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
  • From CNN

    Snohomish County nips new pot shops in the bud — for now

    MILL CREEK, Wash.– “We don’t want to be known as a place to get marijuana,” says Diane Symms. She stands outside Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar on the busy Bothell-Everett Highway. She’s owned the local chain for decades and has lived just as long in Snohomish County. Symms is spearheading efforts here to put more space between marijuana shops. She’s happy the Snohomish County Council has put an emergency six-month ban on new pot shops. “The clustering is the […]

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    Wildfire season is here: Would your home be saved or left to burn?

    BLACK DIAMOND, Wash.–  “You’ve got trees right up against this house,” says Bradley Joyce, who is in training with Mountain View Fire and Rescue and assessing the fire threat at this run-down home in rural southeastern King County. “A lot of fuels to burn right up against the house here.” He points out classic examples of what not to do as fire season begins in earnest. “As you can see, the grasses right here go into the ladder fuels here,” […]

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    Trophy hunter appears in court after killing beloved Ellensburg elk ‘Bullwinkle’

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.– Tod Lyle Reichert, 76, sat quietly in the Kittitas County courtroom next to his attorney Tuesday. It has been more than six months since he shot and killed a beloved elk in the Ellensburg area known as Bullwinkle. The trophy hunter who’s currently fighting cancer is also facing charges of hunting big game, which is a class C felony in Washington. “A lot of people are very, very upset,” said Leon Mankowski. “It’s a crime, plain and simple. These […]

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    Stormy Saturday across Western Washington

    SEATTLE- A system of low pressure that’s been keeping the Pacific Northwest unseasonably chilly this week is finally on the move. As it crosses over Western Washington the center of that instability is crossing right over our region. We’ve been tracking isolated thunderstorms from Poulsbo down to Portland all afternoon in the Q13 Weather Center. Some of these storms have reportedly had nickel sized hail stones. Converging winds between Everett  and Seattle have given the atmosphere some additional lift in some cells […]

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    June snow in the Cascades!

    Mt. Rainier Nat’l Park- Hard to believe that summer is only days away and we’re seeing accumulating snow up at Paradise on Mt. Rainier. Snow levels today are hovering around 4,000 feet. The Nat’l Weather Service office in Seattle says in the last 100 years, Paradise on Mt. Rainier has only gotten more than 6 inches of snow 15 times. Today could likely be day number 16. The Paradise parking lot elevation is about 5,400 feet. Don’t worry though, no […]

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    Preparing for the big one: Why you should care about the ‘Cascadia Rising’ quake drill

    SHELTON, Wash. — “We don’t always see the impact on the infrastructure [of cell phone towers] as much as we see the demand,” says one of the several dozen workers to Gov. Jay Inslee. “Should we be telling the public in an event of an emergency, earthquake or otherwise, to try to use text first?” Inslee asked. “Yes, clearly, clearly,” replied one of the communication experts who surrounded him. The governor was touring the crowded and buzzing Mason County Emergency Management Center. […]

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    18 years in the making: Mother and son to graduate together

    KENT, Wash. — Graduation is a special time of year for families. It’s full of endings and new beginnings. For the Harris family in the southern suburbs of Seattle, they have two unique members of the Class of 2016. They’re mother and son. “To me, this is kind of full circle,” says Enjoli Harris-Carter. Back in 1997, when she was a senior in high school in nearby Renton, she found out she was pregnant with Elijah. It was the last […]

  • Leap of Faith - At Merrymore Park in Redmond, WA a very athletic dog frozen in time during lift-off, looking like eagerly launching into the clouds, after another water-ball to retrieve. It was great weather for late February, clouds so beautiful that day. From Mark in Federal Way. (c) MAB 2-27-16

    Here comes the heat! Temps 20 degrees above normal this weekend

    SEATTLE —  Break out the barbecue and lather up the sunscreen. Warmth is roaring back into the Pacific Northwest for the next several days. The return to a summer-like weather pattern is expected to grip the Northwest with temperatures about 20 degrees above normal for this time of year though the weekend. At SeaTac Int’l Airport, Puget Sound’s signature climate data point, highs temperatures will be near record highs on both Saturday and Sunday. Typically for the first week of […]

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    West Nile virus back in Washington state, earlier than ever

    WEST RICHLAND, Wash. — The West Nile virus, which brings fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes, is back again in Washington state. The Benton County Mosquito Control District found the infected mosquito that tested positive for West Nile virus in a sample taken from a trap on May 18 near the Tri-Cities. Severe symptoms of the mosquito-carried virus include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. Not only is West Nile back, the populations of the […]

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    Travel troubles loom for busy weekend ahead

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. — You can hear the thump of the car tires when they cross the expansion joints on the bridge over the Ebey Slough on Interstate 5 entering Marysville. When you go across one that hasn’t been fixed yet, you can feel the thud, too. The long-running on-again, off-again project to replace 41 of these aging joints is back on again this weekend. For folks who have to get between Marysville and neighboring Everett, this project has been a […]