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After two decades in the Pacific Northwest, I really consider this region my adopted home. I’ve been working in news in Washington and Oregon since 1994 and every day I feel like I see some scenery that’s just too pretty to be real for my Midwestern eyes. I studied journalism at the University of Kansas and meteorology at Mississippi State University. I also took the Master Gardener classes through Oregon State University’s Portland Metro Extension office.

Believe it or not, I love the weather here in the Northwest. I like Seattle because of the rain, not in spite of it. My favorite season is fall and the days with morning clouds and afternoon sunshine are among my most favorite — luckily, we have a lot of those here. My partner Ryan and I live on Capitol Hill and have two dogs — Hugo and Gladys.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
My sense of humor and sarcasm, but people are also discovering how handy the random fact database in my head can be. People also have started coming to me with a lot of gardening questions.

What keeps me going…
Lots and lots of coffee. I also have a really good alarm clock to make sure that I can get going on time.

I give back to my community by…
Helping teach low-income Northwest families how to grow a portion of their own food. I’m on the Board of Directors for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit that inspires and educates on our local food system.

My greatest TV moment…
Any time that I can nail correctly the snowfall several days out – it is the trickiest weather to predict here due to our proximity to the mild Pacific Ocean. In reporting, my greatest moment would be when I covered the story of a little autistic boy who was lost in the woods near his Oregon home. The six-year-old didn’t have the ability to yell for Search & Rescue teams looking for him that cold winter night. The family’s dogs stuck with the boy and kept him warm overnight and then barked to alert the searchers when they resumed their search in the morning.

TV moments I’d like to forget…
Stories about human tragedy. I covered the high school shootings at Thurston High School outside of Eugene, Ore., where four people died and 26 were injured. Being a meteorologist and reporter, I’m often sent to places where Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on people’s lives – from wildfires to mudslides, I’ve seen all sorts of wild weather. I’ll never forget the terrible 1997 Willamette River floods nor the devastating wind storms of 2007 when there were wind gusts of 125 mph on the Oregon Coast or being on-air for the 2008 Vancouver, Wash., tornado.

If I had free time, I would…
Travel more, I love to travel and see the world. Every year I try to visit one place on the planet I’ve never been to, and one place in the Northwest I have not visited. Last year included: Italy and Iceland; locally Enumclaw, Lake Tapps and the whole South Washington Coast. Out of 50 states, I’ve visited 34. I’ve been as far east as Berlin, as far south as Hawai’i, as far north as Reykjavik and as far west as Nagasaki.

Recent Articles
  • New storm: It’s going to be a soaker for most from Saturday to midday Sunday

    SEATTLE — We’re getting one more big storm Saturday before we finally see some relief around the Pacific Northwest. “Hazards on Saturday will include wind, heavy rain, standing water on roadways, gusty winds, localized flooding, spotty power outages and the risk of mudslides,” Q13 News Meteorologist Time Joyce said Friday night. The rain is expected to be especially heavy for the South Sound on Saturday afternoon. Tacoma and points south could get nearly 2 inches of rain from this storm. […]

  • Even in soggy Seattle, fall storms slow down our commutes

    KIRKLAND, Wash.– We all know that bad weather has an impact on our already congested roads — but do you know how much? It’s something that traffic data company INRIX has been looking into. They say traffic and weather are intimately intertwined around Puget Sound, mostly because we’ve got so many cars on a limited amount of roadway. It’s been 13 weeks since we’ve seen a really rainy day around Seattle with more than an inch in the rain gauge. […]

  • Chehalis 16-year-old accused of extorting classmates with their nude photos

    CHEHALIS, Wash. — A 16-year-old Chehalis boy is at the center of an FBI investigation involving dozens of victims and around 900 nude and explicit photos. Authorities say the teen faces extortion as well as a number of other charges. The teen goes to W.F. West High School in Chehalis, where some of his victims were also his classmates. It’s the talk of the small town, where it’s also leaving parents wondering how to deal with kids and the internet […]

  • Learning from California wildfires: The time to prepare for disaster here is now

    SEATTLE — “Think of being stuck on the side of the road on the mountain pass in the dark,” says Seattle mom Karen Rich. “So what will you need?” Karen is already ready for anything Mother Nature can throw at us. And here in the Northwest we have a lot of possibilities: forest fires, landslides, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, winter storms, wind storms and even volcanoes that can pop their top every few centuries. “We are in the bulls-eye of many […]

  • Seattle Police reportedly open criminal probe after officers fired on fleeing car (VIDEO)

    SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department has opened a criminal investigation into two officers who fired on a fleeing car in the Eastlake neighborhood Sunday night, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday. The news came as the SPD released dashcam and bodycam video Tuesday of the two officers firing a ferocious volley of shots at a car after the driver allegedly tried to run over one of the cops. The Seattle Times, citing law enforcement sources, said the investigation by homicide […]

  • Time to vaccinate! CDC predicts worse than usual flu season ahead

    SEATTLE– Jamie Garl rolls up her right sleeve on her Virginia Mason scrubs, she explains that she uses her left one to use the ultrasound machine to scan patients’ hearts. “Do you have any allergies, Jamie?” asks the worker in the large auditorium hosting the hospital’s flu clinic. “Not that I’m aware of,” she replies. Garl works in Virginia Mason’s cardiac unit where lots of her patients have immune deficiencies and getting the flu virus could be fatal. “I see […]

  • Brush fire near Vantage burns nearly 200 acres, impacts traffic on Interstate 90

    SEATTLE–  A vehicle fire sparked a brush fire, shutting down the westbound lanes of the state’s major east/west artery on the busy 4th of July holiday weekend. WSDOT issued a travel alert Saturday afternoon. The fire is at milepost 126 near the Ryegrass rest area. Due to the fire fighting operations and smoke over the roadway, westbound I-90 was closed at milepost 136. The Washington Department of Natural Resources rates that part of Kittitas County currently as moderate. Temperatures were […]

  • Cops arrest 13-year-old boy in shooting death of Everett teen

    EVERETT, Wash. — Police arrested a 13-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing another teenager Wednesday afternoon in Everett. He’s charged with second-degree murder. Because the suspect is a minor, Q13 News is not naming him at this time. Everett Police say he’s among their youngest murder suspects ever. Police say the gun used in the crime is believed to have come from a kid that’s even younger. “It’s believed the gun was borrowed or taken from a 12-year-old,” said […]

  • Tacoma ‘homeless emergency’ extended, biggest hurdles yet to come

    TACOMA, Wash. — How long is an emergency? The city of Tacoma is grappling with that question around the issue of homelessness. City leaders thought the crisis would be over this month. The mayor says more time and more money is needed to get a handle on the complex and complicated issue that many cities are dealing with. It’s been quite a journey already since June when the city moved people from homeless camps where they were living in filth […]

  • Federal Way High School student stabbed during fight on campus

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Anne Perkins was delivering an order for Uber Eats to Federal Way High School on Tuesday just after 11 a.m. when she walked into a horrific scene unfolding right in front of her. “They were coming out of the cafeteria,” says Perkins who is a mother of two. “The other kid had blood on his face, like he just got beat up.” Police say a fight between two students at Federal Way High School escalated until […]