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
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    REDMOND, Wash.–  The commute for hundreds of people in Eastside communities like Redmond and Bellevue are about to change Monday as the first of two park-and-ride lots are closing for six years. Sound Transit is making room for constructing the East Side Link Light Rail that will stretch from Seattle’s International District to Redmond scheduled for opening in 2023. Grace Yuan sits at the Overlake Transit Center. Her car sits in one of 222 parking spots that will disappear next […]

  • Record rainy season soaks Northwest grocery bills and gardens alike

    SEATTLE — It’s rained more almost four feet at Sea-Tac International Airport since our rainy season officially began October 1. Officials with the National Weather Service Office in Seattle say that’s the wettest October-to-April stretch since they’ve been keeping records for more than a century. This record wet weather is causing problems for gardeners and local farms, too. “Too much of a good thing,” nods Maren Neldam. The Bellevue native and garden educator is with Tilth Alliance, a new Washington […]

  • Port of Seattle, citizens criticize FAA at Sea-Tac meeting

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  • Another homeless camp cleanup likely after RV fire under West Seattle Bridge

    SEATTLE– Amateur video captures giant flames lapping  against the underside of the West Seattle Bridge  on Thursday morning. It’s a crucial artery for thousands of commuters and the Port of Seattle. “The fire burned pretty much uncontrolled for about 15 minutes before first responders showed up,” says Rob Maples who lives in the camp.  Witnesses say the fire started in one RV and spread quickly to a second. The Seattle Fire Department says it was an accidental engine fire started when […]

  • Forecast for US weather prediction: brighter days ahead

    SEATTLE– There’s an old saying that people often talk about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it. Well, that’s about to change with a bill in Congress that’s expected to be signed into law this week. The hope is improving the forecast modeling abilities of government agencies and universities will lead to more lives saved and give people more warning before severe weather strikes. The bill is called the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 […]

  • Could man’s best friend rescue humanity from old age? Doggone it, UW researchers think they might!

    SEATTLE– With one blue eye, Mouse is a dog you certainly notice. But, there’s more to this active 8-year-old dog than meets the eye. Mouse just finished with a University of Washington study on dog longevity. It’s the first study of its kind where researchers gave dogs in the study medicine to see if would help them live longer. “A dog companion is very much a significant relationship,” says Mouse’s owner, John Benavente, while playing with this Husky mix in […]

  • A bit of a soggy start to the weekend

    SEATTLE — The light rain early Saturday morning tapers off into a mix of isolated showers and sun by mid-morning for the Central Sound, a tad later for points farther south. Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Tim Joyce says a convergence zone looks possible between Seattle and Everett on Saturday evening for an extra dose of possible rain. Highs will be near the normal of 56. Sunday: Looks a tad on the chilly side with highly like only in the low 50s. […]

  • NW environmental groups pledge to fight Trump changes to clean energy policy

    SEATTLE — The Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era policies on clean energy requirements and some environmental policies isn’t sitting well with many Northwest environmental groups. Many say they’ve never seen a bigger difference between the mindset of the two Washingtons — Washington state and Washington D.C. “I think this is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” says Becky Kelley, who has been with the Washington Environmental Council for more than two decades. Kelley is  president of the umbrella organization that […]

  • Some restaurants rate new King County food safety rankings as ‘needs to improve’

    SEATTLE — The kitchen at Toulouse Petit is a busy place. It was not a happy place when King County’s new food rating system rolled out for restaurants earlier this year. Their kitchen on Lower Queen Anne in Seattle got the lowest mark of ‘Needs Improvement’. “Heartsick, absolutely heartsick,” says Chef Robin Posey when she found out. “I put my head in my hands and I had a really hard time focusing on the rest of the day.” Posey says […]

  • Dining out? Find out how safe is your favorite restaurant is here.

    King County is about to begin phase two of it’s pioneering food safety restaurant ratings. Already in about 1,100 restaurants you’ll see the the smiling or not-so-happy emojis. Starting next month you’ll start seeing these signs all over South Seattle, South King County and Bellevue. But, all of King County’s restaurant safety inspection reports are available online. The rankings go from excellent, good, okay, to needs to improve. The ratings are based on a rolling average of four random food […]