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
  • Bye, Summer 2018! Western Washington was hot, dry, & smoky with ash fall (again)

    SEATTLE– With the warm season now behind us, we can look back on one of the hottest, driest, and smokiest summers we’ve seen around Puget Sound. We didn’t quite tie or set records for days above 80 and 90– but we came really close. At 11 days, we saw almost triple our average of days above 90. A typical summer has about 26 days of 80+ temps. This year we had more than 40 of those warm days.  It was also […]

  • ‘These are all our children’: Community activist says jail not the answer to youth or gang violence

    SEATTLE– “At the end of the day, these are all our children,” says Dominique Davis. “We are responsible for all our children.” Davis is on the front lines of preventing gang violence. He’s one of many community activists that say jail is not the answer. “Some incidences that have happened in the last 24 hours would not have happened, if we were preventative and proactive,” says the 51-year-old Seattle native. He spent years working the street and says he’s seen […]

  • Congress takes multifaceted approach to try to fight the opioid epidemic

    SEATTLE — A new battle in the war on opioids is brewing from Washington state to Washington D.C. Congress recently passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act, a bill aimed at punishing some drug companies and helping both addicts and law enforcement with tools and money. But some people with chronic pain feel like they’re caught in the crossfire. “It’s a horrendous life. There’s no joy left in it,” says Maria Higgenbotham. The Gig Harbor woman’s pain medications have been scaled […]

  • ‘We are not criminals!’ Chronic pain sufferers say pain medication rules unfairly punish

    Rallies held to raise awareness of the difficulties patients with chronic debilitating pain are dealing with now that the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on prescribing pain meds are causing doctors to scale down or eliminate opioid medications that people like her say they need to function.

  • Falling ash, smoky skies: protecting your home

    SEATTLE — With some of the worst air quality we’ve seen around Puget Sound since the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980, a lot of folks are wondering what to do to keep the unhealthy air out of your home. And if it does get in, how to get rid of it properly. The best way to keep out the ash and smoky air is to keep your windows and doors closed. That’s hard to do when it’s hot outside, […]

  • Smoky air doesn’t dull Seattle’s shine as a tourist stop — yet

    SEATTLE — The skies at high noon are much darker than a normal August day. And from Seattle’s Kerry Park, magnificent Mount Rainier is completely obscured by the smoke. As unhealthy air quality continued for yet another day in Western Washington on Wednesday, we wanted to know if it’s affecting the impression that our out-of-town visitors are getting from their smoky experience here. Tourism is, after all, big business in Seattle—contributing billions to the local economy. Around 40 million people […]

  • Falling ash, smoky skies: What’s exactly in that air?

    SEATTLE — The ash falling from wildfires onto cars and patio furniture around Puget Sound can be psychologically impactful, but it’s not as dangerous as what you CAN’T see in the air. When organic plant material burns, most often it creates very microscopic particles that are in the smoke that billows out of wildfires. Scientists call them PM 2.5, which stands for Particulate Matter that’s 2.5 microns or smaller. To get an idea of how small that is, imagine the […]

  • With hazy skies, protect your eyes

    SEATTLE — While a lot of the smoke and haze has folks coughing or irritated throats, there’s one part of your body you’ll want to keep in mind on these hazy and hot summer days — your eyes. Eye doctors say you should avoid looking directly at the sun in these periods of heavy smoke or haze. While it’s tempting to look with the bright orange and red sunrises and sunsets.  it’s actually dangerous for your eyes. The warnings are […]

  • Seattle logs hottest day of the year so far, as temperatures hit 94°

    On this date in 2009, Seattle hit its hottest temperature ever at 103 degrees. We didn't beat that today but we did hit another milestone -- hottest day of the year so far.

  • Home energy audit delivers tips to keep your place cooler and save on your bills

    SEATTLE — On these hot summer days if you’re looking to cool off your house without breaking the budget, many utilities offer home energy audits that help lower your bills and give you some ideas for how to keep the house cool when summer sizzles. We challenged Meteorologist Tim Joyce to use him as a guinea pig for an energy audit. He’s been covering conservation and environmental issues for years,  but can his place pass the test from energy efficiency […]