M.J. McDermott

M.J. McDermott


I have a degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and I’m proud to say that I am the first woman and TV weather person to win the annual UW Forecasting Competition in more than 60 years. I’m also a member of the American Meteorological Society and hold its Broadcast Seal.

Aside from that, I also have a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Maryland. After working in New York City as an actress, I moved to Seattle.  In the early ‘90s, I co-hosted a children’s TV show on KSTW with Rosco T. Raccoon and won an Emmy.

I am an Air Force brat who was born in Florida and I moved a lot as a kid – I’ve now lived in Seattle longer than anywhere else. I live with my husband and twin teenage boys in  north Ballard.

I’m known around the newsroom for…

Pitching stories on local theatre.

What keeps me going . . .

The hard-working, smart and funny people I work with on the morning show.

I give back to my community by…

Fostering kittens through the Seattle Animal Shelter, tutoring in algebra classes at Ingraham High School, serving meals at a soup kitchen through the Phinney Neighborhood Association and chaperoning athletes to Cross Country & Track meets.

My greatest TV moment…

Any time I cover weather that is impacting the morning commute – working with viewers who email me what is happening in their neighborhood, staying on top of rain, flooding, wind and snow. My goal is keeping people safe and prepared as the region braces for dangerous weather. I especially enjoy tag-teaming with Adam as he reports on the roads and reporters who are out in the field.

TV moment I’d like to forget…

My one day on “All My Children” when I had a scene with Erica (Susan Lucci) because it was the 1980s and I had a horrible perm.

If I had free time, I would…

Work on my second novel — I’m publishing my first novel in 2013.

Send me your weather questions and tips to mj@q13fox.com

Forecast:  Rain to return to mudslide and surrounding area
Winter says goodbye in typical fashion
Just a little more rain before the sunshine