Kris SommersKris Sommers
Chief Meteorologist

Kris knew at an early age that he wanted to learn more about the weather. Kris was born and raised in Long Grove, Iowa. He spent a lot of his childhood on his grandparent’s farm, and they were always watching the weather. The way that the weather changed almost daily peaked his interest.

Kris graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology. During his junior year, he did an internship at a local TV station in Davenport, Iowa. After graduation, he was hired at that station to update the station website and also to do fill in work for the weather department. He was eventually promoted to Weekend Meteorologist, and spent 6 years doing that. He then changed career paths and worked for an insurance company for 7 years. He recently decided to get back into broadcasting the weather.

When Kris is not busy keeping up with the weather in Central Louisiana, he loves to spend his time working out, golfing and bowling. He has bowled several 300 games. Watch Kris weeknights at 6 and 10 during ABC 31 News on KLAX TV.Christopher Swaim REVChristopher Swaim


Christopher Swaim was born and raised in Central Indiana.  When he was younger his father would take him out on his boat where weather was always a major factor in open water.  Instead of being scared of thunderstorms, Christopher wanted to learn more about them and possibly chase them. This lead him to pursue his degree in meteorology at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Christopher was also a member of the Ball State Storm Chase Team where he chased storms throughout the country.

Christopher joined the KLAX team in 2014, and is very excited to be forecasting weather here in Central Louisiana! Watch Christopher weeknights at 6 and 10 on KLAX TV, ABC 31 News.

Sports Anchor/Producer

Mark Edwards grew up in Arkansas.  He joined the KLAX news team in October of 2014.  Mark grew up very active in all sports and chose to play basketball at Henderson State University.

After college Mark planned to go to medical school, but took a job as a radio DJ for a popular radio station.  It wasn’t long after, he was hooked on the entertainment industry.  He spent time acting in Los Angeles before moving back to the south to pursue radio in Memphis, TN.  He would eventually find his way back to Arkansas where he covered and ventured into the world of television.

During his career he’s covered the SEC for more than ten years and interviewed countless professional athletes.  He is a people person and says he has never met a stranger.  His hobbies include sports and reading!  Watch Mark weeknights at 6 and 10 on KLAX-TV, ABC 31 NEWS.

News Producer

Babs Zimmerman has been in news just about as long as she can remember–in newspapers, wire service and later television.

She is a graduate of LSU and completed graduate work there, too. Babs is a native of North Louisiana but has lived all over the state, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She is an avid reader on every subject, likes to cook for friends and family and spends time with her husband Jim and their dog plus two cats.