Willis, also from Prattville, and the couple has four children of their own. The children’s names are Madison, Cole, Trinity, and Fowler Prater. The entire family belongs to The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Prater Is in the Eye of a Storm

Prater is currently facing troubling charges of domestic violence. His life seems to have unraveled following his departure from his high-profile job at CBS 42 earlier this year. The man who always knew which way the wind blew finds himself in a storm today. His well-wishers are hoping that Mark Prater comes out of this ordeal a wiser man.