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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    PORT LUDLOW, Wash. — The tourist slogan for the Olympic Peninsula is “the Wild Side of Washington.” But one of the main transportation thoroughfares connecting travelers in Seattle to the famous towns and sites of the Olympic Peninsula may be hurting one of the Northwest’s most famous residents: Salmon. A bridge too deep? Vital elements of the Hood Canal’s natural ecosystem are at risk. Mainly, Chinook, chum salmon and steelhead trout are all listed under the Endangered Species Act. One […]

  • Tacoma Girl Scout refuses to let attempted robbery stop cookie sales; help ID suspects

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  • ‘This is a wake-up call’: New Washington State directive aims to help endangered orcas

    SEATTLE — With the number of endangered Puget Sound orcas at a 30-year low, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed an executive order directing state agencies to take immediate and longer-term steps to protect the struggling whales. “Whatever we’ve done in the past simply is not enough,” said Inslee at the signing in Seattle. “We have to step up our game.” The fish-eating mammals, also known as killer whales, that spend time in Puget Sound have struggled for years […]

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  • Anatomy of an avalanche

    SEATTLE — With several deaths recently due to sliding snow—it’s time to talk safety in the mountains. The peak time for avalanches is from December to April, but they can happen any time when the conditions are right for a ton of snow to move without hardly any warning. When people think avalanches here in the Northwest, we often think of backcountry skiing. But all sorts of winter recreational activities can put you or your loved ones in harm’s way. […]

  • Snow falling across some areas of Puget Sound; storm to dump 1-2 feet or more on mountains

    SEATTLE — Snow was falling across some areas of the Puget Sound region, while the Cascades were expected to get clobbered with 1-2 feet or more of snow this weekend. “The most significant snow overnight into Saturday morning will be for the foothills and mountains,” Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said. “Tonight, we will see an inch on I-5 north of King County and (an inch) south of King County. We will see more than 2 inches for Hood […]

  • Lowland snow is a real possibility this weekend; intermittent pass closures expected

    We could see some lowland snow — if precipitation arrives during the coldest hours this weekend. The Cascades were already getting dumped on Friday morning. In fact, eastbound lanes of I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass closed around 7:00 a.m. Click here for the latest traffic updates. Q13 News Meteorologist Tim Joyce has a detailed breakdown of this active weather weekend: THIS MORNING: We’re soggy out there– and we will be for most of the day. Temps are in the 40s– but when […]

  • Flood warnings in effect for some Western Washington rivers

    SEATTLE – Heavy warm rain across Western Washington is sending our snow levels up and it’s causing rivers to rapidly rise around the region. We have flood warnings for the Pilchuck, Tolt/Snoqualmie and the Stillaguamish Rivers. A flood warning means flooding is actively occurring or imminent. We’ve also got a flood watch for a larger area where we could see rivers rise between now and Tuesday. It’s best to not drive across water covered roads and obey local street