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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.


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    Washington state prepping early for wildfire season

    CLE ELUM, Wash. — You can hear the thumping of the helicopter blades well before you see the Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter appear from behind the stand of trees at the small municipal airport. A long cable swings from the underside of the chopper, but there’s nothing on it. “That’s one of the hardest maneuvers,” says Elliot Tonning. “It’s hard to fly with a line that doesn’t have any weight on it.” Tanning is one of the Washington State Dept. […]

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    State firefighters training for what is expected to be a busy wildfire season (VIDEO)

    SEATTLE — After back-to-back record wildfire seasons, Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources is training earlier than ever for what it thinks will be a busy season. Tim Joyce shows us why the agency only got a fraction of the money it sought from the Legislature.

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    Officials: Sea-Tac Airport security Band-Aid is working

    SEA-TAC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — Sea-Tac Airport officials say the additional 90 workers to help with passenger security screenings is reducing wait times by a third in just the few days they’ve been on the job. Passengers are noticing. “I had experiences before that took a long time, that was a couple months ago,” says Paymaneh, a Bellevue woman who didn’t want to give her last name. She said she waited 90 minutes in security lines to make a flight to […]

  • A film crew is seen shooting a scene on SR 99 in downtown Seattle on Thursday, May 19, 2016. (Q13 News photo)

    ‘Major film production’ to slow traffic for several days on Alaskan Way Viaduct

    SEATTLE — A movie filming on Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct is expected to slow traffic through the downtown corridor for a few days. The viaduct will not be closed for filming, but travelers can expect rolling slowdowns, mainly between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the northbound lanes, May 19 – 26. Seattle Public Schools say bus drivers will be arriving to work a little earlier to make sure they are picking up students on time. State and local officials […]

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    Is your favorite beach safe for swimming?

    EDMONDS, Wash. — The water bubbles from the small plastic container in Tim Ellis’ hands. He’s holding it about six inches under the surface of the nearly totally clear water a few feet from shore at Bracket’s Landing Beach in Edmonds. “It’s been a ton of fun,” says the retired Boeing employee of 34 years.  “I’m having a great time.” Tim is knee-deep not only in the chilly Puget Sound water, but his WSU Beach Watcher volunteer hours, too.  He’s […]

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    King County Search & Rescue Air Patrol may need its own rescue — from budget ax

    NEAR SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. –The blades of the UH-1 Huey helicopter beat mercilessly above. The trees bend with the downward wind. Dust flies everywhere. A thick wire cable lowers a medic from hundreds of feet above to tend to a wounded hiker. The scene along the rushing Snoqualmie River is just a drill, but what’s not a drill is the budget cuts the King County Sheriff’s Office has to make soon. There’s lots of dangers that these crews face when […]

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    What’s in the Puget Sound water? Seattle environmental group thinks you should be able to know

    SEATTLE — A legal settlement between the Port of Seattle, operators at Pier 66 and a local environmental group will pave a way forward for cleaner water in Elliott Bay. The plaintiff, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, says the bigger issue is how we treat our inland waterways. Right now, ships of all shapes and sizes have little regulation or oversight about what they can dump in Puget Sound. The nonprofit watchdog Puget Soundkeeper Alliance says the settlement of the lawsuit is […]

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    Warm-up ahead, but dangers on rivers remain

    BLACK DIAMOND, Wash. — With yet another warm-up on the way for Western Washington, many water rescue patrols want to raise awareness about staying safe. King County Search and Rescue says drownings and calls for rescues are much higher on area river than lakes. The dangers are very real, both above and below the surface. But, experts say the real danger is actually the water itself. “It’s so scary. You just have to be on alert,” says mother of three […]

  • This is one of 11 boats with Seattle Harbor Patrol that will be watching the waterways this weekend. Photo: Tim Joyce/Q13 News

    Warm temps + cold water could equal extra danger for the start of boating season

    SEATTLE — Boating season is just a few days away. This year, the opening day of the season looks to be the warmest in a decade for the Emerald City. That means those who patrol the waters will likely have their hands full keeping everyone safe on the water. “It’s a warm-up for us for the Fourth of July,” says Sgt. Kevin Haistings with the Seattle Harbor Patrol. “And Fourth of July is a warm-up for four days of Seafair.” […]

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    Are you unknowingly a bad transit rider? We ask riders their biggest pet peeves

    SEATTLE — With the Alaskan Way Viaduct closed, King County Metro says they’re seeing the effects on our mass transit. Commutes are staring earlier in the morning and they’re much busier in the evenings. With lots of folks jamming themselves onto mass transit, in many cases for the first time, it turns out there’s lots of little, easy ways we can make everyone’s experience better when it comes to sharing this public space. “I absolutely hate it,” says Christina, who […]