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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
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    I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass opens in both directions; US 2 reopens after brief closure

    LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — After being closed for more than 36 hours, Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass opened to eastbound traffic around 4 p.m. Thursday and to westbound traffic at 6 p.m. Traction tires are required over the pass. Eastbound lanes of Snoqualmie Pass were reopened after dozens of downed trees and other debris were cleared from the roadway. “Conditions on I-90 have improved enough to allow our maintenance crews to start clean-up efforts,” WSDOT officials said earlier in the day. “This includes […]

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    NOAA Fisheries wants to hear from you about protecting endangered killer whales

    SEATTLE — The Fisheries Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants input from citizens about a proposed ‘whale protection zone’ along the west side of San Juan Island. “Unfortunately, our conclusion is that they are still at risk of extinction,” said NOAA’s Lynne Barre, the specialist tasked with the difficult job of helping boost the population of our Southern Resident orca population. What numbered near 100 in the mid-1990s now has fallen 20 percent in 20 years. The […]

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    New faces for restaurant ratings, food safety in King County

    SEATTLE — Whether it’s a giant grin, or maybe a sort of smirk, the face of food safety is changing in King County this year. Your favorite restaurants around Seattle are now getting an emoji ranking based on their food safety performance. And while ranking restaurants based on safety protocols isn’t new, the way King County is undertaking this process could catch on across the nation. “If they had posted scores,” says Seattleite Sarah Schacht, “I wouldn’t have gotten sick.” […]

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    Where’s MY snow!? An easy guide to NW winter weather patterns

    SEATTLE — Nearly a foot of fresh powder in places blankets Portland, Oregon. And with winter wonderland pictures on social media of sledding kids and adults trekking to work on cross-country skis — many people around Puget Sound are wondering “What gives!?” Accumulating snow down to sea level is a rare occurrence, happening only every few winters for most of us in the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest. But some places just seem to be blessed/cursed with more snow than […]

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    Rain likely for Seahawks playoff game: ‘Looks soggy’

    SEATTLE — A winter storm is in effect for the western half of the Kitsap Peninsula and along the Hood Canal, where 1 to 6 inches of snow looks possible early Saturday, but only rain is likely for the Seahawks playoff game at CenturyLink Field at 5:15 p.m. “Just looks soggy, with perhaps some snowflakes mixed in,” Q13 Meteorologist Tim Joyce said. Toward the end of the game, there won’t be any snowflakes at all — just rain, he said. […]

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    Moving to Canada? Not so fast. Not so cheap, say experts

    BLAINE, Wash. — Reaction to Donald Trump’s election by people near the U.S. -Canadian border was typical of much of the rest of the country: A mix of joy and sadness. For a select few, they’re planning their exit strategy out of the United States. “Very sad,” says Cassie Danskin.  “I wasn’t expecting it at all.” Danskin is finishing school at Western Washington University. Her girlfriend, Midnightblue Auld, works for Whatcom County’s 911 service. While they’ve only been dating a […]

  • One of dozens of stumps left from this week's WSDOT tree removal project.

    60 trees get the axe to protect homes, drivers

    WOODINVILLE, Wash.–  Heavy lifting along a busy stretch of Highway 522 in Woodinville. It’s a steep slope above the busy interchange with State Route 202 and WSDOT contractors are cutting down and removing about 60 trees that are diseased and dying. If these dozens of trees fell, there’s condos on one side and the cars of highway 522 on the other. “Seemingly healthy trees don’t fall down for no reason,” says WSDOT spokesperson Marquise Allen. Allen says the disease is called […]

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    NOAA Fisheries wants to hear from you about protecting endangered whales

    SEATTLE —  The Fisheries Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants input from citizens about a proposed ‘whale protection zone’ along the west side of San Juan Island. “Unfortunately, our conclusion is that they are still at risk of extinction,” says Lynne Barre of NOAA. She’s the specialist tasked with the difficult job of helping boost the population of our resident southern orca population. What numbered near 100 in the mid 90s, now has fallen 20 percent in 20 […]

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    Is your home in danger? Check out the landslide risk map

    The threat of landslides is real and just because you have never seen a landslide in your area, doesn't mean you can't see problems if you live in a hilly neighborhood.

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    Hope you enjoyed Friday’s warmth; a few bands of rain to hit Saturday

    SEATTLE — A new record high temperature was set at Sea-Tac of 67 degrees Friday. The old record was 62 set back in 1962. Seattle is  just 0.02 of an inch of rain from the “wettest October ever”. That will likely happen Saturday. We’re mostly clear Friday evening and tonight the clouds will return overnight. There’s already rain off the Oregon coast heading our way. I think it will arrive around 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the South Sound, […]