I have a friend who for the better part of a decade would always rant and rave about the Queen City, and now I know why!
Before I even landed the job at WLWT, Cincinnati was already in my
blood. My last job had me posted just up the road in Dayton but with
being so close I’d often head down to check out the Museums, the
Aquarium or hit up a game (What a GREAT sports town!!) Other times it
was just to catch a concert and a cheese
coney while hanging out with some friends. Either way I always had a
blast and was welcomed with open arms.
Originally I’m from
Morristown, NJ (that’s right… the home of big hair and gold chains… only
one of which I have!) where my love for weather was born. My parents
had a small plane (Cessna 180) and during our trips I remember being
fascinated by he clouds, I even remember asking my dad at about the age
of five, “what job can I have were this is what I do?” He said,
Meteorologist and it has been a passion of mine ever since.
first stop toward my goal was with the right education, earning my B.S.
degree in Meteorology from Valparaiso University and later my M.B.A.
from Fairleigh Dickinson University. While studying for my M.B.A. I
also worked part-time, weather producing for WNBC in New York City. The
meteorologists there taught me so much and even helped me get a resume
tape together. After sending out 100+ tapes/resumes I finally got a
bite and landed my first full time Meteorology job at KDLT in Sioux Falls
South Dakota. Between the late night severe thunderstorms, crazy
tornado outbreaks, and bitter cold blizzards I was in weather heaven!
Those experiences taught me so much and paved the way for my moves to
WDTN in Dayton and now WLWT.
During the past seven years I have
earned my CBM seal of approval from the American Meteorological
Society, been an active member of Generation Dayton, The Sons of Norway,
as well as a certified Sky Warn Storm Spotter/ Instructor and still
looking to get more involved!
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